Receiving food and survival supplies makes a huge difference to people like Cerilo and his family although it is immediate aid only. It brings back joyful smiles and Cerilo’s family draws hope.
After all what Cerilo went through, being blind and hiding under a table while Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, his mother Wilma seems optimistic.
She is very thankful for the help received from cbm: “The food will last us about three weeks, and I am so relieved that I don’t have to worry about food for this time”.
The family can now focus on rebuilding the house. Grandfather Wilson who is 63 years old says: “I have seen at least five strong typhoons, but Yolanda has been the worst one in my life. With all the others the house was able to withstand but this time the wind and waves were just too strong. The waves were as high as the house and just washed over it.”
Luckily the foundation of the house is still intact. Wilma’s only concern is to make enough money by selling bamboo to pay for building materials and workers. But she seems positive: “We will focus on rebuilding the house, until it’s done however long that may take”.