Starting Over

Sprouting Leaves

So typhoon Haiyan happened and we were right smack in the middle of it. The whole country, the whole world was aghast with the amount of destruction it had caused and is still causing. We had no running water for days, no electricity for months. People are still rebuilding their homes, starting over from scratch. Not to mention the lives that were lost. But let me tell you something. When the storm ended and our neighbors were starting to come out of their houses, or what was left of it, they were smiling, we were smiling. We were laughing even. We were just happy to be alive. The men quickly brought out tools and started fixing what could be fixed.

Filipinos are known to be happy people. Now the world knows we are happy, strong, and resilient.

Thank you for all those who helped. Daghang salamat!

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Thank you World

Quierosaber's Blog

typhoonThe Filipinos will never forget the worst devastation by a typhoon, when the strongest ever recorded – the super typhoon Yolanda (International codename: Haiyan), made landfall in the Visayas region on November 8, 2013 triggering a tsunami-like massive destruction and deaths in its wake, thus, causing a humanitarian crisis.

Now, more than 100 days since, survivors are slowly starting to get back on their feet and making life as normal as it can get with the help of government, the private sector, civil society, the church and local humanitarian organizations.

But, most of all, the survivors owe it to the tremendous response and relief efforts by the international community and agencies, not only in terms of money and personnel, but also in kind ranging from food, clean water, shelter and basic health care.

We could not thank enough for the concern, prayers and acts of compassion extended to the Filipinos…

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Hope in a Card



Hope in a Card raises funds for Typhoon Haiyan survivors through Gawad Kalinga Philippines


Journeys in Medicine

Part 3 (link to part 1 and part 2)

After the first ten days I feel more at ease. Things that looked exotic and strange to me a week ago seem now familiar. The days pass in a predictable pattern and we don’t get called out at night anymore. We usually set up our surgeries the day before which gives me ample time for preparation. Routine kicks in and I can slowly reclaim my comfort zone.

The on-calls are still a bit of a nuisance though. Most patients that are admitted at night have medical conditions which I have forgotten all about and so I have my nose buried deep in the books of medical wisdom every time an asthma or hypertension patients enters the tent. We are five doctors and thus on-call every fifth night and that means we spend 34 hours at the hospital. We are not overwhelmed…

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Aid For Typhoon Haiyan Victims

Aid for Typhoon Haiyan Victims


We at AFTHV, sometimes forget that there are people behind this small organization that also deserves to be recognized. In fact these few members have gone far beyond their duties to help run our Facebook campaign. These three people have done so much to make things happen from the beginning of our campaign up to the end of our last donation drive. They also come from different background in there perspective career, but they all share a common goal, to help the victims of typhoon Haiyan.

I would like to share with you three of our people that have helped AFTHV become a reality, Brian Hungerford, Brittni Smallwood, and Juliet Corpuz.

Brian Hungerford is a registered nurse working in the field of home visiting nurse program. His passion to help people has resonated also to helping the people of Leyte. He is the cofounder of AFTHV and have helped me…

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Cash distributions helps bring sustainable relief to Philippines

Kate Marshall for IFRC


Dagami, PHILIPPINES, SOUTH-EASTERN ASIA: Outside a crowded hall in Dagami, Leyte, scores of people are queuing to register with the volunteers of the Philippine Red Cross cash distribution programme. A group of mothers who have each just collected 5,000 pesos ($110 US dollars) chat and share their experiences of the last 100 days since Typhoon Haiyan hit the islands.

The typhoon, one of the most powerful in recorded history, made landfall in the Visayas region of central Philippines. 16 million people were affected, 1 million homes were damaged or destroyed and over 5 million people saw their livelihoods ruined.

The women from Dagami recall the difficulties they have faced; what it was like to have the roofs ripped from their homes, to go without food and water, to live under a tarpaulin and be soaked to the skin when it rains.

On the positive side, they have been recipients of a massive relief effort but despite this, Evelyn, Golie, Jocelyn and Jenny are really worried about the future. “What will happen to us when the aid stops?,” they ask. Their main concern is being ready for when the next typhoon comes along. Like most survivors, they want a secure income, durable shelter and access to education for their children.In the last 100 days the Philippine Red Cross reached over 1 million people with emergency relief – cooked meals, dry food rations, non-food household items – and covered nearly a quarter of total shelter needs in the affected area. The Red Cross has also distributed emergency cash grants to almost 50,000 households.

As part of the recovery plan, the challenge now for the Red Cross and other humanitarian agencies will be to focus on the recovery needs of survivors particularly in the areas of rebuilding homes and restoring livelihoods.

A recent Philippine Red Cross-led recovery assessment vindicated this approach with a strong recommendation to integrate shelter and livelihood programmes and for better geographic targeting of the poorest areas. Among the recommendations to promote livelihoods were activities to restore the purchasing power of farmers and fishermen, programmes to diversify income sources, and skills training.

For its part, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched a 126 million Swiss francs ($139 million US dollars, 102 million Euros) appeal to meet the long term recovery needs of 100,000 families (500,000 people) over the next two years. So far, only 55 per cent of the appeal target has been reached.Like other tenant farmers who received cash from Red Cross, farm labourer Benjamin Cabriros barely earns enough to support his family of seven. “Life is more difficult now,” he says. “I can’t find a proper job and can only get casual work in the rice fields. Of course I’m worried about the future and how we’re going to eat, but so is nearly everyone else in my barangay (village).”

Like many others, Benjamin has already made basic repairs to his house, but admits they are unlikely to withstand another storm because he lacks the skills to do a good job. He is keen to retrain as a carpenter because they are always in short supply and make good money.

Eric Salve, Philippine Red Cross disaster management service manager, says just as the Haiyan response required the resources of the entire Red Cross movement, so recovery will need a long-term commitment.“The Philippines is highly vulnerable to natural disasters and they tend to be multiple ones,” he says. “We met our relief target in less than three months. Now we need raise further funding for two to three years of recovery work in shelter and livelihoods, disaster risk reduction, capacity building, health and education. We need to make sure communities are well prepared to face any future disaster.”___________________WNN / IFRC

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