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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Even after an earthquake, there is always hope

The Philippines:

No matter where in the world, when an earthquake strikes, the aftermath is heartbreaking. We must never give up hope though.

Two weeks ago, an earthquake in the Bohol province of the Philippines displaced more than 380,000 people – it was among the deadliest in the country’s history. Numerous aftershocks caused even more destruction, leaving over 45,000 homes damaged and destroyed, and countless families without food, water, or shelter.

To add to the urgency of the situation, extensive damage to roads and bridges made it even more challenging to reach the people affected by this tragedy.

HOPE International Development Agency is working hard with our partners in the Philippines to help these families. Emergency food, water, shelter, and medical care have been sent to help over 30,000 people – we are reaching out to as many people as we can in these difficult times.

The people of the Philippines continue to need support.

It is hard to imagine being uprooted from your life in a split second, everything you hold dear destroyed.

These families have lost everything – there are no savings accounts to dip into. Afraid that there might be more aftershocks, they huddle together in open spaces, uncertain of what will come next.

Amidst the daily uncertainty, we, however, are certain of one thing – we will continue to help survivors rebuild their lives.

It will be a long road ahead, but HOPE International Development Agency is committed to helping the people of the Bohol province to overcome this tragedy and feel hope that their lives can continue and even become better.

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