Pasig City, Philippines — VSO Bahaginan, an international development NGO that fights poverty through volunteering, is currently assisting humanitarian efforts as Filipinos begin to rebuild their homes and livelihoods following the destruction caused by typhoon Haiyan.
VSO Bahaginan is working in partnership with The Asia Foundation and other organisations’ relief and rehabilitation efforts in eight target municipalities around the province of Cebu. Volunteers from the Philippines and International Citizen Service (ICS) youth volunteers from the UK are assisting with the packing and distribution of food and tents.
To date, 1,400 families of persons with disability have received relief aid from VSO Bahaginan. Cash and in-kind support from organisations like Starbucks-Rustan Coffee Corporation, the Association for Aid and Relief-Japan, the Rotary Club of Mactan, and German group ‘Spenden Project’ have generously contributed to the disaster relief effort.
VSO Bahaginan is also offering post trauma psycho-social counselling to support families and children coming to terms with the destruction caused.
In the coming weeks and months, the international development NGOwill move towards the provision of basic medical and social services, shelter rebuilding, and livelihood assistance. VSO Bahaginan has also launched its #GiveABanca project that aims to provide new fishing boats to 330 persons with disability families in target coastal communities.
VSO Bahaginan continues to support its volunteers from the Philippines who were working in another country when the typhoon hit, as well as employees who have been personally affected by the typhoon.
VSO Chief Executive, Marg Mayne, says:
“As the scale of destruction and human suffering caused by Typhoon Haiyan has become tragically clear, VSO is doing everything it can to get help to those in need. We are committed to supporting the long-term recovery and rebuilding of the communities affected by the disaster.
“In the short term, VSO Bahaginan’s strategic resources are being pooled with local government and partner agencies to establish long-term assistance projects through volunteers as the national recovery and rebuilding programme gets under way in the Philippines.”
VSO Bahaginan has launched an appeal on its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/vsobahaginan
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VSO brings people together to fight poverty through the lasting power of volunteering. We work alongside communities worldwide to create positive change. Our programmes are in some of the world’s poorest countries reaching millions of people through improved access to services in education, health, HIV/AIDS, disability, and governance. VSO’s vision is of a world without poverty, but we can only achieve this by working together. To find out more, visit www.vsointernational.org or www.vsobahaginan.org
International Citizen Service (ICS) brings together young people aged 18-25 to make a difference in some of the poorest communities around the world. By 2015 it aims to recruit and train 7,000 UK young people and 7,000 young people from developing countries to work together on 10-12 week placements in one of 26 countries. For more information, visit www.volunteerics.org