After the Storm Inspiring Stories Abound

Super typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013 and in its wake left massive destruction, death, injuries and displacement. To date, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported close to 4,000 deaths, with damages estimated to be over 10 billion pesos. There are numerous survivors who sustained injuries and many still remain missing. Relief efforts have been ramped up and survivors in need of food, water and medical attention are thankfully receiving the assistance they need. The outpouring of help and compassion from all over the world is overwhelming and awe-inspiring; indeed it restores your faith in humanity.

In the aftermath of the most powerful typhoon ever to hit the Philippines, we also witnessed stirring accounts of survival and brotherhood. Here are but a few:

A 6 year old boy from Moscow brought his piggy bank to the Philippine embassy to help victims of typhoon Yolanda.

A baby was born in Cebu with the help of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) field hospital.

Survival story of a courageous woman named Sheena Junia.

The inspiring boy named Benjie.
The amazing story of Lieutenant Colonel Fermin Carangan and a boy named Miguel.
The touching story of Ret. General Carlos B. Holganza and the baby he saved.
The story of Jonathan Fitzpatrick and how he helped save people trapped in a hotel.

Also read:

Living Abroad? Here’s How You Can Help

Ways to Help Our Kababayans

 Links to other organizations accepting donations:

Aboitiz Foundation

Ayala Foundation’s Laging Handa Fund

Caritas Filipinas Foundation

Catholic Relief Services

Doctors Without Borders

Gawad Kalinga

LBC Express

Mercy Corps.

Sagip Kapamilya

U.N. World Food Program

World Vision

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