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Typhoon Haiyan – Ageing and Disability Focal Points

I woke up very early this morning and walked along the beachfront at Concepcion, Panay Island. The beautiful, soft, early-morning sunlight created a huge contrast to the destruction which remains after Typhoon Haiyan’s ferocious winds and storm surge ripped through Concepcion. All along the coast, endless piles of debris still lie scattered from destroyed homes, schools, health clinics and other buildings. Continue reading

Typhoon Haiyan: what it would be like to lose everything and have to start again


An old man is posing in front of a destructed house. The man is using a crutch.

Henry is 63 years old. He lost everything during Typhoon Haiyan on 8 November 2013.


I just turned 60, and I can’t imagine what it would be like to lose everything and have to start again, at this age, or any age. Henry is 63. When Typhoon Haiyan hit his island off the coast of Concepcion in the Philippines, he knew it was going to be bad, but he had not anticipated so much loss.

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Tacloban City: 3,000 people slept in the church grounds that night. I was one of them.

Two men shaking hands

Meeting Haiyan survivors

It has been only three days since our last blog post yet we have achieved so much. While the first team continued relief efforts in Iloilo, the second rapid needs assessment team (Peter Hammerle, Tushar Wali and myself) made our way to Tacloban city in Northern Leyte along with two Brothers from the Edmund Rice Foundation. Continue reading