Journeys From Grief to Hope: Visual and Verbal Voices of Post-Yolanda Youth
Keywords:post-Yolanda youth, natural disasters, youth resilience, photovoice, Philippines
Despite media reports on the damage caused by supertyphoon Yolanda, which ravaged the islands of Central Philippines in 2013, there is limited information on how the victims, specifically the youth, lived their post-Yolanda lives. This study explored the post- Yolanda experiences of 10 purposively selected students from a secondary school near Tacloban City. Using photovoice, this study delved into the participants’ experiences, how they dealt with their grief over their loss, and what changes they wanted to initiate. The results showed that despite the participants’ tragic experiences, they were able to transcend their grief to hope. They also proposed changes for self, for the school community, and for the society at large.