Celebrating the Second Anniversary of the Cangumbang Center

Cangumbang Community Center, Palo, Philippines

August 23rd, 2015 marked the two year anniversary of the original blessing of the Cangumbang Community and Evacuation Center, made possible by our partner Volunteer for the Visayans and the fundraising efforts of our Director, Elsa Tomasma. Over the past two years, the center has seen both immense growth and unbelieveable devastation. However, the Cangumbang Center continues to literally stand…

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May Donor Spotlight – Children Helping Children

After Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, a school teacher in Barcelona, Spain, Mark Paterson, felt drawn to help support relief efforts by initiating a school wide fundraiser at St. Paul’s School. He knew the fundraiser would not only help survivors, of what has been called the worst storm in history, but also help educate his own students about the aftermath,…

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Day 30: Unfinished Business

Though 12 months have passed, there are still countless issues that remain unaddressed. There are still multiple Tent Cities throughout the island of Leyte, where families remain living in tents distributed by the UN within a month of Typhoon Haiyan. The tents continue to deteriorate and the families continue to wait for permanent relocation sites to move to. Many households remain…

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Day 29: Interview with Elsa – Survivor & Director

Elsa Thomasma is the Director of the GoAbroad Foundation and an active philanthropist who is living and working in Tacloban City, Philippines. Her vision and drive made it possible to construct a storm shelter in Cangumbang, a village south of Tacloban, that saved countless lives during Typhoon Haiyan (known in the Philippines as Yolanda). As she continues to work to…

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Day 28: Perceptions of a Relief Worker

Tacloban City Airport after Typhoon Haiyan

Though locally, people were shocked beyond belief by the destruction, and understandably so, one would think Humanitarian Relief Workers, who have seen multiple disasters in their lifetime, would find the aftermath of a disaster to be somewhat routine. However, for relief workers arriving in Tacloban after Typhoon Haiyan, the devastation appeared anything but routine, as did the reaction to it. Tanja…

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Day 27: Giving Thanks

What are survivors of Typhoon Haiyan thankful for this year? The following list is a collection of items, characteristics of life, people, and much much more that survivors can’t help but be thankful for this Thanksgiving. 1. Our Children – the future. The children who will live on for years to come, remembering the challenges we’ve overcome, representing our family,…

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Day 26: The Power of Minutes

In less than 500 minutes, the lives of millions of people were changed forever. Minutes altered the landscape of the mountains. Minutes made the sea into a monster. Each minute a child lost a parent and a parent lost a child. Each minute someone lost the love of their lives.  In mere minutes, millions of people lost their homes and all sense…

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Day 24: Hope for Haiyan

In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, nations all over the world turned their focus to the immense destruction in the Philippines and more importantly to the victims and survivors of the storm. Millions of people helped support relief and recovery efforts in the days, weeks, and months following what has been called the worst storm in history. Nevertheless, Hope for…

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