Lope and Eva on their fishing boat in the Philippines

The wind blew so strong, trees and houses around were almost destroyed. We prayed and prayed that our family should stay safe.Through our prayers, we were safe until the typhoon ceased.

Since Super Typhoon Haiyan pounded their island of Tabugon in 2013, fisherfolk Lope and Eva are showing us what it means to rise up to the challenges of life in a changing, erratic climate.

Lives were lost; homes and livelihoods were swept away. The weather's not the same anymore. With each disaster, vulnerable communities continue to struggle.

Because of climate change, fishing is increasingly dangerous for Lope and Eva. And it's not the only challenge they're facing. 

Will you rise up with Lope and Eva against climate change before it's too late?

Rise up against climate change

Will you give a gift today, and rise up with climate champions Lope and Eva this Lent?

'A force to be listened to'

Lope: 'My community elected me as president... There was no justice so we rallied as one to create a force to be listened to.'

Lope: 'My community elected me as president... There was no justice so we rallied as one to create a force to be listened to.'

Photo: Christian Aid / Amy Sheppey

In 2015, Lope began campaigning against destructive illegal fishing, and is proud to lead his community.

This Lent, you can also be a force to be listened to. Together, you can rise up against climate change, and help achieve climate justice. 

'It's not normal anymore

Before Haiyan struck, Lope had been unwell, at one point selling his fishing boat to pay for medicine. With no other means of income, one of his two sons had to drop out of school to help provide for the family.

Life for the family was 'miserable', he told us. And although he is in better, health, and the income is more stable now, the weather makes fishing and supporting his family more and more dangerous:

Even prior and after Yolanda we are experiencing extreme heat; it’s not normal anymore. We experience big waves out at sea.

Rise up and continue making a difference

Lope and Eva return from fishing with their catch. Tabugon. Philippines.

Lope and Eva return from fishing with their catch. Tabugon. Philippines.

Photo: Christian Aid / Amy Sheppey

Thanks to your generous gifts, our partner ICODE have been able to:

  • help Lope and his team patrol the seas by boat, and from a guardhouse
  • support Lope and his fellow villagers to set down hundreds of concrete jackstones, forming an artificial reef to nurture marine life
  • set up mangrove training; Eva re-plants sturdy mangrove trees that help protect the land and the sea life

With coral safely anchored and flourishing once more, fish stocks are abundant again – and illegal fishermen are kept away. Lope and Eva, and their community, can eat well and keep their children in education. 

Standing together, we can rise up against climate change. This Lent, you can do that through your prayers, actions and donations.

Lope and Eva on their boat in the Philippines catching fish

I don’t want money and wealth, I just want enough for my family – good health and education and to serve the community.

Lope

We sow they reap

While Eva plants mangroves, she prays that they grow big and strong to protect the environment. Tabugon, Philippines.

While Eva plants mangroves, she prays that they grow big and strong to protect the environment. Tabugon, Philippines.

Photo: Christian Aid/Amy Sheppey

Eva’s words ring loud and clear:

As humans, we are supposed to be equal, so I appeal to richer nations to stop activities which are destroying the environment and violating the human rights of the poorer nations. It’s us, on this island, who are suffering.

With your actions this Lent, you can challenge HBSC to stop funding climate change around the world.

And with your gifts, people like Lope and Eva can secure their livelihoods and their children's futures.

Will you rise up with climate champions Lope and Eva this Lent?