In the wake of super-typhoon Haiyan in 2013, children in the Philippines were left with questions, confusion and fear. Headwaters Relief Organization, a non-profit disaster relief group, addresses their feelings with their new book, “When Strong Winds Blow.” This is the second children's book Headwaters Relief has released to help children understand and handle their feelings after natural disaster. It also provides ways to become better prepared should a natural disaster occur again.
“When Strong Winds Blow” was written by high school student Luke Thomley and his grandmother, Marya Hage. Thomley began volunteering with Headwaters Relief Organization at the age of seven and has worked on multiple disasters in the years since. He traveled with a first-response medical team to Tacloban in the Philippines after the 2013 super-typhoon. He currently attends St. Paul Conservatory for the Performing Arts. Luke’s grandmother, Marya Hage, is a licensed psychologist practicing in mental health and grief counseling. She has served on the Red Cross Mental Health Team since 1992 through many disasters and has worked with Headwaters Relief Organization since its inception.
Both felt a strong need for the children of the Philippines to understand more about their feelings after Typhoon Haiyan, a super typhoon that hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013. The United Nations estimates that more than 11 million people have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan, many of them children. The book also provides steps for adults and children to take to prepare before, during and after a major storm. “When Strong Winds Blow” is written in Tagalog with translations in English.
For more information or to donate visit www.HeadwatersRelief.org