Working Towards Resilience

Study Tour 2014/2015 in Philippines

Now in the Philippines, HANDs fellows conclude the first study tour by spending time with those affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)

In the Philippines, fellows visited Tacloban, Leyte Island to see the situation of local communities after a disaster. Typhoon Haiyan attacked Philippines in November 2013 affecting the life of around 16 million people. Tacloban was one of the most devastated areas.

Fellows had an interactive exchange with local elementary school students, allowing the fellows to speak directly with young students about their experience during and after the typhoon. This was followed with community-based activities with a local NGO, meeting and working with their benefactors. The fellows also dialogued with Leyte Normal University staff and administrators on the current situation of the community.