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Luz and her very lovely family – supporting another tailor

Originally posted on Helping hands for Tacloban:

Until now I’ve told you mostly about the follow up work I did with Jackie’s beneficiaries.  I met new people though, and I’d like to start telling you about them.  I need to explain though, that I didn’t get the same detail Jackie did on a lot of the people I met.  It was hard to ask questions, have them translated, have the person answer, have the answer translated, make notes and then ask the next question.  It was especially hard when these were incredibly personal questions and it was clear I was assessing whether we would or wouldn’t help.

Personally, I also found it really difficult to see the levels of poverty people were surviving in.  I’ve never seen anything like it before and a lot of the time I was just trying to hold it together, to not react so that people didn’t feel judged by this white…

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Leyte

Originally posted on Awkward...:

My trip to Tacloban was a few months overdue. My friend Emma and I initially planned the trip on December 2013, but I did not have enough funds back then. I finally got to save enough to be able to give something to some typhoon survivors by April.

I was nervous when I left home for Tacloban. The money that I had set aside for our activity was not in my bank account. I later found out that it was just because of the bank’s system maintenance. Later in the day, the money in my bank account even doubled. I thought it was a miracle! Ha! Everything was corrected after the maintenance.

During my brief layover in Cebu on my way to Tacloban, I had to meet my coolest friend in the world Jersie. She took me to breakfast and I had to give her money for the hotel reservation…

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Cebuana Lhuillier donates 10,000 pcs. of pavers in Tacloban

Originally posted on ka-Cebuana:

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TACLOBAN CITY–Cebuana Lhuillier, the largest microfinancial company in the Philippines, once again extended its help to the city of Tacloban. Together with Unilever-Surf, and Smart Communications, Cebuana Lhuillier donated 10,000 pieces of cement pavers to Dr. AP Bañez Memorial Elementary School and Cirilo Roy Montejo National High School, two public schools in Tacloban.

The partnership of the three leading companies gave birth to a sachet recovery program which aims to collect empty Surf sachets, which a consumer can exchange for free Smart texts in any of Cebuana Lhuillier’s more than 1,700 branches nationwide. The program was able to collect over 12 million empty detergent sachets during its first two years which were converted to cement pavers and other useful materials.

“Almost a year ago, our place has been hit by the Typhoon Yolanda, which killed thousands of people and left us hopeless. Our school’s properties including classrooms and facilities were…

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Eastern Samar Savings Group Starts Feeds Store

Originally posted on CCT Savings and Credit:

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Members of a savings group in Cabay, Balangkayan, Eastern Samar have opened a feeds store in their community.

The setting up of  savings groups in needy communities is a program of the Center for Community Transformation Group of Ministries.

Members of the groups meet regularly for Bible study and to deposit their savings.  The savings are accumulated to allow the members to eventually start micro enterprises as individuals or as a group.

Cabay is one of 15 barangays in Balangkayan, a fifth-class municipality in the province of Eastern Samar.  After the province was devastated by Typhoon Yolanda in November 2013, four staff of the Center for Community Transformation whose family roots are in the region were relocated from Metro Manila to help with relief and recovery.  Among the recovery efforts is the organizing of savings groups among the residents.

The feeds store sells chicken and hog feeds,  growers, and vitamins…

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Cha Cha Bantayan

Originally posted on Cha Cha Bantayan:

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Welcome to my new blog Cha Cha Bantayan, a site to profile the post Yolanda recovery efforts of the NGO, Young Pioneer Disaster Response.

YPDR was founded on Bantayan, an island in the Visayan Sea which experienced massive devastation due to a direct hit from the eye of Super Typhoon Yolanda.  In December of 2013 a group of friends mobilized a relief effort to offer simple help, but with grassroots backed momentum, in the Winter of 2014 we decided to stay long term and founded the NGO Young Pioneer Disaster Response.

Currently operating with over 130 local paid employes and 12 unpaid foreign volunteers, in just 6 months YPDR has a post disaster response resume to be proud of.  In December we partnered with Polish Humanitarian Action to start a massive emergency phase shelter project in which we trained community based carpenters, built model houses, and oversaw the…

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The Tacloban that I saw

Originally posted on Helping hands for Tacloban:

I have posted the story about one family already but now that I am back in the States and am about to write about all the rest, I wanted to take a step back and tell you about the Tacloban I saw. Perhaps that will help paint a better picture as I start telling the other stories, and showing you the photographs I took.

The devastation is still literally breathtaking. Yes, compared to what I saw in December, there has indeed been some progress. But it has been molasses slow in a lot of the places, especially in the ones I visited. Sure, my mother’s neighborhood already has electricity (they got electricity back in March, a little over four months after the typhoon), but most of the households I went to still did not have any. Did I dare go there at dark? No way. So you will not see…

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Rebuilding Lives

Originally posted on The CEBUANO:

More than one month after Typhoon Yolanda pummeled the Visayan islands, the remaining refugees from Tacloban were finally moved to the Family Rebuilding Center at the South Road Properties. Prior to this transfer, the refugees were housed in different barangay gyms all over the city. The Cebu City Government, in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross, set aside a lot at the SRP to build a tent city that is not only clean and safe but also complete with cooking areas, restrooms, and enough breathing space.

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[Event] Forum: Women After the Storm -Oxfam

Originally posted on Human Rights Online Philippines:

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Nine months after typhoon Haiyan…

Originally posted on Aid for Typhoon Haiyan Victims:

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Sometimes stories can be very difficult to justify when your sources comes from the main stream. At times it can get very redundant and confusing that it losses it’s soul purpose in providing the truth.

In times like today, social media is just that, a source of main stream information. It has become part of our daily life that one can read a story, and it will come and go in a few days. Even if it is a huge disaster that will take a long time to recover, so many unfortunate events out there, it can be easily forgotten.

The big cities are still struggling to fight what is needed to be done, in essence for the forgotten ones, this has become almost a losing battle. The smaller barrios are now at the tipping point where once the shelters provided were meant to be temporary is becoming permanent. Many…

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