Any regular reader of my blog (I believe there are at least two!) will know what a life changing experience my two weeks in the Philippines volunteering in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (or Yolanda as it’s locally know) was for me. When I left I had five days in Bangkok where the world didn’t make much sense. Consumerism is was rife and it was hard adapting to life back in bustling city keen to prove itself on the international scene.
Despite having some amazing travels since (don’t worry updates are coming on life in Indonesia and Borneo) a big piece of my heart was left in Leyte. Travels haven’t quite been the same as standing side by side Filipino villagers and shovelling concrete from a decimated school classroom. And there still is so much to do in Leyte.
I was lucky to find All Hands a great organisation who will take anyone with enthusiasm! They also focus on doing work that is effective and immediate (ranging from clearing debris, food distribution and rebuilding homes) while focusing on areas that haven’t had much support in the wake of a disaster. This is why All Hands were based in Ormoc and not Tacloban, where the main focus of the global relief effort is. It’s also why we helped out baranguys that had not had any help or food relief in the month following typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
So I’ve decided to go back, scrapping my antipodes leg of my travels, to work 6 days a week, doing all manner of unglamorous jobs that promise to ruin my wardrobe. A few people have asked whether they can donate so I’ve set up a fundraising page (just click the link below): http://www.justgiving.com/Vix82
If you feel you can and want to donate please do – 100% of anything I raise goes straight to the Philippines, even small amounts will go a long way and make a huge difference. It’ll only take a minute or two of your time 🙂