Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Update

Our facebook updates about the effects about the recent typhoon that devastated Malapascua are getting longer and longer, so I think it’s time to switch to the blog :-)

Our fundraiser is really taking off and we have a whopping $40,000+ already in combined donations!!! Thank you so much to everyone for your generosity!  From the smallest donations of a few dollars, to the the largest one so far of $2,400, everyone has been so very kind!

But funds are still badly needed; there is a huge amount of rebuilding to do so keep them coming!

Typhoon Haiyan Malapascua

Yesterday we met to discuss island wide initiatives.

There is an island wide food delivery today that will go to 5 different delivery points. We are still learning how best to deliver the food fairly, as the south of the island near the businesses is getting the lion’s share.

Tetanus shots are being sourced as there were many cuts sustained during the typhoon and there will be more to come with the cleanup.

And we hope to replace the roof on the school as soon as possible so we can get the children back to some sense of normalcy. An assessment is being done today, and if possible, work will start next week.

As for Trevor, he was off on another round of shopping.  This time he got:

  • Tools for rebuilding
  • Baby formula and baby food
  • Mosquito coils and sprays – stagnant water is starting to become a problem.
  • The last of the candles and matches he could find in the stores
  • Tarpaulin for shelter
  • Canned meats and fish
  • Dried noodles – he cleared the supermarket shelves!

He also cleared the shelves of… shall we say… female “sanitary” products.  He didn’t half get some strange looks in the supermarket with a shopping trolley half full of beef noodles and half full of sanitary napkins :-)

He is delivering the goods now and communications are down again on Malapascua, so I will have another report later today when he returns. He will also hopefully come back with some more photos so you can see the progress that is already being made!

 

9 Comments

  1. Kerry dee says:

    Thsnks for the blog great idea! It’s good to hear things are progressing we only get to see the horrific pictures and stories on news back in the uk so to hear some positive stories from you is good!
    Keep up the good work and keep those updates coming
    Take care
    Kerry

  2. Mika Leivo says:

    Hi.

    Thanks for your active grip on helping the people on Malapascua. It looks like you have a very practical set of priorities.

    Would it be possible to post a couple of pictures from around the dive shop? I at least would like to see how the structures I have some recollection of survived the storm.

  3. Mieke Verbeke says:

    Thank you for all the help you are doing for the local people. My sister, Danna Valiente, here in Belgium is very worried and it helps to see the many people help her family.
    God bless you.
    Mieke

  4. Isabelle meunier says:

    I send email to Andrea , I m friend of Lottie and Jean michel . I can organise quickly parcel from hk and from Bangladesh to send tee shirt ( kids , men , women) .just let me know adress where to send
    Best regards
    Isabelle

  5. andrea says:

    We’ll be posting some pics of the dive shop tomorrow :-)

  6. Gus says:

    Glad that you are doing this. Glad to help too.

  7. Mark & Dahlia Randall says:

    Andrea , Trevor – great blog, well done under the most trying of times. We were in Ormoc Leyte on Monday and Tuesday this week where Dahlia’s home used to stand . Also very difficult indeed. Ormoc is devasted too , but is not getting the same media attention as Tacloban . But we can assure you it is grim. Another food run and ferry ride shortly. Thinking of you all at TSD. M&D

  8. andrea says:

    Oh, no, so sorry to hear it….

  9. lynn, Julian Dixie & Chris says:

    we have decided to push ahead with our upcoming visit to the Island at new year. Its few weeks away but let us know if we can bring anything from the UK to help with the relief effort.
    Keep up the good work. Lynn,Julian, Dixie,Chris

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