Church group continues stress debriefing for Yolanda victims

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It will be a long haul for survivors of typhoon Yolanda as they deal with the trauma that they experienced during the devastation.

MANILA, March 4, 2014— While rebuilding efforts in typhoon Yolanda-hit areas are well underway, fallout from the disaster will remain for many months, if not years to come.

Almost four months after the tragedy, a Church group continues to engage in stress debriefing and trauma diffusing for children more than ever.

The Pondo ng Pinoy Community Foundation (PnPCFI) said the “Pag-asa ng Pilipino Project” seeks to contribute to the rebuilding efforts in typhoon-devastated areas in Visayas.

The project, in partnership with the Visayan bloc of the House of Representatives, hopes to do this by focusing on the emotional and psychological recovery of the victims.

The stress debriefing will also give emphasis on the children who needs to undergo therapies “in order to prevent long-term traumatic effects”.

Four typhoon stricken towns of Dulag, Palo, Tanauan and Tolosa, all in Leyte, will be the pilot areas for the stress debriefing.

Aside from distribution of relief goods, former Ambassador Henrietta De Villa of PnPCFI said that the effort is the second project that they have implemented for the victims.

“This partnership has been successful before and we are confident that many will also benefit with our stress debriefing project,” De Villa said.

The project will have three major programs which include the psychological first aid, debriefing, counseling and coach training; psycho-emotional assessment and creative therapies for affected or traumatized children; and the group or individual stress debriefing, stress management and self-care for the care providers and disaster workers.

The Reintegration for Care and Wholeness (RCW) Foundation will provide the said workshops.

“We believe that the ‘Pag-asa ng Pilipino’ project is a good complement to government efforts because ensuring that the emotional and mental healing of the victims is the first step towards the full recovery of victims,” said Negros Occidental 3rd district Rep. Alfredo Benitez, one of the lead convenors of the Visayan Bloc.

De Villa added that the project also include the repair of a chosen school in each of the four selected towns “so that the education of the children can return to normalcy as soon as possible”.

They also offered livelihood opportunities such as by providing 20 fiberglass motorized fishing boats to families in said towns.

More fishing boats are in the meantime being produced in San Jose, Tacloban and three 16-footer boats are expected to be ready on March 5.

After the pilot areas, the project will also be implemented in other areas of Leyte, Eastern Samar and Coron in Palawan. (CBCPNews)

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