Hope amidst the chaos

By Sandra Bulling When Super Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines on Friday, Lourdes Hermilda had been with her husband and two children, counting down the days until the birth of their new baby, and hoping the storm wouldn’t be as bad as predicted. But within minutes, the world changed: terrifying wind from one of…

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Shelter from the storm: Rebuilding after Typhoon Haiyan

Written by Suzanne Charest, communications director for CARE Canada. She travelled to the Philippines to support CARE’s response to Typhoon Haiyan. A banner across the town hall building in typhoon-hit Albuera reads: “Hard pressed but not crushed, struck down but not destroyed, perplexed but not hopeless, thank you very much for your wholehearted help.” On…

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Philippines: A woman in action

Written by: Dennis Amata, Information and Communications Manager, CARE Philippines It was a sunny morning in the laid-back village of Plaridel in the town of Dagami, Leyte. People started entering a small community chapel to attend CARE’s Community Risk Assessment training. Rizalyn Biong, a 28-year-old mother of three, held the microphone and started the training…

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The journey to resilience after Haiyan

Written by: Dennis Amata, Information & Communications Manager, CARE Philippines “All of the houses in my village were destroyed in a snap. We nearly lost everything.” This was what Analita Garcela shared when asked about her experience when super typhoon Haiyan smashed its way through Central Philippines on November 8, 2013. Analita, 47, is the…

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