Typhoon Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda, was one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded on the planet. It devastated portions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines, in early-November 2013.


Haiyan was the deadliest natural disaster in Philippine's history, killing at least 6,300 people. 

Eastern Visayas, which is a rural district, was considered the worst affected area, with more than 40,000 dead, injured, or missing; and hundreds of thousands of homes destroyed and millions of people displaced.

MicroAid Builds a Family Compound for Betty — 2015

On the east coast of the island of Samar, an area that is in the direct path of Pacific typhoons, especially Haiyan (2013) and Ruby (2014), many people were left homeless.

Betty’s house was almost completely destroyed by the typhoon in 2013, and she was unable to rebuild. She was widowed a few years before and was just barely able to support her four daughters, one son, and three grandkids. She had no recourse after the typhoon damaged most of her house and destroyed her daughter’s and her husband’s next door. That's when MicroAid showed up.


Betty’s compound before MicroAid

One house being repaired, one house being built

The roof being built

A new roof for the old house as well

Betty's MicroAid houses complete

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MicroAid Builds a Family Compound for Pedro — 2015 

After his home was completely destroyed, Pedro and his kids lived in what remained of the grandmother’s house.


Pedro's wife abandoned the family (four girls, one boy) a few years earlier, and he was doing his best to raise and support them, along with his mom, when the typhoon destroyed their home and damaged hers. He rebuilt as best he could, and they all lived in one cramped space. But they didn’t own the land, and the owner wanted it back. So MicroAid built on land they did own!

Pedro’s family's compound before MicroAid

The new home construction beginning 

The second house on Pedro's site going up 

The nearly complete houses with their new windows

Pedro's family's new houses completed 

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