Getting through the Covid-19 pandemic

Being stuck at home was nice for a while, right? I remember being so excited to be out of school for two weeks.

Well, look where we are now! I endured a struggle-filled and stressful year of non-traditional instruction (NTI) through online schoolwork (shoutout to Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams), was employed as an essential worker through my time at Blaze Pizza, and had to deal with only seeing my family for months!

But seriously, this pandemic has affected our lives more than we realize. Our entire world has changed. Hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes are necessities, masks are essential, and getting Covid-19 tests are as normal as a check-up at the doctor. I am extremely grateful that my only hardships were school, work, and social-related through this pandemic. I know for many others, that is not the case.

For a developing country (1) like the Philippines, the Covid-19 pandemic caused higher concerns than online schoolwork and social isolation. Even with the worst of it over (at least we hope), this pandemic will have lasting effects on my mother’s home country. Multiple “longstanding challenges such as highly fragmented care,
maldistribution of health facilities, health human resources and financing continues to afflict the Philippine health system” (2). These problems worsened when the pandemic hit.

So, what can a high-schooler like me do? My first instinct is to raise awareness. Not only to the situation in the Philippines, but to all countries who are struggling because there are good and innocent people who need my help. I may not be able to fly myself over there, although I would love to, I am doing my best to put in the work from my home. I am blessed to be brought up with so many opportunities and it is a privilege to have been given them. I want to pay it forward, to help others, to make these problems known that they are bigger than we realize.

So here’s where you come in. I know I cannot do this alone. We all need to come together to donate, advocate, and assmilate!




Works Cited

  1. “Third World Countries 2021.” World Population Review, 2021,
  2. Beatriz S. Bayani, Diana, and Soon Guan Tan. “Health Systems Impact of COVID-19 in the Philippines.” Center for Global Development, Mar. 2021,

Then and now!

H4H Team 2020Now_Then

Wow, check out this “then and now” picture of some of our team members. The old picture was taken at our very first H4H meeting, 7 years ago. Looking at it brings back a lot of memories, fun meetings and serving at local soup kitchens in our community. Three of us are in college now or have graduated since that first picture. It’s been awesome to have many great supporters over the years. We hope they’re just as fulfilled as we are at seeing how many people we’ve helped together. Although the COVID19 pandemic hasn’t allowed us to gather this year, we’re still committed to our mission.  Please join us by clicking here to donate in any amount!

  • $2 for 1 child for a month
  • $25 for 1 child for a year
  • $50 for 1 community feeding for 100+ children

Thanks for “Taking One Bright Step at a Time” with us. Happy Holidays!

November 2019 Update

Please join us and help end hunger

It’s hard to believe it’s been 6 years since the beginning of Hope for Haiyan (H4H). Several team members are now grown and flown, but their hearts are still in it. Once again, our fundraising goal is to support another full year of Sunday feedings for 100+ children in the Cangumbang village. This village is “prone to constant flooding, often waist deep, and floods over 10 ft tall happen semi-annually. Since most are children of rice farmers, the families often lose their source of income, food supply and general property.” The parents struggle between harvest times to provide enough food for their children.

Would you consider helping support the weekly Supplemental Feedings?

$2 for 1 child for a month

$25 for 1 child for a year

$50 for 1 community feeding for 100+ children

Click here to donate through our Hope for Haiyan page. Every donation is important.

Thank you for joining us in “Taking One Bright Step at a Time.”