Philippines

In November, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan—the strongest tropical storm ever recorded—bore down on the Philippines, killing as many as 6,000 people and leaving millions homeless. In Tacloban City, the hardest hit community, virtually every family lost a loved one. With a 20-foot storm surge and 195 mile-per-hour winds, children were torn from their parent’s arms. Entire neighborhoods were leveled.

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In December 2013, Headwaters Relief Organization sent a group of volunteers to the Philippines to perform desperately needed relief work in the aftermath of the typhoon. Members of the group traveled to several remote villages in the Tacloban area, often visiting two or more areas a day, working alongside the doctors and nurses who triaged many of the sick and injured victims. Headwaters Relief volunteers provided much needed psychological relief including smiles, play and laughter to the children while they waited in long, hot lines for medical relief.

Headwaters Relief volunteers also sought out individuals who did not need medical relief but were victims of the storm in other ways. In several of the villages, volunteers discussed experiences with small groups of people and individuals. Sharing stories was not only helpful for the victims, but served as educational opportunities for others. A result was that many of the strategies and coping mechanisms offered by Headwaters Relief volunteers will be passed along to more of those affected.

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In August 2014, Headwaters Relief returned to the Tacloban area for the second time with the goal of helping the community continue to heal. The volunteers brought with a book titled: When Strong Winds Blow. It was written by two volunteers as an aid to help children process the emotions that come with a large scale disaster. During our last trip we were able to share the book with over 4,000 children and adults. We’re currently raising money to print more copies and return to the Tacloban area to continue to help the community heal.

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View pictures from our trip in 2013 Philippines trip here

View pictures from our trip in 2014 Philippines trip here

Philippines News Posts

  • A Conversation with a Passionate Volunteer - A Conversation with a Passionate Volunteer Nepolina Chhetri connected with Headwaters team members by chance at the New Delhi airport while both were en route to Nepal in May 2015. Since then, she has joined Headwaters on a subsequent trips to Nepal and later Haiti in the spring of 2016. Combining a deep intellect (she holds four degrees, including recently earning a J.D. with an emphasis on U.S. regulatory affairs...
  • Building Resilience in the Philippines - On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Super Typhoon Yolanda, made landfall in the Philippines. The most intense tropical cyclone on record, the storm killed an estimated 10,000 people, destroyed coastlines, and disrupted livelihoods for millions. Then, on December 7, 2014, Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit), a category 4 storm, struck a similar path of destruction across the north central islands of the Philippines. When Headwaters was first contacted by...
  • filipino children Headwaters Volunteers Continue to Support Philippines Recovery - In 2013, one of the world’s deadliest typhoons struck the Philippines, Typhoon Yolanda ((Haiyan). Headwaters volunteers have reached out to support this poor and fractured island nation as they struggle to rebuild. During a recent deployment, our efforts focused on educational support that teachers, caregivers and families can use to offer mental health support and empower and promote the development of resilience. A central part of this program was the...
  • The FilAm Features When Strong Winds Blow - We are so pleased to see our book “When Strong Winds Blow” featured in The FilAm. This is a children’s book written by one of our own volunteers who was a child himself at the time he wrote it, alongside his grandmother, a psychologist and Red Cross disaster respondent. The book is about helping children in the Philippines who experienced the 2013 typhoon address their feelings by offering steps to...
  • Volunteer Profile: Sammie Jurichko - Sammie Jurichko, a case manager for Meridian Services for more than three years, says that the opportunity to volunteer, “sold me on the job and has kept me here. Headwaters is my favorite thing about being a part of the Meridian team.” Meridian Services, an affiliate of Orion Associates, has long supported volunteerism among its employees. For Sammie, volunteering has also been a big part of her family life (her...
  • Headwaters Relief 2014 Annual Report - Headwaters Relief is pleased to share with you our 2014 Annual Report. In addition to giving a roundup of our activities and initiatives during the year, the report lists the many individuals and organizations whose generosity made our work possible – thank you all! Check out the report here.
  • Celebration of Support - Headwaters Relief volunteers, donors, and friends came together on Tuesday, November 18 for a Celebration of Support gathering at Orion Associates’ headquarters in Golden Valley. The event was an opportunity to raise a glass in honor of the work of Headwaters Relief during the past 12 months—work that has included disaster relief initiatives in Haiti, New Orleans, the Philippines and the Midwest. The evening was also a chance to salute...
  • Help 10,000 children build resilience! - “We are pleased to recognize and support Headwaters Relief Organization for their outstanding work in supporting Filipinos. They have made an outstanding contribution to our country’s recovery and re-building efforts.” – Jocelyn Quebral, President, Fil-Minnesotan Association Please join us for Give to the Max Day and help Headwaters Relief  bring smiles to the children of the Philippines who lived through one of the worst natural disasters of our time. By giving to...
  • Headwaters Relief honored by Fil-Minnesotan Association - On November 8, 2014 Headwaters Relief Organization was given the Fil-Minnesotan Association Community Service Award in recognition for our disaster relief work in the Philippines. The award was given at the association’s annual meeting and ball this past Saturday night. “We are pleased to recognize Headwaters Relief Organization for their outstanding work in supporting Filipinos. They have made an outstanding contribution to our country’s recovery and re-building efforts.” Jocelyn Quebral, President, Fil-Minnesotan...
  • Schedule your donation NOW for Give to the Max Day 2014 - Even though Give to the Max Day (GTMD) is one week away (November 13), you can make your contribution right now and we will still be eligible to receive the fantastic prizes and incentives, including a $10,000 Golden Ticket, that has made this big one-day give-together so successful and popular. Your gift will help children of the philippines rebuild their lives. A year after Typhoon Haiyan, many children still live the trauma of...