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11.05.2014

A Year after Yolanda

A year ago, the Philippines most specially the Visayas region was hit by a typhoon named Yolanda or also known as Haiyan. This typhoon devastated not just the provinces per se but also the lives of many people. Yolanda's aftermath also made a huge impact in the lives of families and survivors whose loved ones got killed and whose livelihoods were washed away. The impact was not short-lived; it was perennial.

Photo courtesy of World Vision

Photo courtesy of World Vision

Photo courtesy of World Vision
Photo courtesy of World Vision


Recovering was indeed one of the hardest things Yolanda survivors have to do. The road to recovery was not easy and fast but through the help of other people and different organizations, people were given hope and strength and they were able to walk through the road to recovery step by step.

People and organizations all over the country and all over the world had their own ways of reaching out to the Yolanda survivors. One of the organizations which partook and was very persistent in this endeavor is World Vision

During the relief phase, World Vision set up spaces for children, mothers and their young children and distributed some goods to the survivors.

Photo courtesy of World Vision

Photo courtesy of World Vision

Photo courtesy of World Vision

Photo courtesy of World Vision

Photo courtesy of  World Vision

After the relief phase, there was a recovery phase and as part of it, World Vision gave a training about carpentry to help people build their houses. Personally, this is an amazing thing because as you would put it in a quote, "Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; show him how to catch a fish, and you feed him for a lifetime". This makes it a more meaningful experience because teaching them to work would be of greater benefit rather than giving something one-shot.

Photo courtesy of World Vision
It has been a year already. Some people may have not fully recovered yet but little by little they found their way to start anew. The smile we see from every survivor is a ray of hope and strength beaming in the lives of every Filipino and people around the world. No matter what the circumstances are, there will always be people who are there to help. We will always overcome whatever will impede our way.

Photo courtesy of World Vision

Photo courtesy of World Vision

Photo courtesy of World Vision
Photo courtesy of World Vision



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