Community and Family Services International (CFSI) is a humanitarian organization committed to peace and social development, with a particular interest in the psychosocial dimension. The purpose of CFSI is rebuilding lives. Based in the Philippines, CFSI works internationally, primarily but not exclusively in the Asia and Pacific Region.
Community and Family Services International (CFSI) led the handover of the Marawi Schools Support Project (MSSP) at the Rorogagus Elementary School, Sugod Elementary School, and Abdulazis Elementary School. The MSSP is funded by Manulife Data Services, Inc. and implemented by CFSI to restore a conducive learning environment and promote access to basic education for twelve (12) of the re-opened schools in Marawi City, which cover at least 2,840 school-aged children and 83 teachers displaced by the Marawi Crisis that began in May 2017.
This report presents primary data collected during the month of October 2017 and is further enriched by available secondary data on the humanitarian situation in affected areas of Mindanao in southern Philippines following the conflict in Marawi City.
21 November 2017, Zamboanga City — Community and Family Services International (CFSI) Sub-office Zamboanga Head of Office Norhassim Sinarimbo, together with Zamboanga City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Dr. Elmeir Apolinario, and Zamboanga City Department of Interior and Local Government Director Moh. Taha Arakama led the opening program of the 4-day Training on Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction and Management for four Host Communities under the Support to Host Communities of the Zamboanga Recovery Project (ZRP). Ms.
The return to their former livelihoods has always been one of the major milestones aspired by the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of the Zamboanga siege. For 21 IDP seaweed farmers, this aspiration became reality, as they were able to resume their seaweed planting activities thus taking a great leap towards the rebuilding of their lives.