Tropical storm Usman hit the Philippines on 29 December 2018, sweeping through the country until the end of December.

The storm was the deadliest weather disaster in the Philippines in 2018, following Typhoon Mangkhut in September.

Heavy rains triggered landslides across the centre of the country, and the storm coincided with the monsoon season, making rainfall and flooding even worse.

We supported over 2,000 families with shelter kitsmosquito nets, blankets, solar lights and storage boxes.

In this first update for our response, our team had arrived in the Philippines to assess people’s needs after the storm.

They discovered swathes of damage to homes and infrastructure, and a great deal of need in people who had lost their homes.

Watch now.

In this second update from the field, the team found an opportunity to support the local government’s relief efforts.

We have supported families with essential shelter aid, including shelter kits, mosquito nets, blankets, solar lights and storage boxes.

Watch now to see some of the affected areas and see our team training families so they can use their new equipment.

In this third video, Rosemarie brings you a quick look at our first distributions of aid in Lope de Vega.

Can you spot all of the aid items being distributed?

  • Shelter kits
  • Mosquito nets
  • Solar lamps
  • Blankets
  • Water carriers

Measuring our impact in the Philippines

Aid distributions were followed by post-distribution monitoring.

Post-distribution monitoring aims to measure our impact, and it involves surveys as well as focus group discussions with people who have received ShelterBox aid following the disaster.

Some of the key findings suggest that the aid items are visibly being used and are considered useful.

The water carriers were specifically appreciated, as the people who use them said that they are light and therefore easier to use.

Watch the video from the team that was in the field.

Aid we have delivered in the Philippines


A selection of hardwearing tools and materials as well as rope and nails.

Solar lights

These lights enable families to cook meals and children to finish their homework when it gets dark.

Grey thermal blanket humanitarian aid


These not only provide vital warmth, but comfort, too, when families are recovering from disaster.