Roxas City - Highlighting work on children in emergencies, World Vision is one of the exhibitors in a week-long photo exhibit Lights and Images: 100 Days after Yolanda. It showcases photos taken after typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) in the province of Capiz. February marks the 3rd month of Typhoon Haiyan relief respons, an important period for the emergency response now moving towards recovery and rehabilitation.
According to Minnie Portales, World Vision Haiyan Response Liaison Manager, "The exhibit is a great opportunity for World Vision to engage the public and share the fruits of our work together with disaster-affected communities, the government and aid agencies."
World Vision’s relief response covered the 24 municipalities in the provinces of Iloilo, Aklan, Antique and Capiz reaching-out to over 51,100 families were assisted with emergency essentials.
World Vision’s relief packs included food, water, hygiene and shelter kits. Psychosocial support for children, lactating women and pregnant mothers were provided through 23 child-friendly-spaces (CFS) and three women and young children’s spaces (WAYCS). Support was also extended to vulnerable groups like the elderly and disabled. Portales lauded the role of media in promoting awareness among the people.
"Together with the government and non-profit groups, the media also has a responsibility of creating awareness and driving public support to various relief and recovery efforts," she adds.
Using photography as a possible tool for social change and healing, the exhibit shows the immensity of Haiyan's destruction and World Vision's response. Top World Vision photographers across the globe have captured the Filipinos indomitable spirit along with images of hope and resilience in the face of devastation and despair.
Going beyond commemoration, it also aims to draw inspiration and gather more support in rebuilding more resilient communities by rekindling the sense of nation-building and volunteerism.
Though not as badly hit as Tacloban in Leyte, the impact in the coastal and farming communities is enormous.
Zonal Manager Ligaya Muñez says, “Around 2000 families will receive shelter assistance in these areas. Aside from construction tools and shelter materials, families will also benefit from livelihood skills training focused on farming and fishing.”
World Vision in the Philippines started in Capiz province where a community-based development approach was first implemented in the early 80's. To date, it has over 40,000 sponsored children affected by Haiyan.
The exhibit is sponsored by the United Nations Development Program in partnership with the tourism and cultural arm of the Capiz provincial government and the Roxas City press corps and coincides with the opening of Robinson’s Mall in Roxas City.