Seeking the Lost

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After Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the Philippines in November, World Vision staff went door to door to locate the nearly 40,000 children registered in its sponsorship program.

The monster storm Haiyan devastated 20 development project areas where World Vision works in the central Philippines, including Bohol province, which had also been badly damaged by an earlier earthquake. At last count, the project areas had 38,945 children registered with World Vision. U.S. donors sponsor more than 5,600 of those children, in Leyte and Antique provinces.

World Vision staff moved quickly to find each child and family enrolled in sponsorship. Travel was tough with debris and impassable roads. Communication proved even tougher; power lines and cell phone towers were down. For World Vision-sponsored child, Kim, the opportunity to talk about her fears with a caring adult was a turning point in her recovery. 

“World Vision staff came to our place to check on us. We were asked about what we went through and how we felt,” she says. “I felt good after crying my fear out to the staff. She was the first to hear my story because I didn’t want my parents to worry about me.”

Kim said because of their kindness, she felt like World Vision staff were her own ates and kuyas (older sisters and brothers).

“It feels great to know that despite the typhoon that hit our community, there are people who continue to help, support, and remember us. Thank you very much,” she says.

Written by Florence Joy Malyuo

Photo © 2013 Jon Warren / World Vision

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