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After Typhoon Haiyan (local name: Yolanda) devastated central Philippines on November 8, 2013, CRS helped families and communities recover through emergency relief, WASH, transitional shelter, livelihood programs and other interventions. These images are from October 2014, 11 months after the storm.

With CRS private funds, families in and around Palo received either direct build homes or funding in stages to construct their own homes that incorporate "build back better" techniques.

The Ronda family received staggered cash grants to construct their home and had frequent visits from CRS engineers to ensure they used proper building techniques for future disaster resilience. Before Haiyan/Yolanda destroyed their home, the Ronda family lived in a dump site in a very poor home, made from scrap tin metal and bamboo. They earned income picking recyclables from the rubbish.

"I have never lived in such a beautiful, safe and clean home" said mother Noemi. "Sometimes I sit on my porch, my favorite place in the house, and wonder how I could be so blessed. My family is happy even though we have little."

Father Fernando Ronda, mother Noemi Ronda, son Ian Irish Ronda (11 - green shirt), daughter Glydelyn Ronda (9 - white shirt), daughter Candy Liezell Ronda (6 - white shirt with printed circles) and Dhapne Diane Ronda (1) pictured. During this visit, the family went about their morning routine of the older children getting ready for school.

Photo by Jennifer Hardy/Catholic Relief Services