I was in Tacloban for relief work after Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, the strongest storm recorded at landfall, had swept through the Philippines. According to the mayor's office 10,000-15,000 lives were lost in Tacloban alone - taken by the huge sea surge that reached 30 metres. It's a very tragic tale and a heart-pounding experience to see devastation of this kind.
While there, I met many inspiring volunteers working with organisations from all over the world. I also met many survivors with extraordinary tales or heroism and determination. We brought donations to people who had literally lost everything - their children, mothers, fathers, family and homes. They were still able to smile for us and were so very grateful for anything received.
Never forget to be graeftul for each day spent with our loved ones and for the roof over our head.