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    Posted January 2, 2013 by
    Manila, Philippines
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    Could you live in a drain pipe?


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     CarinAtPlan works for the charity Plan International, which is currently assisting families in the Philippines affected by typhoon Bopha, which swept across the south of the country last month. Her colleague who took these images spotted a woman in Compostela Valley in Mindanao, which was badly hit, living with her four children in a drainpipe. The woman, called Joy, told the charity that her house had been completely destroyed and that the pipe was the only shelter she could find. "The recovery is not going very well, in the sense that more than 300,000 people have not only lost their houses and all their assets, but they have also lost their livelihoods," she said. Around 90% of homes in the area were blown away by the typhoon, she said. The charity is assisting Joy and other families with providing shelter, clean water and child protection and also working with local government to ensure that, next time such a disaster hits, they will be prepared. Tyhoon Bopha is thought to have killed more than 1,000 people and displaced thousands.
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    MINDANAO: A mother of four was just thankful for the culvert.

    Despite the traumatic typhoon Bopha (locally known in the Philippines as Pablo) that literally washed out Jocelyn’s humble home, the culvert hole is now serving as temporary shelter for them.

    A culvert is a drain or pipe that allows water to flow under a road, railroad, trail, or similar obstruction.

    “I’m thankful that we were near this culvert hole. Even though the wind destroyed our home we were able to relocate here. It is quite dark but at least I’m sure it wouldn't fall,” Jocelyn related.

    Jocelyn told us that the typhoon started with strong winds which knocked down their bamboo-made house immediately. She added that the water rose so fast that they had no choice but to move quickly to the nearby culvert.

    “Everything happened so fast that when our home was knocked down we ran right away to anything that could give us a temporary shelter," Jocelyn said.

    When the typhoon finally subsided, Jocelyn and her family were heartbroken to see that their corn crops were soaked in flood.

    “It was sad to see our corn crops, the only source of our livelihood, to be soaked in flood. We were planning to harvest it on the second week of December, just in time to have money for Christmas,” she narrated.

    In order to survive, Jocelyn has to line up every day for food and water while her kids beg for relief goods in the street.

    “It is very hard to start all over again but we’re just thankful that we’re all alive. I may not be able to celebrate Christmas abundantly this year but the fact that we all have second chances to live makes me stay positive in life,” the mother teary-eye related.

    Plan International has provided Jocelyn and her family with potable water and a jerry can. It has also advised her not to live in a location like this, which ultimately is unsafe, especially in times of flooding.

    It saddens Plan greatly to see children beg for food in
    disaster-stricken areas in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental. Exposing them to these kinds of things will make them even more vulnerable to all forms of abuses, including child trafficking. While it is understandable that millions of dollars should urgently go to relief efforts to keep people alive and healthy, Plan is also strongly lobbying for more focused child protection response efforts.

    Plan International is currently providing an emergency response for typhoon Bopha (Pablo) stricken areas.
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