Surviving the Storm and Preparing for the Future
April 12, 2021
When Typhoon Vamco, named strongest typhoon of 2020, affected Northern Luzon, many from the municipalities of Amulung and Gattaran in Cagayan lost their homes and livelihood due to widespread flooding. Families and local governments of Cagayan and other nearby provinces are still trying to get back on their feet even months after the disaster.
Even before the disaster, ACCORD already is present in the area because of the “Improved Adaptation Capacities ....
Women leadership in managing the pandemic
January 28, 2021
Women leaders all over the world are being acknowledged for effectively addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, a global crisis being faced in almost every corner of the globe. Female head of states like New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern and Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen were among those admirable women leaders who have led their nation in successfully winning the battle against the pandemic. Zooming in to small packets of communities, there are also women who ....
Story of a tsunami survivor: “Even those who didn’t have disabilities have not survived, my daughter has certainly died”
July 18, 2019
“I was sitting near the beach taking selfies when a strong earthquake suddenly occurred. I kneeled down and saw a black and giant wave coming to the shore,” recounted Kusmiran, while spreading her hands to describe how huge the wave was. Kusmiran is a survivor of the disaster that devastated a major part of the Central Sulawesi Province in Indonesia on September 28th 2018. More than 2, 000 people died that Friday evening, following a series of ....
We can save more lives: a story from a Sunda Strait Tsunami survivor
January 28, 2019
It was late afternoon in Way Muli Village, Lampung Selatan District. With a friendly smile on his face, Jumani handed a stack of assessment forms that have been filled from his interview with several persons with disabilities in the community that day.
Jumani is part of the team of around 10 persons with disabilities who have been recently trained by Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB) to conduct an assessment of the impact of the tsunami in Sunda Strait ....
Consult and never assume: Learning from the experience of persons with disabilities in disaster situation
December 03, 2018
“In the event of an emergency, where is the first place you would go, if there was a need for you to leave your home or property for an amount of time?”. Litia Naitanui, held her breath for a while when she was asked by that question. She recalled the situation when her house was flooded a few years back. It was not a pleasant thing to remember, as her house was surrounded by water and she could not go anywhere. At that time, she had to go without ....
Empowerment and Rights First, Livelihoods Second; Good Practice Strategies for supporting Inclusion and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities in the Philippines
October 26, 2017
As we walk into the small grocery store in San Miguel, Leyte, Philippines, we duck as strips of plastic packets filled with shampoo and other items hanging from the ceiling brush our heads. A group of people in blue shirts excitedly greet us. They are members of the Pagasa (meaning hope) Cooperative that has newly formed with the support of the Foundation for These Abled (FTI) people, a Philippine organisation working for a supportive and inclusive environment ....
The wheelchair is not a limitation for standing with humanity
October 06, 2017
Supriyadi was still
wearing his Red Cross uniform when strong earthquakes struck his house in
Klaten, Indonesia, on May 27, 2006. After assisting with the evacuation process
of Mount Merapi during the days it was imminent to erupt, Supriyadi had just
arrived home as the earth quake occurred. The earthquake caused Supriyadi and
his wife to loose their second child, who was only one year old, and left
Supriyadi in a paralysed condition due to a fatal spinal ....
Towards Inclusive Community via Disaster Risk Reduction
February 20, 2017
“It’s a big
opportunity for me. Rarely there were any project focusing on persons with
disability”, said Jay Catalogo, a person with disability from Lawaan
Municipality in the Philippines. It was his expression when he learnt about Philippines
Community Resilience Program implemented by Center for Disaster Preparedness
(CDP) in partnership with Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB). With support from
Aktion Deutschland Hilft (ADH), the program ....
Rising Higher After Haiyan
July 15, 2016
Lawaan is a
coastal fifth class municipality in Eastern Samar. As part of Lawaan Municipality, Guinob-an Barangay
(village), with a population of 1.123 individuals, is one of the villages
hardest hit by the Typhoon Haiyan on November 8, 2013. Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund
(ASB) Indonesia & Philippines through partnership with Center for Disaster
Preparedness (CDP) is currently implementing Community Resilience Program in the
barangay. Through the ....
Women Contributing to Reducing Disaster Risk
May 09, 2016
While implementing our community-based disaster risk
reduction (DRR) project in the Mentawai, Indonesia, Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund
(ASB) met Ms. Rosvita. She was selected to be part of a master trainer team
whose responsibility was disseminating DRR information to community members at the
village level. DRR knowledge is certainly required by community in the Mentawai
since they are living in an earthquake and tsunami prone area. When performing
her duty as a ....
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