Resilience And Positivity In The Philippines

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PANAY/PHILIPPINES. March 2014. Milagros Araque, mother of three, lost her husband during Haiyan whilst he was overseeing the island's fishing ponds. Her hope and courage was inspiring. (Matt White/ShelterBox) PANAY/PHILIPPINES. March 2014. Milagros Araque, mother of three, lost her husband during Haiyan whilst he was overseeing the island’s fishing ponds. Her hope and courage was inspiring. (Matt White/ShelterBox)

ShelterBox Response Team members working on the island of Panay in response to Typhoon Haiyan have been inspired by the resilience and positivity shown by Filipino families.
At first glance, life on Panay has returned to some level of normality since Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall across the central Philippine islands. The main streets around Pontevedra Municipal Hall are busy, vibrant and full of life; a real sense of ‘business as usual’. Trees that were stripped have new growth, roads are clear and tradesmen are rebuilding.
However, on closer inspection you can still see clearly the destruction and devastation that was left by one of the most powerful typhoons in living memory. Some houses lean precariously at 45 degrees whilst others…

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