Getting back to Tacloban

I’m back home.

It has been two months since Haiyan, and slowly Tacloban has begun to rise from its ruins. The news has died down, but the stories continue.

Sometimes I feel like I am in a foreign place, a place I need to rediscover. It is a heartbreaking reality, but it is something that I must face, and something the people of Tacloban have been facing for the past few months.

We went to Cebu a week after Haiyan to escape the horrors that seemed to haunt us in every corner of the typhoon ridden city. And now that we’re back for good since I have school this January 13, I feel like the horrors never really stopped. From the view of an eighteen year old girl who grew up in the city by the Cantabato Bay, it is a city bruised and left for dead, reviving itself.

And now I have decided to immerse myself into helping those who were not as lucky as I was. In the bible, I always remember that I was taught that if I wanted to give something to the poor, I should give with my left hand and never let my right hand know what I was doing. It meant that when I do something good, I shouldn’t tell others. But in this case, I need the help of the people who can donate and give what they could for the people of Tacloban.

I have already volunteered for a local charity in Tacloban, I still have rice runs for OATH, and now I will share with you Help after Haiyan.

This organization who added me to their group had a unique story all on their own. You can find their website here. http://www.helpafterhaiyan.com

Their goal is to reach 100,000 likes on their Facebook page by February. When every like can be worth 1Million, it’s worth it. So I’m sharing their page, with the hope that you will help them in this endeavor.

https://www.facebook.com/HelpAfterHaiyan

Read my experience of Haiyan here : http://dimperfectprincess.blogspot.com/2013/11/meeting-haiyan-first-hand-experience.html

You can read more at the “Haiyan Experience” tab on my blog.

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18 Replies to “Getting back to Tacloban”

  1. I copied and pasted that site on fb and liked it–it is over 10,000 likes now–with luck you will make it–I will share this on social media.

  2. I think it's nice that you want to help. I'm headed to the Facebook page now.

  3. I can't imagine how difficult it must be to go back home and discover a completely different world than the one you grew up in. I think helping others is a great way to rebuild and reconnect.

  4. It's still so heartbreaking to think of all the devastation over there and that people's lives are still all turned upside down. This sounds like a great organization.

  5. Thanks for sharing such a worthy cause. I'll be liking Help after Haiyan on facebook.

  6. Thank God for great organizations such as this, who rise to the challenge of the after effects of such a disaster.

  7. I liked the page and also shared it with my frieds. An excelent goal and I hope they can make it and more. God bless everyone in Philippines!

  8. My son's former teacher is dealing with this too. God bless you all.

  9. LIke the Facebook page. I read your story and it's horrifying. I hope that you and your family could start all over again strongly, God bless!

  10. I&#39;m sure it was a lifetime experience for you..<br /><br />I&#39;ve liked the page, btw. 🙂

  11. Thank you so much for sharing, it is great to let people know what is happening. It is so good of you to do what you are doing. Bravo!

  12. My family will be praying for you and your family and all others around you.

  13. Im glad to see that you immerse yourself to helping others &amp; volunteered for a local charity, we need more people like you in this world.

  14. Definitely a great cause! I hope this works!

  15. This truely is heart breaking but im so glad that its slowly getting better! It&#39;s so kind of you to volunteer, your definitely doing your part to help!

  16. I&#39;m so happy that things are getting back to semi-normal and that you are helping out as well. That is awesome! Keep us up-to-date on all that&#39;s happening there.

  17. Today mark the 4th year since the earthquake in Haiti. I was talking to my mom today and she got teary telling me how today people were in tears and were praying thanking God for letting them see another day. I haven&#39;t experienced an natural disaster like that before. I&#39;m glad you were able to go back to your hometown.

  18. I am going to like this page now and spread the word to friends &amp; family.

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