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Marawi Assistance

Safe spaces for children who were relocated after being displaced by the Marawi siege.
These safe spaces help children return to a normal routine through activities, games, and informal education. Parents also benefit from these spaces through trainings in psychosocial care.
Jasper Llanderal and Sunny Zainal Jumuad

In May 2017, conflict broke out between armed groups and the government of the Philippines in Marawi, displacing nearly 360,000 people. The U.S. government, through USAID has committed more than $63.6 million (Php3.4 billion) for humanitarian and recovery work in and around Marawi.

In collaboration with the Philippine government and development organizations, USAID is delivering life-saving humanitarian assistance that is improving conditions in evacuation centers and host communities. For example, USAID is installing water and sanitation facilities, promoting good hygiene practices and distributing emergency shelter materials, benefitting over 33,000 internally displaced persons. USAID is also providing health clinics with supplies and services to address tuberculosis (TB) and support maternal, newborn and child health needs. In addition, USAID is establishing women- and child-friendly spaces to protect them from exploitation and violence, as well as support their psychosocial needs. In partnership with the World Food Programme, USAID will offer supplementary nutrition for 5,000 children and 6,000 pregnant women and lactating mothers.

USAID is also advancing durable solutions for internally displaced persons by improving their economic and social conditions. This assistance will help young women and men to enhance their job skills and attain livelihoods, expanding opportunities and stimulating the economy. To bolster the longer-term revitalization of Marawi and its surrounding areas, USAID is continuing to partner with the Philippine government to help restore public services, like water and electricity, and will sustain work with communities to expand economic development, promote peaceful dialogue, and improve health and education systems.

The following are some of the key results to date:

Humanitarian Assistance:

  • To boost food security, USAID partnered with the World Food Programme to provide nearly 4 million pounds of rice — enough to feed 45,000 people for four months — to displaced families.
  • To restart livelihoods, USAID supplied cash grants to 7,000 eligible families to restart businesses and jobs.
  • To improve security conditions, USAID provides 35,600 individuals with emergency shelter assistance.


  • More than 1,400 internally displaced persons now have skills that enable them to restore their livelihoods. For example, USAID’s programs trained micro, small and medium entrepreneurs, farmers and female weavers on topics such as business management and production technologies.
  • USAID helped forge partnerships with five private firms (Coca-Cola, Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Echostore and Pilmico Foods), leveraging resources to jointly implement livelihood recovery activities.


  • USAID, in partnership with the Department of Energy, installed 205 solar street lights in transitional shelter sites around Marawi City, improving safety for almost 8,000 internally displaced persons. To promote sustainability, USAID partnered with Lanao del Sur Electric Cooperative to engage residents in the installation of the streetlights and provide training on solar technology, installation and safety.
  • USAID installed solar rooftops in four rural health clinics within Marawi City, providing electricity services and ventilation to enable basic services for more than 22,000 patients who use these facilities.


  • USAID helped restore and fortify essential services in 21 health facilities — comprising nearly one third of all health facilities in Marawi and its environs and benefitting about 580,000 people. Since the Marawi Siege, USAID’s health programs in and around Marawi have provided more than 26,000 women with services such as prenatal care, skilled deliveries, postpartum care and voluntary family planning. Nearly 2,000 newborns received essential post natal care through USAID assistance.


  • More than 2,000 Marawi youth — with support from USAID — have completed technical, vocational and life skills training in partnership with the Philippine Department of Education and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). Of this, more than 1,200 youth are equipped for the workforce with national certifications from TESDA.
  • Marawi youth beneficiaries of USAID’s programs have organized a youth network for almost 500 youth who are now conducting community service activities such as community clean-ups, hygiene kit distribution, lighting installation, feeding programs for children and school uniform repairing.
  • USAID helped displaced students to return to school by distributing 6,500 desks for schools where they are enrolled.


  • USAID’s programs have facilitated over 50 inter-religious group dialogues and trained more than 200 key leaders from Marawi and the surrounding region on foundational peacebuilding.

Water and Sanitation:

  • In 2018, USAID’s work expanded access to clean water for more than 6,000 residents in Marawi — a critical basic service that is important to advancing stability in this region.
  • In the early days of the conflict, USAID helped restore access to water by distributing 12,000 water containers and nearly 100,000 chlorine tablets to 12,000 families.

Last updated: August 26, 2019

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