Jul 1, 2015

IsraAID PH Feb - June Activities

In 2015, IsraAID continues to support the rehabilitation of Leyte after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). Activities continue to progress well, with projects now being implemented on 3 fronts:

  1. Mental Health and Psycho-Social Services 
  2. Food Security and Agriculture
  3. Reconstruction

1. Mental Health and Psycho-Social Services

During the period Feb-June 2015, the IsraAID PH MHPSS team is proud to have successfully completed the second stage of training for municipal workers in Ormoc from the Departments of Health (DOH), Education (DepEd), and Social Welfare (CSWD), as well as first responders.

The main topics covered included grief, domestic violence, chronic illness in the family, and conflict and trauma.

Participants were extremely grateful and appreciative for the training - below is a sample of the feedback received.

"I gained more knowledge and learned how to deal with different problems that I would encounter in the future. This adds a lot to my personal development."

"Yes, the topic is very useful and important. It will be beneficial to our clients to express themselves through acting or dramatization."

"The topic is very relevant as it deals with the personality of an individual. We needed to learn how to understand and deal with an individual is what we need in order for us to be pliant, open-minded as we deal with clients."

At the end of these final training courses, a graduation ceremony was held for all 89 participants.

In the coming months, IsraAID will be launching the third phase of the MHPSS program, continuing to emphasize the increasing leadership role of the graduates as IsraAID's international professionals take incremental steps back to empower local ownership and the long-term local sustainability of the program.

For more information of this project, please visit the dedicated MHPSS program page.


2. Food Security and Agriculture

During the period Feb-June, IsraAID's professional team on the ground has continued its practical training with farmers in the Cabintan area, as they prepare for the arrival and installation of new protective structures supported by IsraAID.

In addition, due to the extremely dry season that struck Leyte this year, IsraAID undertook to re-evaluate the area's water sources, and as a result made changes to the workplan and training for the farmers, emphasizing water management.

Even though the farmers are generally impressed by the yields achieved under drip irrigation, it takes time to incorporate these new agricultural practices to their traditional practices. This requires a long and patient process of trust building, sharing and learning. In the coming weeks, the team will continue to work with farmers on maximizing their yield using existing techniques, as well as new concepts supported by IsraAID. 

For more information about the project please visit the dedicated page.


3. Reconstruction

After a yearlong communication with the embassy of Japan in the Philippines, in March 2015, IsraAID signed a contract with the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) of the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines, approving a grant of $90,753 for the purpose of constructing a proposed 2 story, 4 classrooms building, in Ipil national high school, Brgy. Ipil, Ormoc City, Leyte.

After receiving 3 quotations from 3 contractors, F. Montanes Construction were selected as the construction company for the project.

During June 2015, a designated Peso account was opened and required documents have been submitted to the GGP team.

As of today, IsraAID is waiting for the GGP team confirmation to start the construction work.

Jul 1, 2015

Building Communities in Vanuatu

After the devastating TC Pam struck the islands of Vanuatu on March 13th, IsraAID was one of the very first teams on ground to respond. On March 18th, IsraAID sent a team of professionals to assess and respond to the increasing water scarcity, lack of food and need of psychosocial services provision at this critical time. IsraAID has distributed water, farm and garden kits for all villages in Tangoa Island, filters distribution and rehabilitated water harvesting systems in community facilities. In addition, IsraAID led the Psychosocial First Aid efforts in the island, working with service providers while establishing a long-term recovery provision approach for rehabilitation and resilience promotion.

As of today, IsraAID is partnering with government officials; MOH, MOJ and MOW, along with invested partners, WHO Cadena and Humedica, to create sustainable, long-term programs, responding to the community’s needs and local assets in the fields of WASH and Mental Health Psychosocial Support.

MHPSS Primary Care System, training of trainers program:

In a cascade holistic module, targeting 240 service providers from all 6 Vanuatu provinces, IsraAID in Partnership with Ministry of health (MoH) and world health organization (WHO) is addressing three layers of community; community leaders, welfare personal and clinical staff, to establish a sustainable mental health psychosocial support (MHPSS) system in Vanuatu, basing the MHPSS efforts in existing primary care systems. IsraAID team (art therapist and a clinical psychologist) together with Dr. Jimmy, Vanuatu national psychiatrist in charge of mental health in the country have begun training on June 15th, offering a MHPSS holistic approach. Till today 114 trainees from Shefa, Tanna a and Malampa provinces participated in the training, building capacity through developing communication skills, stress reduction technics, assessments, diagnoses and intervention according to the MHGAP and the capacity of each three layers. Conveying creative methods and skill building to diagnose, engage and support people coping with psychosocial and mental disorders in the community while establishing the foundation of a referral mechanism in Vanuatu. During the training, Mr. Daniel Pakoa, Chief of Euta community has expressed the growing need to address alcohol and drugs abuse with the youth of his community, he has inspired us all by sharing that he had began implementing technics learned in training and that through the networking that is formed, he is now able to collaborate with other practitioners to reduce the problem and implement a new approach to the situation.

WASH program:

IsraAID experts, based on their specialized “know-how” in water irrigation, designed a disaster-resistant system that uses gravity to channel fresh and safe drinking water from mountain springs down to Tongoa island communities. This new water system will be able to withstand future cyclones and earthquakes.

In partnership with Humedica, the program targets 640 beneficiaries living in the villages of Matangi and Itakoma (128 households), A primary school that is present in Matangi Village and Davalapa Dispensary (the only health service available on the north part of Tongoa Island). These villages, school and dispensary will soon be connected to running water all year round. IsraAID team is currently preparing the ground for the program implementation, working with targeted communities, importing most appropriate DRR equipment and taking all measures to be most prepared for the gravity water system construction during July 2015. we look forward to begin hands-on work! As Pakoa, our partner from Tangoa says, “Water is the essence of life and it is our communal responsibility and duty to take care of life”. 

Jun 5, 2015

Tohoku For Nepal

High school students raise funds for Nepal
High school students raise funds for Nepal

Our mission is to empower the youth of Tohoku by supporting development of creativity skills.

About Youth Leadership Project:

Youth Leadership Project aims at offering workshop and experience to learn creative thinking, problem
solving and team building skills to young people in Tohoku area. The young people will be also offered the
opportunities to lead the social projects in the community and local schools, utilizing the skills they
learned, to become leaders in the local societies of Tohoku.

Summary of Activities:

Together with TOMODACHI alumni and seniour managers, Japan IsraAID Support Program has launched a leadership program for high-school students in the affected areas. The program, "Tohoku For Nepal", aims to create a bridge between high school students in Tohoku and in Nepal, which was affected by a recent massic earthquake.
A group of high school students in Sendai contacted JISP about a potential aid project to high school students in Nepal.
As a first step, the students decided to organize a fund-raising drive.
On May 30 and May 31, 15 high school students collected funds in the streets of Sendai. In just few hours, the students were able to collect slighly more than 1,000 US Dollars. These funds, together with future fund-raising drives will be sent directly to a high-school in Nepal.

As a second step, JISP met with the students and decided to launch a "pen-pal" program between schools who have overcame the disaster in Japan 4 years ago and students in Nepal.

We will update you about the developments and progress of this unique program in the next report.

Thank you all for your generous support.

High school students raise funds for Nepal
High school students raise funds for Nepal
High school students raise funds for Nepal
High school students raise funds for Nepal
High school students raise funds for Nepal
High school students raise funds for Nepal
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