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Borderland man sacrifices to help youngest survivors of Typhoon Haiyan
By: Stephanie Guadian
EL PASO, Texas - Super typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines with winds near 200 miles per hour. Images of the devastation were shown across the world. One in particular -- moved a Borderland man to take action.
Kai Malachi was already planning a trip to Japan when the typhoon hit.
All these kids were looking over their parents' dead bodies. They were just lined up. They were looking for their parents. When I saw that, I felt a calling to go, said Kai Malachi.
The El Paso personal trainer is just back from a month long trip to the Philippines where he helped in the recovery efforts. Trainer Kai, as he is known, says the need for food and water was the greatest.
The first day I was there I walked with a water bottle and I had all these little kids grabbing on me. They said please, please just one drink, one drink. Imagine being on an island surrounded by water and you can't drink the water and there is no water to drink, said Malachi.
Malachi quickly turned his attention to children -- like those he had seen in the haunting photograph. He says the holidays took on a new meaning when he found himself feeding some 50 kids using money out of his own pocket.
On Christmas Day I took a bunch of orphans to go eat at McDonald's. And they hadn't eaten that day -- on Christmas. If I hadn't bought them dinner, they would not have had anything to eat, said Malachi.
It was a scene that played out many times during his month long stay. In all, Malachi says he spent about $10,000 of his own money traveling to and throughout the Philippines. The recovery could take years -- and he's already planning a return trip.
In the meantime, he's back at his Borderland gym but, never far from those he helped.
When asked if he still thinks about those kids he said, Oh yeah definitely, everyday. I pray for them.