Typhoon survivor Keith in school funding appeal

Keith Wakefield, who has had a miraculous escape from Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Keith Wakefield, who has had a miraculous escape from Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Monday, March 3, 2014
2:09 PM

Typhoon Haiyan survivor Keith Wakefield is appealing for funds to secure the future of his language school, having passed 100 days since it was devastated by the storm.

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Keith, who lived in Exmouth until six years ago, has previously told of how he and his Filipino family survived the destructive typhoon at their home on the island of Leyte in November, and thanked Exmothians for sending support.

Now, he is appealing for help to secure the future of the English Language Academy, which he runs in the city of Tacloban.

He said: “The school is not doing so good because the front of the building that the school is housed in is still not repaired and is all boarded up, so it is not good for business.

“I have managed to find a building that was not damaged by the typhoon that would be perfect for the school to revive and prosper.

“The only problem is that, because the school is the only source of income, I do not have the advance rent and deposit necessary to be able to move to the new building.

“If there is anyone there in Exmouth who can lend me £1,000 to make this possible, once the school is back up and running fully, I can pay back the money with interest.”

Keith says his school has helped hundreds of Filipinos to improve their lives, with one of his former students, Miriam Angeli Bayaya, a nurse, being chosen to show David Beckham around the area during a recent visit.

To contact Keith, email keithatela@yahoo.com

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