First hand account of Typhoon Haiyan

A letter from one of our sponsor children

Below is a letter sent from one of the students on our schooling programme to her sponsor in the UK. In the letter she describes the horrors of typhoon Haiyan (known locally as typhoon Yolanda) and what the local community has been doing to help. As always though, the optimistic side of the Filipino people shines through, despite the hardships they face.

To see the original letter in full size, click on the image below.

Dear Ms Anne

Hello Ms Anne, I hope you and your family are in good terms now. The whole of the Philippines – our family – are still recovering from the monstrous typhoon Yolanda that just hit us here. But thanks to our Almighty God, our house is still standing firm. Unfortunately, there are some who didn’t survive from the big blow. Yet, I’m glad our family are well, my friends and relatives also. From what I can see in the news, houses were blown kilometres away from where they were standing, roaring waters envelope the whole Tacloban area, dead bodies scattered and cellular towers and electrical posts are curled like spaghetti. Despite the dreadful scenes, the positive/optimistic sides of Filipinos always prevail. And to extend our help, my school donated recycled items which were made by us. Gas lamps from used glass bottles, to give light during cold nights, and pillows from recycled junk food wrappers to rest their heads. We didn’t just help the people, but also nature.

We will be having a simple Christmas party, which I consider as a thanksgiving party to our God who spared our lives. This event will surely ignite the hope within us. This will be a sign of new beginning. This will give us a reason to smile again, in spite of the calamity. I know, it’s hard to move on and the scar that was caused by the typhoon will remain, but God will always be there, holding our hands and preventing us from falling down again. All we need to do is just trust him.

And so much for the bad news, I will be hosting our Christmas/thanksgiving party. Despite what happened we need to move on and smile. Christmas is a season of love and happiness.

My family always pray for your family’s safety. I wish you and your family a merry Christmas and a happy and productive new year. Stay healthy, always be careful and may God bless you always.

Smile always,

Your sponsored child, Leah Mae

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