Typhoon Haiyan - Beneficiary profile: Luzviminda 'Lucy' Pido and Angie Lopez

Published: 31 October 2014 18:12 CET

By Kate Marshall, IFRC

Close friends Luzviminda 'Lucy' Pido and Angie Lopez live in Barangay Tacuranga, Palo, Leyte. Lucy and her husband, Joel, have six children. Angie and her husband, Prodito, have 17 children.

Lucy and Angie are proud and happy to have been working for the Philippines Red Cross for nearly a year. Their jobs have secured them a stable income, a factor which has made a big difference in helping them and their respective families get back on their feet after Typhoon Haiyan.

Casting her mind back to November last year, Angie says she will never forget hiding from Haiyan in a small toilet at the local evacuation centre. "I was really scared because some of the people in my family got separated," says Angie.

"I took the eight of the children with me to the evacuation centre at the school and we ended up with a lot of other families in a toilet that was only big enough for one person. I had my baby with me and he would cry because we were all so squashed."

"When I saw my husband again after the typhoon we were so grateful to see one another."

Lucy says even though Filipinos are used to typhoons it wasn't until she survived Haiyan that she realised just how lucky she and the family had been compared to the many others who died. So when the barangay captain asked if they were interested in working for Red Cross, they both jumped at the chance.

"Without Yolanda (Haiyan) I wouldn't have gotten a job like this, where I get to know different people and meet some from other countries. It's the best thing that's happened to my life," says Lucy.