Jan 22, 2013 10:41 SGT As of tonight, thousands of children in Jakarta will not be sleeping in their beds at home. Instead, they will spend the night in a shared space of school or other government buildings, after they were forced from their inundated homes.
Jan 04, 2013 15:29 SGT It’s three weeks since typhoon Bopha, locally known as Pablo, made landfall on the eastern coast of Mindanao, Philippines; and the sound of hammering could be heard echoing throughout the community we went to for shelter assessment.
Dec 24, 2012 09:32 SGT When you’re a disaster responder you get hardened to the numbers. The millions affected. The roofs blown away. The roads broken. The schools closed. The food and water needed. You have to be hardened and focus on what has to be done. But sometimes something takes you by surprise and reminds you of the human story.
Dec 24, 2012 08:42 SGT On the night when the Typhoon hit, my house was crushed by a tree. Now I live in my father’s one bedroom house with seven other families. I am a day care worker but the day care centre was destroyed. Now there is nowhere for the small children to go. My two children live across the river and they are so scared that the storm might come back.
Dec 13, 2012 13:52 SGT Two years ago, no one would have expected a situation like this. Families here are not prepared for such disasters, simply because no one expects it to hit them. As a result, their houses were not built to resist such strong winds, fishermen were unlikely to pay any attention storm alerts, and children have not taught to react and respond to a situation like this.
Dec 06, 2012 11:22 SGT It must have been terrifying for the children who experienced Typhoon Bopha on Tuesday morning. Barely a year after the devastating Typhoon Washi, yet another typhoon came crashing into Mindanao.
Dec 05, 2012 13:39 SGT While the residents of Mindanao were still fast asleep this morning, Typhoon Bopha approached the southeastern coastline of the Philippines, packing 210km/h of wind and heavy rain. The winds and rain were so strong that it was unlike anything I had ever seen before.
Sep 14, 2012 16:11 SGT During my field visit in Laguna province, the first kid I got a chance to talk to was an 11-year-old girl named Jean. Sometimes, the simplest question brings out the most interesting answer—especially when this answer is not expected from the innocent mind of a child.
Aug 31, 2012 10:05 SGT Reflections from the frontline by Edwin Philip Horca, Senior Manager of Luzon Visayas Program and Emergency Response Team Leader for Save the Children in the Philippines
Aug 24, 2012 22:17 SGT Water has receded in areas and some people are starting to clear the mud but communities are apprehensive and concerned the clean up effort may be in vein if a new typhoon develops.