November 8, 2013, at 4:40 a.m. Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Super Typhoon Yolanda, made landfall. It hit Eastern Samar at peak capacity. A Category 5 storm, it rampaged through the coast of Samar and Leyte with wind speed of 196 miles per hour, possibly the highest recorded windspeed of a storm making landfall. The ensuing storm surge devastated and engulfed the coastal islands and millions of residents were displaced. In a country used to unrelenting battering by storms, the destruction and loss of life, property and livelihood in the wake of Yolanda was unprecedented.

Responding to the urgent cries for help, Assumption Cares was built. It was created by a cross-section of alumnae who rallied quickly, passionately and effectively. They are proud testaments of the Assumption philosophy and Assumption education. To the Assumption Care Team, who continue to provide support to Samar even 7 years after Yolanda, we salute you! You are women of faith, women of action!

Gina Gabaldon Hechanova | Maricris C. Zobel | Gina A. Aboitiz | Mielle Esteban | Marily DC Ledesma Dida Salita Cosio | Tessa Prieto Valdes | Popsie Gamboa | Joy L. Lagdameo | Millette Tanada Ocampo Ana O. Olondriz | Rose R. Lopez | Connie Gomez Valdes

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