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 […]

Entering Tacloban City

Day 28: Perceptions of a Relief Worker

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

Tacloban City Hall featured thank you banners.

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 […]

Day 19: So Much Life to Live

At just 19 years old, she had so much life to live when Typhoon Yolanda came bursting into her life. Her 20th birthday was just 2 months away and she was a year away from graduating college. Though the thought of such an immense storm sparked a bit of anxiety, she had no idea the […]


Day 14: Haiyan (Yolanda) Commemorative Events [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.

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Day 12: The Lasting Impact

Before the Typhoon Joel lived with his wife and daughter in Palo. Though their home was not directly on the sea, they still experienced a great deal of damage to their home along with intense flooding. Luckily, Joel’s car, which he had purchased not long before the typhoon, was not destroyed in the storm and […]