Anna Mae's Story in Her Own Words
Anna Mae stands among Typhoon Haiyan's destruction with a relief kit provided by Save the Children.
“During the typhoon I was scared, because I felt like our house would collapse and we’d be buried alive. I was very scared for my siblings and feared that we wouldn’t see each other again. I didn’t know what would happen to us.
First, we took shelter at our neighbors’ house. But their roof started to blow off, and their house began to shake. That’s when we ran to the village councilor’s house, where several others took shelter.
I was terrified when I saw our home being destroyed that day, and all our things were swept away by the storm waters.
Now we are living at my grandmother’s house – it would be really terrifying to think about not having any place to live. I am happy as long as we have a place to stay, but I miss my home.
Save the Children gave us shelter materials and a household kit. Before, I was worried we would get sunburned, rained on, or even injured by the scattered debris without a roof to protect us, but Save the Children gave us a tarp to act as a roof and provide shelter.
I want to go to school because I want to learn and eventually graduate so I can help my family. I want to work and become a teacher. I want my siblings to be raised well, so we can help our parents by earning money. I’m going back to school soon, but I have to ask my father to buy me a notebook, so I have something to use when I go back to class.”
Save the Children has been working tirelessly to provide relief and rebuilding efforts to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan – but there is still more work to be done. With caring people like you to support Save the Children's response efforts, the devastation of the storm can become a distant memory for children like Anna Mae.