Big Lottery Fund awards £7m to Plan UK and Save the Children to support work after Philippines typhoon

The grants are from the BLF's £80m International Communities programme, which was set up to support disadvantaged communities around the world

Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines
Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

The Big Lottery Fund has awarded more than £7m to Plan UK and Save the Children to support their work in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan.

The grant-maker said today it had awarded £3.9m to Plan UK and £3.2m to Save the Children from its £80m International Communities programme, a five-year scheme set up in 2010 to support disadvantaged communities around the world.

More than 6,000 people were killed as a result of the cyclone in November 2013.

Plan UK will use the money to work with more than 14,000 people including those with disabilities, out-of-work young people and female-led households.

The BLF said Save would use its funding to support about 11,000 families with more than 32,500 children in Capiz and Iloilo provinces.

The BLF said the funding was awarded after it consulted a range of NGOs in the disaster area, the Disasters Emergency Committee and Bond to identify how the money could be best used. A BLF spokesman said it ran an open bidding process for the funding.

The DEC appeal raised £95m to support people affected by the typhoon.

Peter Ainsworth, UK chair of the Big Lottery Fund, said: "I remember too well the terrible images of devastation and hopelessness after Typhoon Haiyan struck. The Big Lottery Fund’s mission is to support people most in need so we are funding two experienced organisations to work on the long term recovery in the Philippines – helping people to rebuild their communities and infrastructure in the area hit by this disaster."

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