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Updated: 02/05/2014 05:44:01PM

Man’s Philippines relief effort rebuffed locally

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PHOTO COURTESY OF THOMAS GUAY

Thomas Guay leaves Thursday to go back to the Philippines to help the island of Samar continue to recover from Typhoon Haiyan, which made landfall Nov. 8. According to reports from his wife, who remains there with their children, little has changed since he left in December. This photo was taken in mid-January.

PHOTO COURTESY OF THOMAS GUAY

Tank Guay's school in Dologan after Typhoon Haiyan. Thomas Guay is returning to the Philippines in two weeks to help rebuild it.

PHOTO COURTESY OF THOMAS GUAY

Thomas Guay and sons Tank, 3, center, and newborn Teddy, whom Thomas helped deliver.

By BOB MUDGE

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Thomas Guay hoped he’d be returning to the Philippines with enough money to rebuild his children’s school and help the rest of Samar recover from Typhoon Haiyan.

But when he departs Thursday for the village where he left his family in December, he’ll have only a few hundred dollars in his pocket. He called his fundraising effort here a “disaster.”

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