Beginning of December I went to the Philippines to document the delivery of relief goods for typhoon victims, which were funded by the Germany based NGO Kaibigan and to make first enquiries which help people need in order to start a living again. Relief goods were brought to Talinhugon, a small village around 50km from Tacloban and to Cambalading which is near Ormoc at the west coast of Leyte.
The area left destroyed by typhoon Haiyan is so huge that it seems almost surreal to drive around for hours, without seeing any house which would not at least be partly damaged. What is not surreal at all but very real instead, is to meet the people who face their situation with incredible courage and who are thankful for any help provided. What astonishes me each time again when coming to the Philippines is the kindness, with which people welcome foreigners, even if their situation would fully justify their concentration only on own concerns.
The following images show the situation beginning of December as well as the help provided. Further down I also put up images from other areas and projects in which Kaibigan is involved.
Approaching Tacloban the destruction left behind by typhoon Haiyan gets worse and worse.
Ten year old Richie walks through the ruins of his district at the coast of Tacloban.
According to eyewitnesses the wave which overrun Tacloban was as high as the third storey of the building in the back of Richie.
In Cambalading Albin rests on a door in a ruin of one of the houses of his village.
A boy plays in a ruin in his village Cambalading.
Helpers pack relief goods for distribution.
A bag of rice
Gunel (l.) and Win-Win eat lunch from the feeding program.
Sandy is one of the first starting to rebuild his house in the midst of the destroyed coconut palms.
Most men living in Cambalading are fishermen, who lost their boats in the storm. Providing them with new boats is the first step to enable them to start working again.
View from the plane on the way from Manila to Cebu.
At night time Brother Paul drives around offering psychological help to sex workers or simply being receptive to their concerns.
One of the singers of a children’s choir rides a jeepney on her way to a performance.
A boy attends a ‘child rights and protection’ event funded by the European Union in Cebu.
An old clock lies on the path leading up the Smokey Mountain. The Smokey Mountain is the former dumpsite of Manila.
At the foot of the Smokey Mountain children work separating metal from plastic for recycling purposes.
Mary-Rose (m.) is working in the charcoal production which is now located on the top of the Smokey Mountain.
People on the Smokey Mountain work days, months and years breathing the smoke from the burned wood which is extremely harmful to their health.
Children from the district of Smokey Mountain sing in a choir.
A girl from Smokey Mountain takes part in an evening class.
Two boys showing the camera their almost supernatural strength
A boy flies through the air as he is thrown by some of his friends for an acrobatic performance.