Rebuilding Lives After Typhoon Washi

ShelterBox tent beneficiary Evangeline de la Peña with her children packing up her tent to take with them to their newly built home, the Philippines, August 2012.
ShelterBox tent beneficiary Evangeline de la Peña with her children packing up her tent to take with them to their newly built home, the Philippines, August 2012.

 

Last week, eight months after Typhoon Washi, a ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) returned to Mindanao in the Philippines to find out what had happened to the families who had lost everything. 

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.

Flooded streets in Manila, the Philippines, following Tropical Storm Haikui, August 2012.
Flooded streets in Manila, the Philippines, following Tropical Storm Haikui, August 2012.

 

READ MORE HERE: WASHI

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