Rosalie said: "I told my children that we had to leave the house, otherwise a huge tree may collapse on us. That’s when we evacuated to our neighbours house but they told us, it’s not safe here anymore. Our house may collapse anytime. Then we ran to look for another place to take shelter in. Then I fell. What made me more scared is because I gave birth just two weeks ago. My eldest was shouting “faster mum or else a tree may fall on us” I said “I’m coming, but never mind me, look after your younger siblings” but my children kept on yelling for me to go faster. Our roof got blown away, our walls got destroyed. Nothing was left. My children started crying. They keep on saying “what’s going to happen to us now that we no longer have a home?” I tell them “don’t cry, what’s important is we are safe, we can rebuild.” I explained to them that we cannot stop something like this from happening. But really, I have no idea where we will get the money to buy materials for re-building our house. I never thought that this will happen to us. This is the worst thing that has ever happened to us.
I have received rice and a tarpaulin from @savethechildren today. The tarpaulin is covering our house now. I am so happy to have received these things. The rice will last us at least two weeks. I really needed food – but we had no money to buy any. This will be the hardest Christmas ever. If I had one ask this Christmas, it would be for food, shelter and good health for my children for Christmas.
Photo 1. Rosalie cooks rice she received from Save the Children in her destroyed home in Estancia, Philippines.
Photo 2. Rosalie's children climb on a fallen tree outside their house that was destroyed by typhoon Haiyan.
Photo 3. Rosalie's husband Rey mends his fishing nets - their main source of income.
Photo 4. Rosalie stands with her baby, Rolie outside a sugar cane field next to her destroyed house.
#philippines #typhoonhaiyan #aid #humanitarian #disasterrelief #typhoonyolanda #aidgroups #ngo #recoveryeffort #disaster #savethechildren #typhoon //-----// This week I’m sharing photos of work I have done for different NGO’s and aid organizations spanning the past several years.