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Psychosocial Intervention Needed by the Survivors of Typhoon Yolanda

The havoc brought by super Typhoon Yolanda (International name Haiyan) last 8th of November 2013 has caused major devastation to hundreds of thousands of Filipinos. Around 10,000 individuals are feared to be dead, including children and elderly, while there are still thousands missing. Many have lost their homes, livelihood and most especially their loved-ones.

The provinces of Samar and Leyte in the Visayas and Mindoro Oriental in Southern Luzon were heavily affected. The storm surge in Eastern Samar and Eastern part of Leyte submerged communities including the highly urbanized city of Tacloban. Yolanda instantly destroyed houses, schools and other major infrastructures.

Typhoon Yolanda has left but the long-term effects will stay with the affected families. Survivors are desperately in need of our support, from basic necessities like food, potable water, clothes and medicine, to helping them cope with trauma and negative impact of the disaster in their lives.

Though local and international aids are gradually getting to the typhoon-ravaged areas, the need to process the calamity survivors’ emotional distress should also be given priority. Many of typhoon Yolanda survivors are still in a state of shock as they continue to feel uncertainty about their lives and longing to find their missing loved ones. The Task Force Children of the Storm (TFCOS) express its concern on the effects of this traumatic experience to the children, their families and the rest of the communities hit hard by the recent destructive and deadly typhoon that devastated the Philippine Visayan region.

Thus, the Task Force Children of the Storm (TFCOS) is planning to conduct an outreach activity to help typhoon Yolanda survivors this coming months of November and December. The said activity aims to provide psychosocial and stress debriefing services to the victims of the typhoon Yolanda. This endeavor will be materialized and successfully push through with support of different groups and individuals. In this regard, TFCOS is asking your help to make this activity possible. As time is in the essence for the victims-survivors of typhoon Yolanda, we are counting on your big hearts to support us in the form of cash donations. Your donations will be used to pay for the travel expenses of the psychosocial team who will go to the different communities to give the affected families the proper psychosocial processing in order for them to cope with the crisis they have been experiencing.

We also count on your tireless volunteerism to help us gather, package and deliver the relief goods. TFCOS also needs volunteers for health missions and psycho social first aid acitivities.

Please bring your in kind donations at Children’s Rehabilitation Center (CRC) Office located at #90J Bugallon St., Brgy. Bagumbuhay, Project 4, Quezon City and look for Sarah Espineda or Gemma Palay.

For cash donations, you can deposit directly to our bank account:

 

PESO ACCOUNT:

Bank Name: Bank of the Philippine Islands -Kamias/Anonas Branch, Quezon City

Account name: Children’s Rehabilitation Center

Account Number: 3323-2050-85

 

DOLLAR ACCOUNT

Bank Name: Bank of the Philippine Islands -Kamias/Anonas Branch, Quezon City

Account name: Children’s Rehabilitation Center

Account Number: 3324-0233-71

SWIFT CODE: BOPIPHMM

 

For inquiries please call (632) 913-9244 or (632) 439-1053 and look for Sarah Espineda or Jacq Ruiz.

 

Thank you very much and your help will go a long way.