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Praying for Protection

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When Typhoon Hagupit threatened the central Philippines in December 2014, Jenica and her family were quick to evacuate.

“I pray that God will protect us always. I pray that all children will be safe,” said Jenica, 13, a World Vision sponsored child as she awaited the arrival of Typhoon Hagupit.

The storm made landfall in Eastern Samar province bringing extreme winds and rain. It moved inland on a northwest course, headed toward northern Cebu where Jenica’s family and more than 100 other families from coastal Bantayam community had taken shelter in a school.

Jenica has vivid memories of Typhoon Haiyan, which destroyed her family home and many others in 2013. Houses along the riverbank and near the coast are especially vulnerable.

Last year, many families from her village underestimated the strength of Haiyan and waited until the storm hit to evacuate. 

“It was a very bad experience,” she says. “I could see trees falling down and the roof sheets were flying away.”

Families in Bantayam are better prepared this time. Based on warnings from the local government, they stocked food, packed clothes and other belongings, and evacuated earlier.

“We learned best from experience. It’s better to more prepared,” says Myrna, Jenica’s mother.

As part of its Haiyan recovery work, World Vision provided training for children and adults in disaster preparedness and environmental protection.

Photo © 2014 Crislyn Felisilda / World Vision

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