Aid to the Philippines after Typhoon Yolanda

by IsraAID

IsraAID Philippines’ programs are running successfully thanks to your continued support!

Three years have passed since Typhoon Yolanda devastated large parts of the country and the recovery process is still on-going - frequently interrupted by minor and major new typhoons.

Food Security and Agriculture

Our Food Security and Agricultural Livelihood Program is holding diverse training sessions engaging farmers in all stages of the production chain - from planning to marketing. The training sessions are given by IsraAID Philippines’ agronomists to members of the Cabintan's Farmers' Association – CALCOA.

One important topic of the training is pests prevention and fertilization technics. Implementing those technics in the fields increase the quality and quantity of the vegetable production under protected structures.

Alvin is one of the veteran members of CALCOA and he has been part of IsraAID's program since the establishment. Alvin wished to apply the technics of pests prevention and fertilization on his own private sweet pepper field. Therefore, Alvin began to change his usual practices to the new that he had just learned in the training. The new techniques included modifying the crops fertilization frequency to a weekly assignment; using power-sprayer; and using plastic tray in seedling production. Thanks to his successful implementation, there has been a considerable improvement in Alvin's sweet pepper production as he was able to triple his gross income to 450,000.00 PHP using a field measure of only 0.40 hectare.

IsraAID Philippines agronomist who facilitated this success, continued to coach Alvin helping him to improve his practice even more.  Moreover, Alvin's success motivated his fellow farmers to gain as much knowledge as possible from IsraAID's experts and encourage them to implement the new practices in their private fields as well.

Mental Health and Psycho-Social Support

The Mental Health and Psycho-Social program’s institutionalization is carried out in collaboration with Ormoc’s Department of Education during the current school year. Institutionalization means that the program is integrating psycho-social activities to the education system of the public schools in Ormoc, who suffered greatly from a devastating typhoon 3 years ago.

The program aims to raise awareness among students and their teachers of trauma and how to handle it, through providing tools and services using expressive arts therapy and the power and the dynamics of the class as a group. The activities are being integrated through the Values Education curriculum while all counselors and teachers in the city of Ormoc receives training given by IsraAID staff and core team facilitators. Altogether, classes from the 5th grade to 10th grade in more than 50 selected public schools in Ormoc City are co-facilitated by representatives who went through a training process by one of IsraAID’s therapists.

IsraAID's vision is to expand and to institutionalize more psycho-social support in municipal departments of education in other areas in the Philippines by integrating expressive arts psychosocial support activities to public school system curriculums.

Inauguration Ceremony 

Last but not least, IsraAID Philippines is happy to announce that the opening ceremony of Ipil National High School was held on January 31st. The school was severely damaged by typhoon Yolanda, many of the school facilities and class rooms were completely or partly demolished. IsraAID Philippines partnered with the Japanese Embassy to build a new two floor building and the inauguration ceremony was held this week, introducing a new chapter for the children of Ormoc.

Thank you for being a part of IsraAID Philippines!

The newly opened Ipil National High School
The newly opened Ipil National High School
Inauguration Ceremony
Inauguration Ceremony
IsraAID's team with the Japanese delegation

Typhoon Haima (locally named Lawin) made landfall in Peñablanca, Cagayan province, at 11 p.m. on 19 October as a Category 4 typhoon with sustained winds of 225 km/h and gusts of up to 315 km/h. After making landfall, it was quickly downgraded to a Category 3 typhoon, leaving extensive debris, damage to homes, buildings and farmland, flooding and landslides in its wake. Eight people were confirmed dead and 230 evacuation centers were operating the in affected area for nearly 150,000 displaced people.  

Typhoon Haima is the twelfth cyclone to affect the Philippines this year. It followed Typhoon Sarika, which struck central Luzon four days prior. There are approximately five million people residing in the 100 km radius of Typhoon Haima’s path. Of those, about 175,500 households are living below the poverty line.

In addition to regular activities IsraAID is currently responding to the needs of those in the affected area with distribution items and psychosocial support in the form of Psychological First Aid (PFA) as well as continuing to assess the situation on how to further help the most vulnerable.

This quarter IsraAID has been working on two ongoing development projects food security through agriculture and livelihoods and psychosocial support in the education system. As the regions continues to heal and build back better than it was before, IsraAID has been an integral part of the recovery process.

IsraAID has shifted its relief focus to new places of the Philippines and is committed to providing services to those in need following disasters such as Typhoon Lawin. 

Agriculture Project
Agriculture Project

In the first half of 2016 IsraAID continues to support the rehabilitation of Ormoc City, Leyte after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). Activities continue to progress well, focusing on two programs:

  1. Mental Health and Psychosocial Services
  2. Food Security and Agriculture

Project DetailsMental Health and Psychosocial Services (MHPSS)

The MHPSS program aims to enhance the capacity of local education, health and social welfare workers by increasing their understanding of the impact of trauma. Using expressive art and basic psychosocial interventions, the Department of Education will mainstream this curriculum into the public school system.

The first half of the program focused on training professionals from the local education, health and social welfare officesand the second half of the program was directed towards teachers and guidance counselors. The direct beneficiaries of the trainings are the professionals and the indirect beneficiaries are their clients. The main achievements to date include 90 graduates of the family counseling training program, and a successful three month expressive arts psychosocial support pilot program operating in four public schools with over 200 participants. 

Third Stage expansion:

IsraAID Philippines' MHPSS third stage expansion program is being carried out in collaboration with Ormoc’s Department of Education, which began at the end of 2015. The third stage aims to integrate psychosocial activities into the education curriculum of public schools in Ormoc. It focuses on raising awareness about those experiencing trauma. The program provides MHPSS tools and services using expressive arts therapy, and the dynamics of the class as a group to teach normalization of stress reactions, resilience techniques, and self-care. The PSS activities are being integrated into the Values Education curriculum while all guidance counselors and Values Education teachers in the city went through PSS training given by IsraAID staff and core team facilitators. To date welfare professionals, in collaboration with school teachers who have been trained by an Israeli therapist, co-facilitated classes for students grades 5 – 10 in 100 selected public schools in Ormoc City. Heading into the 2016-2017 school year, the MHPSS expansion program is already being standardized across the Ormoc’s Department of Education public school system.

In the expansion plan for the second half of 2016 every class will participate in eight activities. Each activity starts with a warm – up exercises in order to increase participant’s enthusiasm, encourage them to participate and get them more comfortable and relaxed before the activity. Each activity ends with the opportunity for the students to share how they felt and what they learned.  IsraAID’s MHPSS staff with provide supervision and support for the professionals and educators implementing the activities.

Food Security and Agriculture

In November 2014, IsraAID Philippines launched The Food Security and Agricultural Livelihood Program for small-scale community farmers in the typhoon affected area of Ormoc. The program was developed in response to the massive loss of livelihoods, particularly for those relying on agriculture as their source of income. Offering support and capacity building for small-scale community farmers in the rural affected area of barangay Cabintan in Ormoc City, Leyte, including an introduction to modern technology through hands on training. Using practical tools and brainstorming innovative solutions affords the framers further growth in income generation and long term recovery. The program is carried out in collaboration with the Cabintan Farmers' Association (CALCOA) and different entities working in the area, including local government units, The Visayas State University, and Energy Development Corporation.

The program, based on a holistic approach, aims to enhance the farmers’ capacity from production to marketing, thus improving the economy of the farming community and creating significant agri-business opportunities for generations to come.

The main achievements since the beginning of 2016 have been life altering for the farmers and the community as a whole. Over 30 association farmers are receiving continuous hands on support and training in the field including: land preparation, crop planning, plant nursery, irrigation, plant protection, crop management, and post-harvest. We have also created a system where the farmers are keeping track of their harvest and income. IsraAID specialists are accompanying them through this process but the ultimate goal is for them to be able to take full responsibility of both these tasks by the end of the year. In collaboration with the farmers IsraAID has continued to create a structure of the profit distribution in an efficient way, so that part of the profit finances current expenses while the rest is saved for future needs. We have also helped a group of most knowledgeable farmers to attend an in depth 'accounting for non-accounts' training program which provides them with further expertise to keep track of their business.

As the success of this program continues to grow IsraAID intends to further develop its agricultural learning center inside the already existing production site. Already the Regional Vegetable Industry Value Chain Stakeholders Consultation Forum (RVIVCSCF) held a session for traders to observe the production site. Following feedback from the traders abouttheir requirements and market demands, connections were made between the CALCOA and the RVIVCSCF. The significance of this long-term bond will help to ensure increasing profitability for framers.

In order to ensure the sustainability of the program, IsraAID aims to offer prolonged training and supervision, for the farmers spanning three years, which will enable the CALCOA to move from traditional practices to modern agricultural practices.

We are at the most crucial stage of our program, as the farmers have only just begun to witness the advantages of the newly introduced practices. With continued support and oversight IsraAID will be able to complete the gradual process of knowledge transfer, community empowerment and long term development that will allow the community to invest in their future.

PSS Activity with Children
PSS Activity with Children
PSS With Children
PSS With Children
Fields of Agriculture Project
Fields of Agriculture Project

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.

IsraAID Philippines - Fall 2014 Report

Over the past year, IsraAID has engaged in numerous activities to assist Leyte residents in their recovery from Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). These have included medical services, relief distributions, food distributions, livelihood programs in Agriculture and Fishery, as well as the flagship Mental Health and Psycho-Social Services (MHPSS) training program for governmental and non-governmental institutions. During the Fall of 2014, a big emphasis was placed on the MHPSS efforts. For more information on the agriculture project, please visit our dedicated page to that effect on Global Giving -

For more details and pictures, please see the attached report.


Mental Health and Psycho-Social Services

Second Phase Launched!

On June 30th IsraAID started its second phase of Psycho-Social support training program in Ormoc City. The program, provides training about a different aspect related to the family each month. The month of October focused on Children and their trauma, the month of November focused on Family Dynamics in Crisis Situation and lastly the month of December focused on Gender Based Violence. The training is being conducted to four main groups, each group is been trained for two days. The program is a one year long program that will address different topics regarding family consulting each month.

Follow-up Meetings with First Stage Trainees!

Mental Health Psycho-Social Support IsraAID continues its monitoring on the first stage of training (Mental Health Psycho-Social Support), hence on the Month of December Dr.Tammy Bar On, the professional advisor of the Psycho-Social Support Program of IsraAID in the Philippines had conducted a follow up meeting to the participants of the first stage training.

One Year anniversary to Super Typhoon Yolanda!

On November 8th 2014, the city of Ormoc commemorated one year anniversary to Super Typhoon Yolanda. As part of the commemoration efforts IsraAID expressive art therapist and two local trainers (that had been trained by IsraAID) had conducted one day session about coping mechanisms to two groups of women who are victims to domestic violence.

Activity in the Boys Holding (shelter for boys)!

On October 23rd IsraAID Philippines program coordinator Ma'am Mae Aster conducts Psycho-Social support activity to the boys who are the residents of the only shelter for boys in Ormoc City. The aim of the activity was to encourage physical activity and creative imagination of the kids, since the area was not conducive for expressive art therapy.


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beer sheva, Israel
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