Cassidy, Field Operations Manager, is currently traveling and working with the team in the Philippines. After a typhoon made landfall where she is currently staying, Cassidy reflected on her experience:
December 17, 2015
Cabanatuan City, Philippines
Yesterday, I experienced my first typhoon. As I conducted a training with the Outreach Philippines, Inc. team, I watched the rain falling outside. In a matter of minutes, small puddles in the streets turned into a growing, calf-deep current. As I spoke of methods for monitoring and evaluation, I watched as people passed outside evacuating their homes in search of higher grounds. I saw the staff at our hotel, the Amada Plaza, carrying everything that wasn’t nailed to the floor up to the second level, including the refrigerator. I observed rescue teams with life vests headed to help those who were unable to evacuate their homes to safety.
After ending the training early to ensure everyone was able to get home before the waters rose too high to pass, I sat and thought. As I looked through the dark hotel at the water that had risen over two feet in the lobby, I heard laughter and singing of the Filipinos stranded with me at the hotel. I became overcome with an appreciation of human resilience.
In my short time with Outreach International, I have consistently been challenged, personally and professionally. The greatest of these challenges have come during my visits to the field, where I see the work facilitated by our field staff and the challenges faced by the communities in which they work.
I cannot begin to adequately express the gratitude I have for the work in which I am able to play a role, the people around the world with whom I work, and the communities in which we are a part; they push me to my limits and challenge me to grow. I only hope that I am able to one day do the same for them.
I love my job, typhoons and all.
– Cassidy Miller, Field Operations Manager