All Hands Volunteers
All Hands Volunteers campaign leader

A few days after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) devastated the Philippines, we were able to activate our assessment team to survey the damage and reach out to the communities to identify the needs of survivors.

The destruction is far and wide. The strong winds have torn apart houses and uprooted almost all the trees, leaving forests and hills bare.

While walking through different communities, we have heard accounts of children being buried under debris and families being crushed in their own homes by falling coconut trees.

Despite the lives and homes lost, the people of the Philippines are persevering and remain positive. We are almost three weeks into the catastrophe and the recovery efforts, with the help of many organizations, are well underway. Yet, there is much still to be done.

Our assessment team – on this day, Marc, Mozell, Dominique and Egan – trekked across rivers, up mountainsides, and around several smaller islands to get to the more isolated communities that have yet to receive help.

The need for shelter and overall assistance is great. Project Leyte officially opens its doors on Monday and, with the support of our donors and volunteers, we will help the communities in Leyte move toward recovery.

Thank you for your support of our Philippines response efforts!

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