Life After The Mindanao Earthquake: Wheels of Hope

“Mother, why are we different from other kids?” asks 6-year old John Rey to his mother, Janisa. John Rey and his two older brothers Christian and Gary Jr., have not been able to walk and run like other children because of a bone condition that started when each of them turned six years old.

Janisa looks at John Rey and finds it difficult to answer his question. Even the doctors that they consulted could not determine the reason why her sons’ bones in their lower bodies were shrinking.  All the doctors could recommend was to conduct more medical examinations to determine the cause of the boys’ conditions and how to treat it.

The eldest, Gary Jr. who is now 13 years old, has trouble sitting down and usually spends days lying on the sleeping mat. The father, Gary Sr., earns just enough to get by their daily needs as an on-call carpenter. Janisa stays at home and takes care of the children. As much as they want to have their sons treated, they have limited financial capabilities to do so.

To make matters worse, their community in Balabag, Kidapawan was affected by the series of earthquakes that struck Mindanao during the last quarter of 2019. The disaster affected more than 300,000 people, almost half of them displaced, including Gary Sr. and Janisa’s family.

Despite their struggles, the Lopez family continues to move forward especially after our Earthquake Response Protection Team, together with the Integrated Provincial Health Office – IPHO and the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), referred and assisted the Lopez brothers to Kidapawan City Public Hospital and other private hospitals in the area for more extensive check-ups and medical examinations. John Rey, Christian, and Gary Jr. each received wheelchairs courtesy of the IPHO, and the CSWD provided financial assistance for their family. Action Against Hunger continues to monitor the condition of the three children.

Prior to the referral, the Lopezes also received humanitarian support forms of multi-purpose cash transfer, hygiene and shelter kits. Inside their evacuation tent, Janisa watches her two youngest sons play, the eldest brother lies in his back beside them. The boys may not be able to use their legs like other children, but Janisa is hopeful that at least her sons will now be able to walk and run in their own special way with the help of their new wheelchairs.

 

Life-saving Humanitarian Assistance to People Affected by the Mindanao Earthquake is funded by the European Union, and implemented by Action Against Hunger Philippines, CARE Philippines, and ACCORD Incorporated.


Written by Joayra Gem Balagtas

Psychosocial Support, Gender Based Violence and Protection Training in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur.

A rise in cases of psychological distress and gender-based violence is one of the unfortunate impacts of humanitarian emergencies. This is why we are committed in building the capacities of our partners in the areas where we work.

One way of doing this is by training barangay health workers, community volunteers, camp managers and other frontliners on ”𝗣𝘀𝘆𝗰𝗵𝗼𝘀𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁, 𝗚𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗕𝗮𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗩𝗶𝗼𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝘁𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻,’ which was recently rolled out last September 3 and 4 in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur.

Funded by the 𝗦𝘄𝗲𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗵 𝗜𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗗𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹𝗼𝗽𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗖𝗼𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗔𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗰𝘆 (𝗦𝗜𝗗𝗔), the training was implemented under our 𝗺𝘂𝗹𝘁𝗶-𝘀𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗳𝗹𝗶𝗰𝘁-𝗮𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗽𝗼𝗽𝘂𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 𝗕𝗔𝗥𝗠𝗠.

By empowering our partners, these #RealLifeHeroes will continue to serve using their knowledge and experiences, even when we are no longer present in their communities.

To find out how you can help, visit our website:
https://actionagainsthunger.ph/call-for-donations/

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Ensuring the Health and Safety of the Communities We Work with Through Nutrition-sensitization Trainings

Prior to the pandemic, the Philippines was already one of the top 10 countries worldwide with the highest number of stunted children. This is alarming since the risk of mortality among undernourished children, increases 15-fold if they develop pneumonia.

Because of this, we rolled out nutrition-sensitization trainings for our local government partners and health volunteers who are our allies in ensuring the health and safety of the communities we work with.

Learn more about our programs on nutrition & health: https://actionagainsthunger.ph/what-we-do/#nutrition-and-health

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Life After The Mindanao Earthquake: Struggle of a 71 Year Old Farmer

Written by Joayra Gem Balagtas for Action Against Hunger

 

Merlyn Igaan, 71 year-old, has had a rough year that most of us can only imagine.

Her community in Sitio Embassi, Barangay Perez in Kidapawan City was badly affected by the #MindanaoEarthquake. Ever since the disaster she and her family have been living in an evacuation site. Recently, they had to transfer to another site and build their tent anew because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Earning for a living as a senior citizen is becoming so difficult, especially since the earthquake. Aside from my old age, I am afraid to go back to the farm. I fear that an earthquake might occur again while I’m there,” she said.

To help her through these challenging times, we provided Merlyn with ₱4,560 cash assistance. Accompanied by her daughter, she received the money from our partner money transfer company on August 25 and immediately used it to buy medicine and food from the nearby market.

This is part of our food security and livelihood activities funded by EU Civil Protection & Humanitarian Aid – ECHO for people affected by the Mindanao Earthquake. 𝗔 𝘁𝗼𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗼𝗳 𝟭,𝟮𝟬𝟬 𝗳𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗲𝘀 from the provinces of 𝗗𝗮𝘃𝗮𝗼 𝗗𝗲𝗹 𝗦𝘂𝗿 and 𝗡𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗵 𝗖𝗼𝘁𝗮𝗯𝗮𝘁𝗼 have been given cash assistance since December 26, 2016.

𝗙𝗶𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽 𝗯𝘆 𝘃𝗶𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘄𝗲𝗯𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗲:
https://actionagainsthunger.ph

3-prong Approach for Consistent Proper Hygiene and Sanitation Practices in the Fight Against COVID-19

Proper hygiene and sanitation practices is vital in the fight against COVID-19. The key is for people to be consistent. Action Against Hunger follow a 3-prong approach to achieve this end:

SUPPLY: we distribute to families Hygiene Kits that include soap, jerrycans and other essential hygiene products. Touch-Free Handwashing Stations are installed in various public areas like evacuation centers, schools and markets. If a community does not have a consistent water supply, we put up water tanks and make sure that this is replenished regularly through water-trucking.

EDUCATE: we talk and discuss with community the importance of proper hygiene and sanitation.

REINFORCE: we resupply the community with cleaning materials to make sure that their sanitation facilities and water source are properly maintained and cleaned. We train volunteers from the community to be Hygiene Promoters and conduct house-to-house hygiene promotion.

These activities are part of our COVID-19 Emergency WASH Response Project funded by USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance and in partnership with CarePhilippines and Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP). Intervention areas are Lanao Del Sur, Lanao Del Norte and North Cotabato.

To find out how you can help us, visit our website:

https://actionagainsthunger.ph/call-for-donations/

(Photos by Muslimin Rias & Franz Hilario for Action Against Hunger)

Clean Water and Healthy Hygiene are Crucial as Ever For Poor Families Around the World due to COVID-19

COVID-19 is a stark reminder of the challenges that poor families face around the world, especially now that clean water and healthy hygiene are crucial as ever. Since the start of the pandemic, we have reached 𝟯𝟮𝟳,𝟭𝟲𝟵 𝗙𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗼𝘀 through our programs on water, sanitation,& hygiene.
 
This #InternationalDayofCharity, help us give more families access to clean water and hygiene materials by donating. 💙
 
Go to: https://actionagainsthunger.ph/call-for-donations/

Discussing our Advocacy on Precautionary Measures Related to COVID-19 on Bandera News

Last August 15, the Department of Education Region XII invited our Cotabato team to mainstream our advocacy on water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) as part of preventive and precautionary measures related to COVID-19 during a live broadcast at DepEd Ngayon Program via Bandera News TV-Cotabato/ Radyo Bandera Cotabato.

Representing Action Against Hunger were Cotabato Field Office Head, Ms. Delilah Chua, and Head of Project for Earthquake Emergency Response, Ms. Esther Magdayo. This live radio broadcast is in line with DepEd’s commitment to ensure educational continuity amidst COVID-19 pandemic.

(Photos by J. Balagtas for Action Against Hunger)
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Mainstream of Advocacy in Preventive and Precautionary Measures Related to COVID-19

Last August 15, the Department of Education Region XII invited our Cotabato team to mainstream our advocacy on water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) as part of preventive and precautionary measures related to COVID-19 during a live broadcast at DepEd Ngayon Program via Bandera News TV-Cotabato/ Radyo Bandera Cotabato.
 
Representing Action Against Hunger were Cotabato Field Office Head, Ms. Delilah Chua, and Head of Project for Earthquake Emergency Response, Ms. Esther Magdayo. This live radio broadcast is in line with DepEd’s commitment to ensure educational continuity amidst COVID-19 pandemic. #TogetherAgainstCOVID19 #TogetherAgainstHunger
 
(Photos by J. Balagtas for Action Against Hunger)
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Recognizing #RealLifeHeroes in Celebration of World Humanitarian Day 2020

“Where heroes are made not by magical abilities or costumes, but by being human. Stepping up to help time after time, after time, with grit and compassion, without superpowers at all. Because they’re not the heroes of some fictional world. They’re the real-life heroes of ours.”

𝗧𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗸 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗼 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗵𝘂𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸𝗲𝗿𝘀, 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗼𝘂𝗿 #𝗥𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗟𝗶𝗳𝗲𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗼𝗲𝘀.

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Celebrating and Honoring all Humanitarian Workers on World Humanitarian Day

Today, on 𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱 𝗛𝘂𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗗𝗮𝘆, we celebrate & honor all humanitarian workers who provide life-saving assistance to the most vulnerable and at-risk communities, despite the odds.

This year we also pay a special tribute to frontliners because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we commemorate humanitarian workers killed and injured in the course of their work. They are #RealLifeHeroes.