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03 Nov 2015 description

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.

04 Aug 2014 description

The CFSI Annual Report for 2013 gives a sketch of CFSI’s accomplishments and ongoing efforts in rebuilding lives in the Philippines, Myanmar, and Viet Nam. Throughout the succession of emergencies in 2013, CFSI carried out relief, early recovery, and reconstruction, as well as capacity strengthening with local partners and policy advocacy at the regional and global levels.

16 May 2014 description

CFSI’s Psychosocial Care Project in the Eastern Visayas region of the Philippines conducted special trainings for 241 caregivers from 12 municipalities hard hit by last November’s devastating Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

The Community-Based Psychosocial Care and Support Training, held from April 22 to May 11, helped to strengthen participants’ knowledge, attitudes and skills in the provision of psychosocial care and support for typhoon survivors within their communities.

16 May 2014 description

By CFSI Director for Philippine Programme
Vladimir Hernandez

South Upi is a mountainous region in Central Mindanao in the Philippines that is home to a tribal group called Tedurays, who are rice and corn farmers. CFSI works with the Tedurays to increase their income by providing them with post-harvest facilities.

15 May 2014 description

Staff from CFSI’s Psychosocial Care Project in Tacloban helped to strengthen and empower families at a “Training on Parent Education on Adolescent Health and Development” seminar held in Dulag in Leyte Province, in the Eastern Visayas region of the Philippines, on April 28, 2014.

15 Apr 2014 description

More than 1,300 children in some of the areas hardest hit by last November’s Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) were able to put aside their worries for a time and smile and laugh at a series of clown shows held in three municipalities from April 8-10.

The shows, organized by CFSI’s Psychosocial Care Project (PCP) team in Tacloban in conjunction with Plan international and Clowns Without Borders, entertained a total of 1,320 children and their parents and guardians in typhoon-affected barangays in Marabut, Basey and Tacloban with comedic stunts and skits.

15 Apr 2014 description

A year of preschool made possible by CFSI’s Basic Education Project has given Mindanao siblings Sokrie and Hanipa Cosain a new outlook on life and their parents new hope for their children’s future.

15 Apr 2014 description

CFSI’s Basic Education Project is giving nine-year-old Saira Adam the opportunity to attend school despite the economic hardships facing her family.

01 Apr 2014 description

Members of CFSI’s Child Rights Project in the Visayas distributed hundreds of toys sent from the US to children in typhoon-hit Guiuan.

A total of 310 toys, collected by the Girl Scouts of Green Oakes in Liberty, Illinois, were shipped to the Philippines and distributed to children attending CFSI Child-Friendly Spaces in Barangays Six, Seven, Barbo, Cogon, Pagnamitan, Sapao, Sulangan and Victory Island on March 3. An additional 38 educational toys were donated to local day care centers.

26 Feb 2014 description

By Fae Cheska Marie Esperas
Visayas Protection Project, CFSI Field Office Guiuan

It has been an ongoing struggle to improve the quality of life for residents in the municipality of Kananga in Western Leyte, which was hit by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in November last year. But for 11-year-old Angelica Fuentes, every day brings with it a new reason to celebrate life and the simplest of joys.

25 Feb 2014 description

Little was left after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck Homonhon Island in Eastern Samar province on November 8 last year. The typhoon, which wreaked havoc throughout the Central Visayas region of the Philippines, destroyed all forms of transportation on the island, leaving local communities stranded and isolated.

12 Feb 2014 description

By Mary Antoniette Amistoso
Visayas Protection Project, CFSI Field Office Guiuan

On the second day of February, together with my CFSI colleagues Venus and Edison, and Tukkie from UNHCR, we left Guiuan around five in the morning bound for Barangay Maybunga – a poor community situated on top of a mountain in the municipality of Balangiga in Eastern Samar that was hard hit by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), which struck the Central Visayas region of the Philippines on November 8.

12 Feb 2014 description

CFSI’s Child Protection and Education Project (CPEP) and new donor the Sarang Bangun Learning Center distributed toys and more than 200 pairs of slippers on February 12, 2014, to displaced children sheltering at Joaquin F. Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex in Zamboanga City.

The children are among the more than than 60,000 people who were displaced in the city following conflict between the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines in September.

At the end of the day, everyone went home with a smile on their face

05 Feb 2014 description

By Mary Antoniette Amistoso Visayas Protection Project, CFSI Field Office Guiuan

The devastating impact of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), which struck the Central Visayas region of the Philippines on November 8, is still being felt by many throughout the region. In the three months since the typhoon hit, we’ve seen countless people literally picking up the broken pieces of their lives; a sometimes gruesome and always heartbreaking sight.

29 Jan 2014 description

In the three months since a magnitude 7.2 earthquake rocked the Central Visayas region of the Philippines on October 15, CFSI has been working in Bohol Province to provide much-needed humanitarian support to children in affected communities.

In partnership with UNICEF, CFSI is implementing the “Child Protection and Education Project” (CPEP), which is aimed at providing a safe and secure environment for children, as well ensuring continuous access to psychosocial activities, preschool and basic education.

24 Jan 2014 description

By Fae Cheska Marie Esperas

More than two months after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck the Philippines, survivors of what some have called the “storm of the century”’ are slowly rebuilding their lives and their homes with help from CFSI.

05 Dec 2013 description

Amid the carnage and debris left behind by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), more than 30 members of CFSI’s Emergency Response Teams (ERTs) are hard at work providing humanitarian relief for devastated communities in Tacloban and Ormoc in Leyte and Guiuan in Eastern Samar.

20 Nov 2013 description

CFSI Emergency Response Teams (ERTs) have established a field presence in Tacloban and Ormoc in Leyte and Guiuan in Eastern Samar.

In The 10 days since Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck the Philippines, CSFI ERTs have assessed needs, provided urgent psychological care to survivors and paved the way for larger-scale relief deliveries.

The general objectives of CFSI's humanitarian response are to save lives, prevent disability and indignityt , and promote early recovery.

03 Oct 2013 description

Adarna is a mythical bird in 18th century Filipino literature whose song is believed to restore health and whose droppings are believed to turn people into stones. Across the Philippine cultural landscape, the Adarna bird is an icon used to represent good health and good fortune.

For the past two weeks, heavily pregnant Adarna, 29, her husband and four children have been huddled among the bleachers at the biggest evacuation center in Zamboanga City, Mindanao, in the southern Philippines – the Joaquin F. Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex.

27 Sep 2013 description

The displacement and exposure to the effects of the armed conflict placed children at high risk of child protection issues. The abrupt disruption to their normal life, witnessing violence, leaving their homes in terror and, in a some reported instances, separation from their families and friends’ impact children’s physical, psychological and social well being. Based on ocular visit and rapid assessment conducted, many of the children experience profound stress living in the congested, unsanitary and crowded evacuation centers.