Study Visit for Relief Activity for Typhoon Yolanda-Affected People with Disabilities in the Philippines
2014-04-02 International Cooperation
Super Typhoon Yolanda hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013 and death toll has climbed nearly 8,000. To help people with disabilities in the affected area, DPI-Japan started to collect donation as well as collect information in collaboration with the Manila Independent Living Center for persons with disabilities, Life Haven Inc.
To find a counterpart organization at site and recipients of assistive devices, DPI-Japan, between February 2 and 8, 2014, conducted a study visit in collaboration with Yumekaze Fund, which has contributed for relief activities for disaster-affected persons with disabilities. Study team including wheelchair users visited Tacloban city, Leyte which was damaged severely. As a result of the study, we decided to provide persons with disabilities in the city for assistive devices (15 wheelchairs and 8 pairs of crutches etc.) through TAPDICO (Tacloban Persons with Disability Cooperative), the community based self help group of persons with disabilities.
Just a part of the disaster-affected persons with disabilities in the city will be provided this time. They are living in very difficult condition without any medical care, even with no safe drinking water. DPI-Japan continuously raise fund and support people with disabilities in the Philippines.
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Photo 1 Mr. Abner, President of Manila Independent Living Center
Photo 2 Devastated coast area in Tacloban
Photo 3 Meeting with Self Help Group
Photo 4 City Hall Visit
Photo 5 Many children with Disabilities have no support
Photo 6 Blind couple in the shelter