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Gerald & the typhoon

In November 2013, a then 9-year-old Gerald survived Typhoon Haiyan.

When it first struck, he was the one who shepherded his family to safety, evacuating them from their home to a nearby school, where they sheltered while the typhoon destroyed the area around them.

“The houses looked as if they were dancing in the wind before they collapsed 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. We're still in touch with Gerald and he's still the same bright, energetic force for good we met six years ago. He's thriving, still inseparable from his family – especially his sister. And  he's also become a skilled surfer. 

  • provided tarpaulins to help protect their home from the rain
  • hygiene kits including essentials to keep clean and avoid water-based diseases
  • installed emergency toilets in case plumbing stops working
  • cash to buy any food supplies they need.

We've also been active in Gerald's community, repairing classrooms and promoting hygiene at his primary school, where we've trained him to be a member of the Water, Sanitation and Hygeine club.

At school and in his community he helps to educate his school and community about good hygiene essentials.

His siblings Shirley Mae, 3, and Frederico, 7, are enrolled in our skills development programme in the local area. Shirley Mae is learning dress-making and Frederico electrical installation.

Gerald giving a piggyback to his sister

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