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Despite the devastation, life is still sweet for 12-year old Honey, one of the thousands of children displaced by Typhoon Washi (local name Sendong). However, she vividly shares the awful experience, “The water was so high we lost all our things, our clothes, and even our house.”
Honey opened up more, during the launch of the first Child Friendly Space (CFS) installed by World Vision at Macasandig evacuation centre in one of the hardest hit areas in CDO.
“That night, we lost electricity. It was signal number 2. Then the water rose, it kept rising and rising. Our family evacuated to a nearby church but the floodwaters kept rising so we went to a friend’s house but it was also flooded. Then we just ended up here at the evacuation center.”
Honey is all smiles as she shows her colorful drawing of herself. Honey is among the hundred children in the Macasandig evacuation center. Send help now!
Though she considers the evacuation centre is not the best place for a family to spend Christmas Eve, Honey remains positive. With just three days to go before Christmas, she wishes that her family would be happy and that they would be able to have a special meal.
“We should always be happy so that we can forget our problems. We should always be happy so that we can also make other people happy especially those who are going through tough times” - Sheer sweetness coming from a child who only has her family to be grateful for.
Washi hit Northern Mindanao in the eve of December 16th leaving more than a thousand dead and even thousands more injured and missing. Hardest hit areas include Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro where Honey’s home used to stand.
World Vision aims to assist more children like Honey and over 10,000 families providing emergency food, non-food items such as bed and blankets, and special programs like CFS designed for child survivors.
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