Photos from my humanitarian projects in the Western Visayan region of the Philippines from May 2014 to July 2014.
Walking down the beach as the boats are blessed by Father Nolan C. Machan.
As we were leaving I found this group of maybe Year 9 or Year 10 kids attending class in a room with the walls blasted off by SuperTyphoon Yolanda.
Twenty (20) happy kids posed for a quick shot before resuming the excitement at selecting their extra-curricular activity.
Discussions with 20 gifted students from National High School.
Marly is examined by a doctor as her skin is still marked seven (7) months after an oil spill.
Reunited with the Canonaso family
Matt Kennedy (event organiser and sponsor) hands out drinks
Drinks and snacks for the kids …
Handing out ice cream was fun …
Ma’am … ice cream … Ma’a
For a while …
All backpacks gifted by supporters of Matt Kennedy were filled with school supplies.
Daisy Tabernilla (62) and with her daughter Chona (35) owner/operators of the Daisy Carinderia. Daiy is so upset and traumatised because this is now the third disaster in less than two years.
Employees of the Daisy Carinderia worked into the night to protect stocks from looters and further spread of the fire. They are all Yolanda victims too. What will they do for employment now?
This is the third time our businesses have been destroyed. We have nothing left.
Advice on how to cope with an oil spill.
Children sift through the rubble.
Fire razed the Estancia Public Market
“At least after Typhoon Yolanda we were able to salvage some stock. This fire has taken everything”
She lost over half of her stock and what is left is damaged by the fire. But she is ok.
Sancho Trogo has skin ulcers related to the oil spill. He also suffered a stroke and lay on a piece of bamboo for two months praying for help. Now in hospital.
The photo really doesn’t capture the infected state of Sancho’s skin. His skin was submerged in the water polluted by 900,000 litres of bunker fuel and oil after Powerbarge 103 ran aground during the height of Typhoon Yolanda. He was trying to recover his fishing boat and equipment.
Shairy Villacote now 6 months old and recovered from bronchial pneumonia
Three gifted students at the National High School invited me to their classroom.
Saying goodbye to Maricelle and Annabelle.
My little Sandata, look how tiny she is …
Two boys enjoying their new backpacks.
Checking on Sancho after his stroke.
Before taking Ronnie back to hospital. TB and cancer.
Jon Marc, the only Philippino who likes vegemite.
No assistance by either government or an NGO has been extended yet to this high school. Are NGOs only extending aid to elementary schools? Maybe the kids are cuter in the marketing shots.
Ma’am Annelyn Tung, explains the challenges at Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College following SuperTyphoon Yolanda.
One of my last days trip 2 with the Bandojo family at Tanza Beach.
Beautiful Bandojo family comes with me to Iloilo to put me on the plane.
At the Gold Coast Airport 2014.
Photos from my humanitarian projects in the Western Visayan region of the Philippines beginning in February 2014.
Trip 1: February 2014 – April 2014
Trip 2: May 2014 – July 2014
Trip 3: November 2014 – December 2014
Trip 4: April 2015 – October 2015
Trip 5: October 2015 – June 2016
Trip 6: July 2016 – November 2016
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