On the early morning of November 8th, Typhoon Yolanda hit the Philippines. It is said that Yolanda, internationally known as Haiyan, made landfall as the most powerful typhoon or hurricane in recorded history.
Yolanda came and left, leaving a trail of destruction behind. Within a matter of a few hours, thousands of people found themselves homeless, hungry, and desperate for survival. The islands affected bear scars of damage: heart-breaking stories of people now orphaned, widowed, and forever changed by this natural catastrophe.
In the face of such a tragedy it is difficult to know how to respond, but to sit along the side-lines and simply watch is not an option.
Now is the time for action: it is the time to make people see that they matter, that their stories are important, and that although we can't take away the horrific events that happened to them, we can come alongside them, helping them to restore hope and rebuild their homes.
So yes, Yolanda may be one of the most powerful typhoons in recorded history, but the power of the Filipino spirit, the power of coming together as a community, the power of standing up and moving forward; it is this power that Yolanda is no match for.
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Here is the story of our effort relief seen through the eyes of Ethan one of our wonderful volunteers for the day Posted Nov 27, 2013 By Genevieve Bisson
Making a Difference Because It Matters In the 24 hour news cycle world we live, there is nothing we don’t know and nothing we don’t see. But it fills us with a false sense of empathy. We have all seen the effects of earthquakes, typhoons, hurricanes, erupting volcanoes and tsunamis and we shake our heads in disbelief at the images and videos that play like a movie on our HD television screen. We see, but we don’t necessarily feel. Through no fault of our own, we’re not there and only those who have firsthand experience can truly understand the devastation and the feeling of emptiness that comes with