Archive for 'Philippines'

Melanie interviewing a staff member

It’s Hard to Answer the Question “How was Your Trip?”

Posted on 03. Apr, 2014 by .

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I returned from the Philippines almost two weeks ago. Just about every day I’ve heard some variation on the same question from friends, colleagues, family members, and people at church: how was your trip? I’m not quite sure how to answer. Sometimes I think people expect me to say “it was great!” (Perhaps that’s my […]

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Think a relief operation isn’t a good time to train aid workers on quality and accountability? Think again.

Posted on 21. Feb, 2014 by .

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Originally posted at The Sphere Project. Used with permission. It’s hot. You’re standing in the sweltering sun and have been waiting in line for more than an hour for a relief packet, and you’re not even sure what it contains. No one knows when staff from the aid agency managing the distribution are arriving. Patience […]

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Finding Hope Amidst the Debris of Typhoon Haiyan

Posted on 16. Jan, 2014 by .

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Originally published at the Huffington Post… Two months ago, Typhoon Haiyan swept across the Philippines, killing more than 6,000 people, damaging or destroying more than one million houses and displacing more than four million people. With heavy rains and winds gusting nearly 200 mph, the storm left a path of death and destruction, affecting an […]

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From 2013 to 2014: Finding Hope in the News

Posted on 03. Jan, 2014 by .

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2014 is already jumping off to a raucous start around the world. Between bitter winter weather around the U.S., armed conflicts in South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Syria, and continuing controversy about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) it could be easy to begin January with a bout of depression. But we believe there […]

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A Thank You from the Field

Posted on 15. Dec, 2013 by .

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Over the past two weeks, I have been traveling around the Philippines with LWR’s staff based there. It’s been an amazing opportunity to see the immense expertise of our field staff, the way they approach their work with both compassion and professionalism. Please view the video below to see a little of what I have […]

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sign on the roof of a building that reads 'Arise and Shine Tacloban, God is with us.'

From Relief to Recovery

Posted on 11. Dec, 2013 by .

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A lot of positive work has been done. There’s a long way to go. Over the past week I have tagged along with LWR staff in the Philippines to continue our work helping people recover from Typhoon Haiyan, which hit this island nation just over a month ago. This week I traveled around three of […]

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The Thanksgiving Table

Posted on 02. Dec, 2013 by .

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This past week, I had the chance to celebrate Thanksgiving with my husband’s family.  All of my in-laws from across the country came together to celebrate family and give thanks for all that we have been given. As we gathered around the table for our Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, I was happy to be surrounded […]

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