Hope after Haiyan
On November 8, 2013, the world witnessed death and destruction as typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) plowed through central Philippines. With winds blowing up to 350 km/hr, Haiyan killed more than 6,000 people, affected 14 million, and displaced 4 million of them.
One year later, the world is a witness once more: to the generosity of people throughout the world, to the memories and legacies of those who perished, and to the indefatigable spirit – the undying hope – of those who survived.
As we mark the first year since Haiyan, we present this website of stories and photo-essays that come in trickles throughout this week (November 8-14). This website tells collective and individual stories of bravery and strength, and gives summaries of our interventions.
We dedicate this website to our donors, sponsors, colleagues, and friends — all who somehow accompanied us to the areas hardest hit by Haiyan. On behalf of the people with disabilities and other vulnerable people we aided, let this be our heartfelt thanks for your support and our plea for you to continue assisting the typhoon victims in our recovery and rehabilitation efforts.
But, above all, we present this website in memory of loved ones lost to Haiyan, and as a tribute to the survivors who show us everyday the way of grit, courage, and hope.
Cedric Linossier (Head of Mission – Emergency Division)
Edith van Wijngaarden (Program Director – Development Division)
Photo © Till Mayer / Handicap International