World Vision carries on recovery

Posted: 03/11/2014 in Advocacy, World Vision NEWS

World Vision carries on recovery programs in Bohol to help 700 families

1795479_798877746792708_1703968804_n[1] After providing urgent life-saving aid to 41,360 people in the hardest-hit Municipalities of Sagbayan, Danao, San Isidro, Ubay, Sikatuna, Sevilla and Loboc, Maribojoc and Antequera, World Vision transitions to recovery phase to provide housing materials for 500 households and 200 households for housing repair kits in the municipalities of Maribojoc and Antequera.

World Vision national director Josaias Dela Cruz re-assures that the Boholanos are not forgotten. “Although it seemed like the nationwide emergency response has focused on the Yolanda hit areas for the past months, we would like to assure both the donors and survivors that we’ve never stopped assisting Bohol. We have exceeded our initial target beneficiaries in our emergency response by 18 percent, and we hope to assist the survivors further by reconstructing their shattered houses, making their homes safe once again, especially for children.”

The ongoing response dubbed the Progressive Core Shelter Project is in partnership with the  Local Government Unit of Maribojoc through National Housing Authority and OXFAM.

“Before the housing materials is delivered to the households, World Vision has undergone social preparations with the survivors including the key role players in the community. And to ensure the safety and well-being of children and families especially in the earthquake-affected danger zones, World Vision requires a building permitto ensure that the target beneficiaries follow the mandate of the LGU on not to build their houses in no-build zone areas,” Nicomedes Ninolas, World Vision Response Manager says.

World Vision has been assisting Bohol through various development and child-focused programs for almost 20 years. It hopes to strengthen its current programming with community-based capacity building initiatives promoting disaster risk reduction (DRR) and livelihood support through Community Managed Savings and Credit Association (COMSCA) which would encourage community members to start a savings program that they can use during emergencies.

Dela Cruz also acknowledges the outpouring of generosity from the donor community. “On behalf of the children, families and communities we’ve served, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. World Vision would have not done it without your help. We are calling for your continuous support as we transition to the rehabilitation phase. More work needs to be done.”

On October 2013, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Bohol, leaving 1.3 million people affected; 79, 217 houses damaged or destroyed;  367,760 people displaced. Based on recent UN report, about  367,760 people whose homes were damaged or destroyed are still living in their damaged houses or make-shift tents, while  2,681 people remain in the evacuation centres. To this day, aftershocks still occur. Some families continue to be at risk living near the sinkholes and fault line shelter assistance is urgently needed to help the survivors especially the vulnerable children to be protected from the unsafe conditions. ###

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Families prepare the layout of their house for their soon-to-be newly built house. “Our challenge is really the rain. I hope it will stop so we can continuously construct our house. We can’t wait to experience a good night’s sleep which we haven’t felt for few months now,” 57-year-old Sozima says.

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Finally, the house is almost done. One of the families supported by World Vision’s Shelter Project will soon sleep in a concrete house. Thousands of people are still displaced and most are still living in tents and makeshift houses in open spaces near their damaged homes for more than four months now.

 

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