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 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 20: Rising from the Storm

Just 6 months before Typhoon Haiyan leveled Tacloban City leaving the city’s more than 200,000 residents homeless and traumatized, Mayor Alfred Romualdez was reelected. There was much debate in the weeks leading up to the election, of whether or not re-election of the current Mayor would benefit the city or if a fresh start was needed to improve growth and…

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Day 16: Interview with Angus Walker – International News Correspondent

Angus arrived in Tacloban on November 10th and had no choice but to sleep in what was left of the airport overnight, in hopes that the following day transportation and news would assist him in beginning his reporting of the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda. As he explained in his blog just a few days after his arrival, Angus’s first reaction…

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Day 14: Haiyan (Yolanda) Commemorative Events [Photos]

This gallery contains 17 photos.

It was an emotional, powerful weekend in Tacloban City, as the one year anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan arrived and the commemorative events commenced. These photos were taken on November 7th and 8th, as survivors joined together to remember those that lost their lives and stand united with hope for the future. To help Tacloban Rebuild, Get Involved with the GoAbroad…

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GoAbroad.com & GoAbroad Foundation are Awarded WYSTC’s Social Responsibility Award!

The World Youth Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) is the annual event of WYSE Travel Confederation, within which their annual Global Youth Travel Awards (GYTA) take place. The World Youth Student and Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation is the world’s largest and most powerful network of youth and student travel operators. We are honored and grateful to have been awarded the 2014 Social Responsibility…

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