In 2014, typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, killing over 6,000 people. Millions of people were forced to flee their homes.
Flora has two sons who both have severe intellectual disabilities and reduced mobility. Her home in Barotak Viejo, a small town in the Philippines, was reduced to rubble by the typhoon and she lost everything.
“When the typhoon came I was afraid for my children. I knew I had to get them to safety. They cannot talk and can only walk very short distances. I was afraid that if the water came, they would die”, she said.
The evacuation centre was one kilometre from her house. “The only way was to carry one child at a time.”
“When I came back the second time the water had begun to rise. I was scared that my children would not be safe”.
But in spite of her ordeal, speaking to CBM emergency support workers her spirits were high and her outlook was positive. “I am so grateful that my children survived.”
Flora received support from CBM to get her family on the road to recovery. CBM also provided ongoing support to communities like Flora’s to deal with the psychological effects of the typhoon and make sure that reconstruction efforts were accessible for people with disabilities.