- Posted August 18, 2014 by
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Impact Your World
7 Months after Typhoon Haiyan in Philippines
I've recently visited Tacloban city in Philippines, one of the hardest hit area in Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan in Nov 2013. My name is Cristine Watson, born and raised in Tacloban, and now lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming for the last 14 years. When Typhoon Haiyan hit my hometown, it impacted my family and friends, the places and schools I went to growing up, and the house I lived was completely submerged by the storm surge. My mother was trapped in her bedroom and survived by hanging on to a floating closet in her room. Her companions, the driver and helper, hid in the ceiling space so the water won't take them. In June 2014, I went home to visit my mother for the first time after the typhoon and to celebrate her 77th Birthday and to see the living conditions of the survivors. What I witnessed was a great eye opener where some of the survivors are still living in tents. These are same tents given by international relief groups as emergency response. But up to this day, some people are still living on the same tents. I am currently working with Habitat for Humanity for Greater Teton Area based in Jackson Hole, and we are planning a social fundraising event that will be held in December 12, 2014 to raise funds to help rebuild houses in Tacloban and surrounding area. Please click this link to get more information about the event and to see the video I created during my recent visit.
You will see that there is still great need for building temporary and permanent housing. the survivors are trying to move on, but some less fortunate families cannot provide normalcy to their children while living on tents. Other families were now upgraded to bunk houses, where conditions are also poor and the quality of the building is not sustainable. Please watch the above video to see the full report.