Typhoon Yolanda

Although the Philippines is constantly under pressure from heavy rainfall, this year the Super-typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) was one of the strongest recorded tropical cyclones in history to make landfall.  With sustained winds of up to 295 kph, Yolanda was considered to be a category 5 hurricane and has affected an estimated 12.9 million people in the Philippines (source: UNICEF).

The destruction of the storm has been massive but relief efforts have been extremely responsive, including that of the ISM community. Students, parents, alumni, ex-teachers and other international organizations connected to ISM have mobilized to respond to the disaster and contribute towards the relief effort.


What have we been doing in school?

– On Monday, November 11, ISM sent $10,000 from the disaster relief fund to support the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda.

– Donations of canned food, clothing, blankets and medicine were collected during International Family Fun Day and have been shipped to affected areas already.

– Disaster relief T-shirts were created by Middle School and sold across the community to raise funds for the disaster appeal.

– Grade 4 students have been working to maintain awareness of the appeal and a sponsored read-a-thon is taking place to raise funds.

– Many people in our community have been participating in relief operations to pack water and goods with various local community-based action groups and charities.

– We have partnered with schools from across the world, including Madrid, Bangkok and London, who are raising funds for our ISM disaster relief fund.

-Our Community has been donating online and at the cashier’s office to the ISM Disaster Relief Fund. To date well over $10,000 has been raised. These funds are being channeled directly to UNICEF’s Philippines Typhoon Yolanda response.


Where does the money donated by our Community  go?







UNICEF has changed its funding requirements for Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) to US$61.5 million, bringing the total appeal to US$96.4 million to support children and women affected across the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan, the Bohol Earthquake and the Mindanao conflict.


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As part of the inter-agency Typhoon Haiyan Action Plan, UNICEF is working with partners including the Government’s National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and local authorities. UNICEF will be prioritizing interventions in watersanitation and hygiene (WASH), child protectionhealtheducation and nutrition.

For example, generators are being sent from UNICEF Denmark to power water purification plants, and temporary schools are being constructed using tents because many children have had their schools destroyed.


Links for more information

Bamboo Telegraph

UNICEF Philippines

UNICEF Yolanda Appeal


Please continue to donate and support the communities affected by Typhoon Yolanda.


Chris Rea 

Grade 2 Class Teacher.

ES Service & Environmental Learning Coordinator.