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Rebuilding Lives After Yolanda sums up the common thread running through all the child protection initiatives carried out by Terre des Hommes Netherlands (TdH NL) under the Yolanda Emergency Response Project focusing on the devastated Western Samar towns of Marabut and Basey from mid Nov. 2013 until March 31, 2013.
Children remain the most vulnerable sector in times of disasters and emergencies, especially in the case of Super Typhoon Yolanda (international: name Haiyan). Globally, 4 out of 10 disaster victims are children.
The plight of Yolanda’s Children is no exception and calls for immediate action from government, aid agencies, local and international NGOs.
Every child has the right to study and learn inside a safe classroom and school - even in times of disasters.
Thus, Tdh NL rolled out its Education in Emergencies or School Recovery Program by cleaning and clearing huge pile of debris inside school campuses; setting up 32 school tents to serve as temporary classrooms for school children and teachers in 17 public elementary and high school located in Marabut and Basey; distributing learners, teachers and school kits; holding stress debriefing sessions for teachers and students; and repairing damaged roofs of 23 classrooms in 3 public high schools in Marabut and Basey.
Every child deserves to live in a safe house – more so after a powerful storm surge completely washed away and destroyed thousands of houses in Marabut and Basey, creating a mass of homeless families.
Thus, Tdh NL carried out its Temporary Shelter Program, building and repairing more than 500 houses in 7 barangays at Marabut, particularly for households with more children dependents.
This presentation is the story of how Tdh NL helped devastated schools and communities to help themselves rise from the ruins of Yolanda.