Philippa Hill spent Christmas and New Year 7,000 miles from her home in Clayhidon helping children on a typhoon-wrecked island in the Philippines.
She flew out in mid-November just after her 25th birthday with her personal water purification kit and a small supply of dried food. Philippa is a monitoring and evaluation co-ordinator with the Save the Children UK Emergency Response Team on the devastated island of Panay.
Although her island base has no mains electricity she is managing to post a blog about her work.
She is working to set up systems that track all the charity’s activities on the island. The team she is with has already reached over 50,000 people with essential relief and interventions.
With the help of enthusiastic local volunteers, Philippa and her colleagues are providing shelter and household equipment for people whose homes were destroyed, building safe water points and latrines, helping schools get back on their feet and running a mobile health clinic.
Philippa lives at Bollhayes Park, Clayhidon. Her Interest in community service and adventure was kindled through the Duke of Edinburgh scheme at Uffculme School and at Richard Huish College.
She spent her gap year with the Raleigh Foundation working in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. At Aberystwyth University she studied International Politics then went on to do a masters in Violence, Conflict & Development at London University’s School of Oriental & African Studies.
Last year she did a year’s training internship with Save the Children, half in London followed by six months in Tajikistan.
You can find out more about Save the Children’s work in the Phillipines and donate on this link .
Report & photos courtesy www.clayhidon.org