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Life After Typhoon Haiyan

Marlon feared that things would never be the same after Typhoon Haiyan, but now, he’s getting back to business and providing for his family.

Routine is important, especially when you’re a father of five. When you’ve got mouths to feed and young minds to mould, routine means certainty – and certainty means safety.

But on 2 November, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan shattered 34-year-old father Marlon’s routine. The typhoon killed more than 6,000 people, and after it hit, routine and safety were nowhere to be found in the Philippines.

But fast forward to 2015, and Marlon’s living the family man’s dream. He works hard, and he makes enough money not only to provide the basics – but to put profits back into his business.

StarKids supplied Marlon with new tools to continue his trade as a fisherman after Typhoon Haiyan. He was also provided the materials he needed to rebuild his home. “Thanks to the supply of fishing equipment, I am now able to provide for my family’s daily needs and send my children to school,” he says.

Marlon isn’t seeking a handout or charity. He just wants to work hard, earn what he deserves, and use his earnings to build a future for his kids. “I am able to sell the fish at a good price. When I have extra income, I buy more materials to use for fishing,” he says.

“This helped my family a lot. We do not like to imagine what would have happened if I was unable to fish.”

Thanks to the generosity of everyday people like you, Marlon (and so many others) can finally welcome routine back into their lives.