Coming back to the school, ten months on, is an emotional experience. The transformation is remarkable. The tents have gone, and children are playing on the land, which is, I now realise, a basketball court.
Today, thanks to the generosity of Catholics around the world, Amalia lives in a brand new house with a concrete base, a galvanised iron roof and white hardiflex walls.
Six months on from the Super Storm Haiyan, families in the Philippines are moving into homes built with the support of Caritas organisations.
Three people clung to a tree, literally hanging on for their lives as 300kph winds tore at their clothes, pelting them with flying debris and rain. They watched helplessly as others who had no anchor were blown away by the winds. That’s how John described the agonizing scene in front of his house as Typhoon ...
While it doesn’t quite match the heroic images of aid work and emergency relief that is so often seen in the media, clearing debris is critical to the Caritas response in areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
Violeta Ofianga is a 66-year-old widow who lost almost everything she had to Typhoon Haiyan on Friday 8th November 2013.
When Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in November, ten-year-old Honeyrea was taking shelter in a gymnasium on Leyte island, along with her family and other members of the community. It was an experience she will never forget.