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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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Philippines: Building Back Better

Two women in front of a destroyed house

Maria (right) and her mother in front of their destroyed house

I am currently working in the Philippines as part of CBM’s response to the typhoon Haiyan disaster. Yesterday, I visited an island community off the coast of Concepcion, with our high quality partner organisation the Association of Disabled People, Iloilo (ADPI). Continue reading

20 days after Typhoon Haiyan: how we have reached the most vulnerable

A young woman and three children in a makeshift shelter

Cheryll has lost everything and now lives in this makeshift shelter with three children

The Concepcion Municipality on Panay Island, roughly 90km north of its capital city Iloilo, is one of the areas hit hardest by Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda). Around 40,000 people live in the area and on the 11 linked islands.

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Philippines: sharing the smiles from the first food distribution

Our convoy of three Jeepneys loaded to the rafters with CBM relief goods had just made its journey from Iloilo to the Municipal Center in Concepcion, Panay Island.

With support of the local administration, the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office, CBM’s project partner volunteers had set up a large number of chairs in the covered public gym, that was waiting to be filled.

CBM staff preparing the contribution. Image: C.Ziegenhardt

CBM staff & volunteers preparing the distribution. Image: C.Ziegenhardt

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