Today marks 4 years since the worst storm in modern history exploded over the Pacific coast of the Philippines. For some reason, I stuffed my bag full of water filters and headed off into the tattered edges of the unknown.
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They offer a glimpse into how difficult it was. I’ll never forget seeing thousands of dead bodies, or looking into the eyes of a survivor who had just lost family members, their home, and their livelihood. Those feelings are impossible to explain; my watery eyes and lack of words often suffice.
Despite many overwhelming challenges, thrusting myself into hell to help these people was a profound experience. As I often say, I went to the Philippines to help people, and in many ways, they helped me more. Disaster relief for Typhoon Haiyan has been the most impactful thing I’ve ever done, and completely changed my outlook on how to live my life.
This experience also led to the birth of Kapuluan and our mission to help improve the livelihood of coconut farming communities. So I have to take a moment to thank everyone who has supported us since we launched at the end of 2015. The support of the Kapuluan community means supporting these brave people and their communities. Thank you – Kapuluan Founder Will Lauder