WYA Asia Pacific Director Visits Typhoon Haiyan Victims in Leyte


WYA Asia Pacific Regional Director Lord Leomer Pomperada went to the Province of Leyte from May 17 to 20 to visit and provide help to Typhoon Haiyan victims in the City of Tacloban and Municipality of Alang-Alang in the Province of Leyte.

On May 17 to 18, Pomperada together with his fellow Philippine Youth Ambassadors of Goodwill from the 40th Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program organized PROJECT SHARE in the Municipality of Alang Alang, Province of Leyte. The project included a house building activity in collaboration with Gawad Kalinga, an art therapy session with affected children, disaster management training for young people, and distribution of solar lights to a far flung community in the mountains.

Pomperada also conducted a talk and introductory session of the World Youth Alliance to the students of Eastern Visayas State University in the City of Tacloban. During his talk, Mr. Pomperada inspired the participants by sharing the story of Victor Frankl about finding his meaning and purpose in life despite the many difficult circumstances that were present around him. He also invited the students to take part in the upcoming projects of WYA Asia Pacific in the Philippines.

“The most memorable part of the trip was giving help, support and inspiration to the young people in Leyte. Through the stories of the people that I have met, I have learned how great the effect of the typhoon was on the city and on the people. It was also surprising to know how the value of solidarity and hope has saved the lives of many. I even heard the story of a baby carried by her mother through the ravaging waters from the sea and they have both survived through the help of a stranger. It has made me realize that we all have a mission in this world to fulfill and that each of us has a responsibility to our fellowmen,” Mr. Pomperada shared.

If you would like to support the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, you may get in touch with the regional office at asiapacific@wya.net or by phone +62 921 5162.