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Mindanao island earthquakes

We have supported families who've lost their homes

What happened?


In October 2019, three powerful earthquakes shook Mindanao island, destroying homes and whole buildings.

Around 21,000 homes have turned to rubble, with an additional 7,000 homes severely damaged.

Thousands of people have fled to evacuation centres and some are staying with host families. 

The families who have been hit the hardest are currently staying in makeshift shelters, and they're not expected to return back to their homes for at least six months.

How are we responding?


Our teams have completed assessments in the Philippines after three earthquakes shook Mindanao in October.

We found that thousands of families lost their homes, and are in severe need of support. Working closely with Rotary and the local government, we have provided life-changing aid to those who need it most.

Families have received shelter kits, corrugated iron sheets, tarpaulins and rope. These tools and aid items will support them so that they can build a shelter and regain a sense of privacy to start recovering.

Watch the video to learn more.

Distributions are officially complete in the Philippines for this first phase of the response.

So far we have supported over 1,500 families whose homes were destroyed or seriously damaged.

We have provided training to people we've helped, and they have also given training to the rest of their local community.

Watch the video to hear Dave's final update on our response in Mindanao.

Thank you - your ongoing support is helping us reach families affected by disaster in the Philippines and beyond

Disasters in the Philippines


A family who received a ShelterBox tent after Typhoon Haiyan

We have responded to disasters in the Philippines more than any other country.

Since 2004 we have responded over 25 times in the country to various devastating disasters such as storms, typhoons, floods, cyclones, and earthquakes.

Have a look at our Disasters Explained series to find out more about the different types of natural disasters we respond to.

Learn more about our work in the Philippines here.