Many families are using the school as a refugee as their homes have been washed away by huge waves, blown over by extremely strong winds or destroyed by hundreds of falling trees. The school itself has been severely damaged. A large pine tree hit and destroyed the school gate. The Department for Public Amenities had to intervene and cut down and remove the trees blocking the entrance, the street and most of the school compound. The most badly affected areas were the Guard House, the Grade 4 classroom, the entire school garden with the vermi house and our school stage, where the roofs were blown off.
A tragic Christmas – Typhoon Rai destroys part of our school
“We are so thankful to God that we are still in this world” wrote our school headmaster in a WhatsApp message to us after the Super Typhoon Rai hit the south eastern islands in the Philippines. He went on to say: “That was out first time in southern Leyte experiencing a very strong typhoon. So sorry for not responding right away because of the lost connection”.
At least 375 people are known to have died after this powerful storm struck the Philippines on Thursday 16th December. Super Typhoon Rai - with winds of up to 195km/h (120mph) – caused the evacuation of more than 4000 people who had to look for safety. Furthermore, at least 500 people were injured and 56 others have been reported missing by local police. Many areas have no access to power or phone signal and have very little available drinking water. Red Cross volunteers said: "There are some areas that look like it has been bombed worse than World War Two. "The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have launched an emergency appeal seeking 20 million Swiss francs (£16m; $22m) to fund long-term relief efforts.
The CFF is seeking for donations to repair the huge damaged caused to the school. Thank you for your help Please donate!