Typhoon Goni: Ashley Story

‘I immediately used the toothbrush’

5-year old Ashley was smiling shyly when she showed what she liked most from the relief items that her family received.

“The toothbrush and the toothpaste. I immediately used it,” she says.

Her mother, Sherilyn, explains that most of their things were rain-soaked after super typhoon Rolly (international name Goni) made its second landfall in their town in Tiwi, Albay.

“I am thankful that none of us was hurt. We were able to evacuate the day before the landfall. The next day, however, we came back and saw our damaged homes,” says Sherilyn. Their family lives in a coastal village but even the seawall that was supposed to minimize the impact of crashing waves also suffered some damages.

Thanks to the generosity of donors and partners, World Vision immediately provided support to the affected families. Hygiene kits that include toothbrushes for both adults and children, bath and laundry soaps, underwear, malong, nail cutter, sanitary pad, and emergency shelter kit (tarpaulins and rope) were provided.

“With the pandemic affecting our family’s income and this super typhoon almost taking most of our things, we do not have enough money to buy the essentials you gave us. Thank you!” says the 31-year old mother of three.

World Vision continues to provide support to typhoon-hit families in the Bicol region. While over a thousand families have already been reached, the need is still massive.