On November 8th, 2013 the largest Typhoon on record hit the Philippines coming in at a category five typhoon and affecting over 11 million people. Many left homeless as the high speed wind and water washed away belongings and sometimes loved ones. With a rolling count of 6,500 confirmed casualties the abundance of gruesome scenes were hard to ignore. However, as aid began to arrive from all corners of the globe, many of the critical needs were slowly but surely fulfilled.
Embedded with a highly mobile team of disaster relief professionals from Team Rubicon, we navigated through rubble strewn streets of Tacloban and Carigara to find those who couldn’t make it to the clinics. Between the use of small deployment teams and operating small clinics Team Rubicon altered the fate of many Filipino citizens for the better. How long it will take this region to recover is unknown but one thing is for sure and that is that the Filipino people proved to be some of most resilient welcoming people I have had the pleasure to meet during my travels.