Our initial focus is on empowering two of the 7107 islands in the Philippines: Tacloban and Bantayan.
Tacloban is a highly urbanized city. Much of it’s land sits below sea level. It is bound on the east and south by water leading to Leyte Gulf and the Pacific Ocean and to the north and the west, by mountains. When the 15 foot (5M) storm surge came, there was no place for the people to go. They were trapped. Many got stuck in their houses where they drowned.
After the storm, those who survived struggled for days without food, shelter or clean drinking water. By the roadside, scores of corpses were piled high. The stench of rotting flesh filled the air.
Tacloban went through the most severe trauma of all the islands. The death toll alone was over 7000. The trauma these people experienced is unfathomable. Our initial focus to bring emotional release and empowerment will begin here.