Posted on December 17, 2012


In a previous post, I wrote about childhood trauma in the children who survived the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. I’d like to address the children in the Philippines who have also experienced a potentially traumatizing event, which came in the form of a typhoon.

Some people may have noticed that the Philippines has been hit by numerous vicious typhoons over the past few years.  The most recent devastation was brought by Typhoon Bopha. Victims have lost almost everything they have, if not all, including family members.

According to ABS-CBN News, a Philippine news station, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), together with other organizations, have expressed their concerns regarding the state of the Filipino children affected by Typhoon Bopha. Two of the main concerns expressed were child trafficking and malnutrition, which were brought about by UNICEF‘s experience in other disaster-stricken countries and the malnutrition rates of the areas in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Bopha even before the typhoon arrived (ABS-CBN News).

The World Food Programme (WFP) has been working with the Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in providing urgent food and non-food needs to the people affected, such as rice, high-energy biscuits, and temporary shelters (WFP). Moving forward, the WFP will also be helping the local government with logistics support in order to provide food and nutrition aid for about 400,000 individuals affected by Typhoon Bopha in an effective and timely manner (WFP). Other than providing food and logistics support, the WFP also plans on providing emergency school feeding for children, in partnership with the Department of Education of the Philippines (DepEd) and the Philippine Department of Health, and also support for nursing mothers (WFP).

Please help the children and their families affected by this disaster, and give them hope for a brighter future. Let them know that there are people who care about their well-being. As we’ve seen in the past, it takes time and funds to rebuild communities and lives, so any amount or type of help will make a difference.

To help the WFP provide assistance in the Philippines, visit