Father and daughter stand if front of their former home.
When Typhoon Haiyan struck Bantayan island, hundreds of people ran to the school for protection and looked to the principal to lead them.
During the typhoon, this mother and the youngest 7 of her 13 children stayed in this water jar for protection!
What remains of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish.
This newly-married couple agreed to pose for me with 10 of their combined 13 grandchildren.
Everything this girl’s family owned was blown away or destroyed in moments.
This family, despite their current living conditions, was more beautiful than any sunset I have ever seen.
Alberto and Isabel Tiongzon had lived in their small nipa hut for 51 years before it was destroyed. Currently, they are living in the shelter behind them with their two grandchildren, Rico and Rex. I struggle to even call it a shelter.
Che-Che is a 29-year-old single mother of two children. Here, she is burning many of her destroyed belongings so she can begin cleaning up and rebuilding.
This Father and son begin cutting up hundred’s ripped downed coconut trees.
The buya (children in Bisaya) are such fun for me to play with and often are a great distraction from focusing on the destruction
Pastor Doodes from Operation Blessing: Philippines says a prayer over the rubble and twisted wood in the home where the owner didn’t survive.
With the roof ripped off his school above and debris strewn all around him, I spotted this young boy playing with the only remaining toy.
Leorito Menlengit is able to begin rebuilding his destroyed home even after the sun descends with his new solar lights provided by Watts of Love.
This pastor stands in her church where more than 70% of the building has been destroyed by the typhoon . Only the three walls you see in this picture are left standing. When I asked her about the rebuilding process, she said the following amazing statement: “IF THE WALLS OF THE CHURCH HADN’T BEEN TORN DOWN, I WOULD NOT HAVE SEEN THE NEED OF PEOPLE OUTSIDE OF MY CHURCH WALLS.”
When I presented these teachers with two solar lights at Hilotongan Integrated School, they were really surprised and excited! They were literally climbing the walls to see the solar lights.
At night, men burn all kinds of leaves and branches to continue the cleanup and to carefully watch the flying embers to ensure they don’t catch any nipa hut on fire.
This family that lives in Barangay Tamiao showed us the “home made cell phone battery charging station” they had been using before they received therelight.