One Year After Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)

Pauline Lacanilao

It was supposed to be just another place to volunteer while waiting for grad school to start. But when Supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan) made landfall two days after she first walked into work, Pauline’s life changed. Because the need was so large, she committed to helping the people of Tacloban — the city most devastated by the storm — for at least a year.

So here we are.

On Pauline’s first day, she fell in love with the children that her organization serves. She saw the real and lasting impact that this small group of people made in the Manila community where they are based. She had no idea she’d be part of the organization’s expansion into Tacloban, a city 500 hundred miles away.

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When Pauline disembarked the plane upon arriving in Tacloban a few weeks after the storm, this is what greeted her. The damage was immeasurable. Literally as far…

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