I am picking up our cameras again to shoot your portrait sessions for the victims of typhoon Haiyan. I will donate all the proceeds to Operation Blessing Philippines that is in the forefront of helping the victims of the typhoon in rebuilding their homes and their lives. I have been blessed to be able to fly to Tacloban and be able to at least be with the victims of this disaster and share a little bit of their pain.
Two months after typhoon Haiyan has landed in the coast of Leyte and most everything still looks desolate. The damage is vast, encompassing and could still be felt throughout the land. Contrary to the news that everything is okay, the place still looks disaster-stricken. Don’t think that I went around looking for pitiful places to take photos of. This is Tacloban now. In fact, I am unable to take as much photos as I wanted as we have been so busy preparing for the medical mission, the relief aid missions, the widow interviews that are potential recipients of new homes and visiting sites were the new homes are. I just took all of this as we were driving by. But I pray that this gives you an idea of how dismal the situation is there.
See these smiles ? Men goofing around ?
It’s a fishing village
Or should I say , used to be one ?
Putting on smiles, yes, a face of bravado as tragedy stares at them from a pit of despair but I doubt it if you’d even realize it looking at them. They are trying to get back to their “normal” life. I have been blessed to talk to a few of them and it’s amazing their sense of non-entitlement. They have grateful hearts and steadfast faith in The Lord.
Below, an image of a couple of “tindera” (sellers) of fish trying to get back on their feet.
A typhoon could have destructed their homes but a good dose of rain won’t stop them from rebuilding their home from whatever material they could get
But they need help. Oh God. Unseen , far from all these things, we could turn our backs and go back to our sweet, comfortable life. I prayed before that God will break my heart for what breaks His. I don’t think I was prepared for this
Operation Blessing Philippines is a non profit organization that helps those who have been hit by disaster by rebuilding their lives in sustainable and long-term ways.
But short term, people will need relief aids. Below, the people would line up in the rain and would be in high spirits as they receive some relief goods.
One of their projects also is to give those who have lost their homes one that they could start a life after this typhoon. The cost? $680.00 . Yes, this would a home that would shelter a family . For those who wants their names on the homes, we could request for that to happen too. Below is one of the homes that was built and was given to the family.
But most importantly, we would like to give them hope. Not in us. But only in the One who saves. JESUS. Operation Blessing partners with the churches of the devastated communities to be able to talk with them and pray with them.
I hope you will consider partnering with Operation Blessing Philippines. Their website is www.obphil.com to learn more. You could write a check to CBN to make it tax deductible and just write on the memo that it’s to be sent to Operation Blessing Philippines. Please call me if you have any questions at all.
God bless you all!