Christmas in the Philippines: Together as a community On 22 December, HelpAge and its partner Coalition of Services for the Elderly (COSE) and Mercy Malaysia organised a Christmas party at the Ormoc District Hospital. Children sang carols and all generations joined in playing games and dancing. HelpAge Santas handed out gift baskets of fruits, biscuits, chocolates, balloons and toys to inpatients and a Christmas packed lunch was distributed.
Typhoon Haiyan, three months on: Aid reaches 50,000 people HelpAge International and partners in the Philippines have helped almost 50,000 people in the three months since Typhoon Haiyan hit on 7 November 2013. As well as providing direct help to older people, we have been raising awareness of the needs of people over 60 who are routinely neglected in emergency responses.