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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Day 21: Footage of the Yolanda Candlelight Memorial

As the sun set on November 8, 2014, one year after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), thousands of Taclobanons and visitors lit over 25,000 candles along major city streets to “remember as one”. The effect was powerful. As you walked down any street you saw families lighting candles for their loved ones, children playing in the candlelight, and rows upon rows of…

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