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Wednesday 25 January 2012

Rebuilding lives in the Philippines
Rebuilding lives in the Philippines Little Jane tending to the mini-store in ShelterBox camp in Cagayan de Oro.

On 16 December one of the worst national disasters to hit the Philippines in two decades struck the southern island of Mindanao. Typhoon Washi killed more than 1,200 people and destroyed over 10,000 homes. A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) has been setting up ShelterBox tents at sites in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan providing thousands of displaced families with shelter, warmth and dignity during the aftermath of the devastating disaster.

Families at the ShelterBox camps have shown courage by continuing with their normal day-to-day lives as much as possible under the circumstances. One ShelterBox tent is not only being used as a home, but also as a mini-store. Little Jane, whose father died attempting to save her and her mother, is seen above looking after their store that provides food to the camp.


SRT volunteer Arnold Kelly (NZ) with families happy with their new homes in Cagayan de Oro.

Susan is another survivor of the disaster along with her partner Jeffery and their two children. She told SRT volunteer Abner Tayco about the moment when she almost gave up when the whole family was swept away in the floods: ‘I just shut my eyes as I could no longer take the suffering of seeing any one of my family die in front of me. I thought the next time I was going to see them would be in heaven.’ The first sound she heard the next morning was her children shouting. They survived the ordeal and are now rebuilding their lives with the contents of a ShelterBox.

 
SRT volunteer Abner Tayco (PH) amidst the destruction caused by Typhoon Washi.

The government is now working tirelessly to clear the debris from the destroyed towns in order to re-house people such as Little Jane, Susan and Jeffery who lost everything in a moment. ShelterBox continues to deliver disaster relief by providing these families with not only new homes but also hope.
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