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.
At least 25 student leaders and school advisers from four schools in Marawi City gathered for the Empowering Children as Peacebuilders (ECAP) training of trainers, led by World Vision in coordination with the Department of Education, Education cluster and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP).
Last year, residents of Marawi in the Philippines faced two major disasters: In May, they were uprooted by a violent siege and seven months later, they faced a deadly typhoon. Oxfam is supporting a consortium of local organizations who are helping families stay healthy and safe in the wake of these crises, rebuild their lives and prepare for future disasters.
Mothers caught in conflict keeping their families safe
MARAWI CITY - Child-focused humanitarian organization World Vision provides temporary learning spaces for children participating in the Kindergarten Catch-up Education Program (KCEP) led by the Department of Education (DEPED) in Sagonsongan Transitory Site.
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End of December 2017, tropical Storm Kai-Tak (Urduja) made landfall over Eastern Samar province, causing major flooding and several casualties.
On December 22, 2017, tropical storm Vinta made landfall in Mindanao region causing great damages to agriculture, infrastructures and basic services and affecting more than 550,000 people. ACTED, in collaboration with Action Against Hunger and the Start Fund, provided prompt emergency assistance in Madalum municipality, one of the most affected of Mindanao region.
Families’ livelihoods jeopardized
World Vision supports the clean-up and rehabilitation of war-torn communities in Marawi City through its cash for work program launched in the third week of January.
In consultation with the community people and in partnership with local partners and the local government, activities like community clean-up, road clearing and community gardening are on-going in the five cleared barangays. In the village of Matampay, 49-year old Mohammad shares that they decided to clean a communal water facility where most families fetch water.
It has been more than 6 months since Marawi conflict erupted and Chay and her family are still living in an evacuation centre. They are from the city centre, known as “ground zero”, where the fighting was most intense and the destructions most severe. The city centre is still a restricted area due to the destructions and the presence of land-mines, and the family doesn’t know when they will be able to return home. They fled the day after hostilities began and eventually arrived in this evacuation centre, a private school located in Baloi, north of Marawi City.
Following the return of families to Marawi City, aid agency World Vision underscores the importance of continuous psychosocial support for children affected by the crisis.
“Healing does not come in a snap especially for the children who have witnessed the fighting in Marawi. A number of them have had psychosocial support while they were still in the evacuation centers but the need is still huge especially as they reintegrate themselves in the city,” said Rommel Fuerte, World Vision’s national director in the Philippines.
Local Caritas staff, partners and volunteers, part of the Caritas international network, continue to respond with emergency assistance, following the devastating impact of Cyclone Tembin in the Philippines.
Cyclone Tembin 17, known locally as Typhoon Vinta, made landfall in Caraga municipality, around 254 km from Davao city, on December 24. It devastated communities in the southern Philippines, causing flash floods and landslides.
New Philippines base in the path of Typhoon Alley has ‘already improved our ability to respond to this season’s storms
Disaster relief agency ShelterBox set up its new operations base in the Philippines in time for tropical storms Kai Tak and Tembin.
Water scarcity is a critical problem on the Philippine island of Kinatarcan. In partnership with the local community Cordaid helps to find durable, low cost solutions for the island’s water problem.
RESILIENCE-BUILDING AFTER SUPER-TYPHOON HAIYAN
Kinatarcan, in the northernmost tip of Cebu province, was one of the most devastated areas after super-typhoon Haiyan swept across the country in 2013. The population has managed to re-establish their lives, but found little support to increase their resilience and reduce risks on the longer term.
President Rodrigo Duterte has plunged the Philippines into its worst human rights crisis since the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos in the 1970s and 1980s. His “war on drugs,” launched after he took office in June 2016, has claimed an estimated 12,000 lives of primarily poor urban dwellers, including children.
Duterte has vowed to continue the abusive anti-drug campaign until his term ends in 2022. Throughout 2017 and the latter part of 2016, he engaged in harassment and intimidation of individuals and agencies tasked with accountability—including United Nations officials.
TROPICAL STORMS DISPLACE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE
In December 2017, Tropical Storms brought devastation to the Philippines triggering devastating mudslides and flooding.
When Storm Kai-tak, known as Urduja in the Philippines, made landfall in early December, it released two months of rainfall within 48 hours. Thousands of families were forced to flee after the storm destroyed over 30,000 homes.
Not out of danger
Two stories of people who had to flee their home town Marawi to escape the conflict. They received cash-based assistance from ACTED and partners in Pantao Ragat.
Facing difficulties, looking ahead to reunion
For many in the Philippines, Christmas celebrations were put on hold as they dealt with the aftermath of Typhoon Kai-tak, which hit the easternmost provinces of the country on December 16, 2017.
The Category 2 storm brought heavy rains and winds gusting up to 110 km/h. At least 47 people were killed and almost 2 million were affected. In Biliran, the worst hit province, the storm affected more than 65 per cent of the population, killing 42 people.
BY THE NUMBERS
People displaced from their homes
Date(s) of Assessment: 28-31 December 2017
Name and Location of Site(s) Assessed:
Lanao del Sur, Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao
Lanao del Norte, Region X
Local Caritas staff, partners and volunteers, part of the Caritas international network, are already responding with emergency assistance and support to those on the ground, following the devastating impact of Cyclone Tembin.
Cyclone Tembin 17, known locally as Typhoon Vinta, made landfall in Caraga municipality, around 254 km from Davao city, on December 24. It has devastated communities in the southern Philippines, with early reports of at least 180 people dead. Caritas Australia is contributing $50,000 AUD to the needs of affected peoples.