Nicola, 8, and her family were among hundreds of residents from the village in Eastern Samar, who fled up a small hill to the evacuation centre ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ the elementary school ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ and waited for Typhoon Haiyan to pass. When they returned, all but one house in the village had been destroyed. A confirmed 22 people died in the village ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ 12 of them children.
ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂI did cry then,ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ NicolaÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs mother Davina admits. A community volunteer with Plan for 11 years, she says she is worried about money, food, proper shelter ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ and the impact on the children. ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂI worry most about their education. My eldest, Mary-Dell, 16, has just started college but I think she will have to stop. We cannot afford to send her and have to prioritise things.ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ