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Gerald & the typhoon

Gerald lives in the Philippines. He’s full of energy and a skilled surfer. He’s also a quiet hero.

When we first met him in November 2013, Gerald and his family were reeling from the impact of Typhoon Haiyan.

At nine years old, Gerald had shepherded everyone to safety when the storm hit. He led his family to a nearby school, where they sheltered while the typhoon raged around them.

the houses DANCED in the wind

“The houses looked as if they were dancing in the wind before they collapsed,” exclaimed Gerald. “And the winds were getting stronger and stronger. My father was blown from here to the church!"

Luckily, Gerald and his family were all OK. And with your support, we were able to help his community get back on its feet.

We're still in touch with Gerald and his family. He’s still the same energetic force for good we met six years ago. Thanks to you, he has the chance to build the bright future he deserves.


  • provide tarpaulins to help protect homes in the area from the rain,
  • distribute hygiene kits including essentials to help children and families keep clean and avoid water-based diseases,
  • install emergency toilets in case plumbing stopped working,
  • distribute cash to buy crucial food supplies

Your support meant we were able to repair classrooms and promote good hygiene at Gerald's primary school, where we also trained him to teach others about good hygiene.