Blog posts

Mar 15, 2013 19:30 SGT The Happiness Effect Mr John Helliwell shares 3 ideas on how we can celebrate the first International Day of Happiness by the United Nations. Mr Helliwell is from the Economics Department of the University of British Columbia and co-director of the 'Social Interactions, Identity and Well-being' program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

Children bear the brunt of the impact in Jakarta floods

Jan 22, 2013 10:41 SGT Save the Children (Asia) 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.

It's all about nails

Jan 04, 2013 15:29 SGT Save the Children (Asia) 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.

Disaster responders work through the holidays to help children and families

Dec 24, 2012 09:32 SGT Save the Children (Asia) 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.

Typhoon Bopha leaves a trail of destruction

Dec 24, 2012 08:42 SGT Save the Children (Asia) 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.

Typhoon Bopha: They were unprepared for storms like this

Dec 13, 2012 13:52 SGT Save the Children (Asia) 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.

Thousands of children caught up and cut off from help in the aftermath of Typhoon Bopha

Dec 06, 2012 11:22 SGT Save the Children (Asia) 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.

“I’m happy that my parents brought my siblings and me here before the storm."

Dec 05, 2012 13:39 SGT Save the Children (Asia) 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.

Philippines Floods: What do you want to be when you grow up?

Sep 14, 2012 16:11 SGT Save the Children (Asia) 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.

Why are we responding and others are not?

Aug 31, 2012 10:05 SGT Save the Children (Asia) 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