SRT member Jim Kemp (UK) was on his first ShelterBox deployment:
‘Just the day before, I was near the capital Manila seeing families made homeless by the recent floods move into ShelterBox tents, so I was eager to hear the experiences of families in Mindanao who had lived in the tents and moved out.
‘When we arrived in Cagayan de Oro, it was hard to imagine the destruction that the typhoon had caused. The city was getting ready for a festival, shops were open, and the streets were busy and all around were signs of construction.
‘We heard that there were still some families living in ShelterBox tents, but the first camp location we went to was empty as the families had recently transferred to more permanent shelters.
‘The next site we travelled to at Calaalan was full of activity as the land was being used to build permanent houses. Further in the distance we could see the familiar white domes of ShelterBox tents dotted around what had once been a busy camp of more than 200.
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