World Vision’s ongoing recovery efforts enable households to rebuild, ensuring safe and protected living conditions, re-establish livelihoods, assure food security, restore community infrastructure, and importantly empower children through health and nutrition, education and protection programmes.
During the recovery phase, World Vision is helping 14,000 households through an integrated, multi-sector approach to support household-level need in Shelter, WASH, Livelihoods, community level needs in Education, WASH and other infrastructure. For the emergency phase, World Vision was able to respond to the needs of more than 713,000 people while in the ongoing recovery phase, over 24,700 people have been assisted.
World Vision is working closely with local government units and communities in the repair and rebuilding of safe houses for 14,000 typhoon-affected families. These families are provided with tools and building materials, as well as technical assistance through the Build-Back-Better workshops where they learn carpentry, masonry and roofing skills to assist them in rebuilding their own homes, as well as techniques on building more disaster-resilient houses.
The workshops are open to all people in the target communities, even non-beneficiaries. A total of 9,730 people have attended the workshops in 60 barangays (villages) across Leyte, Panay and North Cebu provinces. For those unable to undertake reconstruction work themselves, like the elderly or the specially-abled, World Vision assisted them and provide them full packages of shelter support, including materials and the services of trained carpenters, to ensure them safe and secure transitional housing.
World Vision helps families support themselves through a series of livelihood projects, to assist families restore their existing livelihoods, and consider alternative livelihoods where there is demand. We help farmers by providing them with seeds, equipment and skills training to how to grow new crops that can both become sources of income and improve household food security.
Fishing communities are being assisted with the replacement of lost fishing equipment. We are equipping people with skills training to enable them find new job opportunities. A memorandum of agreement with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) was signed for the Skills Training Program (Train to Build-Back-Better) aimed to enhance the capacity workers in carpentry and other livelihood skills. To date, 89 build-back-better workshops with 9,730 individuals and shelter materials and toolkits distribution to 3,369 families or 16,845 beneficiaries are expected to ensure that families are able to repair/reconstruct their shelter using quality materials in preparation for the typhoon season.
To support local economy and boost community projects, 155 Cash for Work (CFW) projects were completed benefitting 6,514 individuals who worked on clearing debris, as well as community and school clean-ups, among other activities.
With children back at school, World Vision assist children and their teachers develop a stable and stimulating learning environment. At damaged schools, we provided temporary classrooms, while at the same time assisting with the reconstruction of school buildings. An agreement was forged with the Department of Education (DepEd) for World Vision to help build the capacity of teachers and parents-teachers associations (PTAs) on disaster risk reduction (DRR), sanitation and hygiene and child protection.
A total of 4,774 learner’s kits were provided for school children while 299 teacher’s kits were distributed to replace learning materials damaged by the disaster. Fifty-nine child-friendly spaces (CFS) were turned-over to local government and school authorities benefitting nearly 22,000 children. To support the need for disaster preparedness in day care centers and schools, 51 volunteers were trained while back-to-school advocacy campaigns were conducted in 51 elementary schools.
WATER, HYGIENE AND SANITATION
World Vision is helping improve community access to safe water sources and appropriate sanitation facilities through the repair of water systems, construction of sanitation facilities, and hygiene promotion in schools and communities in partnership with Local Government Units (LGUs). The repair of water systems ensure families’ access to clean water, and the repair and rehabilitation of household and community sanitation facilities, such as toilets, school washrooms and hand-washing facilities, and community sewerage systems, help to reduce the spread of disease and protect the health of all community members, including children.
Community education programs teach children and their families about the importance of personal hygiene and sanitation. An estimated 53,755 families were assisted with various water, sanitation and hygiene initiatives during the first 6 months. An additional 17,777 hygiene kits were provided to students in 63 elementary schools and day care centers.
World Vision works with children and their families to promote better health, monitor child nutrition and immunization, and rebuild health services. Twenty health centers were assisted with repair and reconstruction, and replacement of damaged medical equipment. To date, three obstetric/maternal care equipment, 22 anthropometric tools/medical supplies and 367 IEC materials were distributed. A total of 179 individuals were trained on Infant and Young Children Feeding (IYCF) and 260 micronutrient supplies were distributed to the rural health units.
World Vision has turned over 14 Women and Young Children’s Spaces (WAYCS) to local government and health authorities and has trained community facilitators to continue the program in their own villages. A total of 1,740 lactating and pregnant women and 2,318 under-5 children benefitted from WAYCS activities that included trainings on disaster preparedness and the value of breastfeeding during emergencies.
DISASTER RISK REDUCTION
World Vision works with local governments to help strengthen their capacity in disaster management, governance and development planning. This is also part of the agreed capacity building initiatives with TESDA and DepEd for teachers, parents and local government officials and staff. It continues to advocate for the most vulnerable citizens to be part of decision making, encourage community risk identification mapping, and strengthen community disaster preparedness planning.