Aid to the Philippines after Typhoon Yolanda

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Aid to the Philippines after Typhoon Yolanda
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Aid to the Philippines after Typhoon Yolanda
Aid to the Philippines after Typhoon Yolanda
Aid to the Philippines after Typhoon Yolanda
Aid to the Philippines after Typhoon Yolanda
Aid to the Philippines after Typhoon Yolanda
Aid to the Philippines after Typhoon Yolanda
Aid to the Philippines after Typhoon Yolanda
Aid to the Philippines after Typhoon Yolanda
Aid to the Philippines after Typhoon Yolanda

Project Report | Jan 23, 2018
Typhoon response, building new classrooms, the impact of our psycho-social training and more!

By Matan Boiness | Country Director, Philippines

Activities for children after the recent typhoons
Activities for children after the recent typhoons

It has been a busy few months for IsraAID Philippines! The team has facilitated various trainings, given relief during the recent Typhoons Kai Tak and Tembin, and visited with our beneficiaries. 

Typhoons Kai-Tak and Tembin Response

Between the 15th and 23rd of December, Typhoons Kai-Tak (Urduja) and Tembin (Vinta) swept through the Eastern Visayas and Mindanao regions of the Philippines.

There were approximately 200 reported fatalities, with some still missing. The heavy downpours and flash flooding caused considerable destruction to the regions' infrastructure, including immediate damage to roads, bridges and houses. The most affected communities are now dealing with poor housing conditions, shortages of safe water, damage to their livelihoods and sanitation issues.

In Ormoc, there are already 20,000 people at the city's evacuation centers whose homes were destroyed – most of these had still been living in temporary accommodation since Typhoon Yolanda hit in 2013.

IsraAID's team in the Philippines immediately distributed 200 hygiene kits to families with babies and young children, nursing mothers and the elderly. This emergency distribution was facilitated in conjunction with the Youth Development Office, Department of Disaster Risk Reduction Management and the Philippine Red Cross.

In the following weeks we ran activities for over 100 children affected by the disaster to relieve some tension and stress. Our team was joined by 20 local youth volunteers who helped facilitate the sessions.

 

Building classrooms for a better future

On the 13 December the IsraAID Philippines team attended a grant contract signing ceremony at the Embassy of Japan, in Manila. IsraAID Philippines was chosen to receive a grant for the GGP project to construct classrooms at Bagong Buhay elementary school in Ormoc City, Leyte.

The classrooms will replace the temporary classrooms that have been in use since Tyhoon Yolanda destroyed the original structures.  We are looking forward to the successful implementation of the project, and a strong collaboration and partnership with the Embassy of Japan through its GGP team!

 

The impact of Mental Health and Psycho-social training:

This month, the team visited long-time IsraAID Mental Health and Psycho-social facilitator and school guidance counselor from the Department of Education in Ormoc City, Marimel.

"I really owe everything to IsraAID, really. I was a participant in the very first psycho-social training they conducted after Typhoon Yolanda, and have been active ever since. I grew tremendously, both personally and professionally.

In the past, children used to be afraid of the Guidance Counselor, there was the perception that only those who get in trouble are referred to me.

A little while ago, a child who was experiencing some trouble in class was referred to me, we had a few meetings and I applied all the psycho-social tools I've learnt. On our last session I asked her to draw her safe place, a place that she feels most comfortable in. I was surprised to see that she drew my office.

The children of Ormoc now have access to psychosocial care at the school level. They are comfortable to share their challenges and the entire environment in the class has changed.

At the same time, I also experienced difficult situations in my personal life. I realized that I could also apply the tools to myself. I feel that I am a stronger person now. I can cope, and am ready to be there for the school children when needed."

 

Preventing Gender-based Violence training in Maasin

25 November was the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Leading up to this, IsraAID Philippines held a two-day training in Maasin City regarding gender-based violence.

The participants were from the Maasin police, social workers and the coast guard.  Following this, the group took part in raising awareness about gender-based violence in the city.  The training was a collaboration between IsraAID Philippines and the Bidlisiw Foundation, Inc.

 Thank you for your ongoing support!

Signing the contract to build new classrooms!
Signing the contract to build new classrooms!
Prevention of gender-based violence training
Prevention of gender-based violence training
Prevention of gender-based violence training
Prevention of gender-based violence training
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Location: Tel Aviv, Merkaz - Israel
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Navonel Glick
beer sheva , Israel

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