Category four Typhoon Haima (locally known as Lawin) continues to strengthen and will be hitting Northern Luzon, Philippines with heavy rains and strong winds. An estimated 2.7 million people will be affected by Haima in several provinces in northern part of the country.
Rebuilding after a major disaster could be a huge hurdle to overcome. But for Edna Pelayo, a 27-year-old mother of three from Nueva Ecija in the Philippines, it is possible.
“It was our first time to grow and sell medicinal herbs. And we didn’t expect it would change our lives.”
The Philippines is one of the most disaster prone countries in the world and the Filipino farmers are directly affected by typhoons and dry spell.
Maria Samillano’s simple life with her husband and three children was agitated when super typhoon Haiyan smashed its way to her coastal village in Laua-an, Antique, Philippines. Haiyan completely destroyed her small house made of bamboo and even disrupted her livelihood.
“I realized that even I’m a person with disability, I can still achieve my goals.”
This is what Evelyn Tangile proudly shared when asked about what she has learned from all the activities she participated with international aid organization CARE.
“All of the houses in my village were destroyed in a snap. As in we nearly lost everything.”