World Vision continues its efforts for people displaced by Marawi crisis
Recognizing the mounting challenges of families displaced by the Marawi armed conflict, World Vision focuses its humanitarian efforts on education in emergencies, food security and livelihood, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and nutrition.
“Although we’ve done psychosocial support for children through our child-friendly spaces during the first two months, assessment results show that there is still a need for such intervention. We are also setting up women and young children space sin the next days, ” shares Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs Director Ajab-Aram Macapagat.
In the recent assessments conducted with community partners on the ground last August 7, the team interviewed about 120 people including displaced people from Marawi, local host communities, religious and traditional leaders, local businesses and local governments, representatives from Iligan City, Lanao del Norte and Cagayan de Oro City. Results revealed alarming need for sanitation and hygiene interventions, psychosocial support, educations, livelihood and nutrition especially for children below 5 years old.
World Vision will integrate peace-building in its programming to promote cooperation and unity among the people affected by the ongoing crisis. Depending on market accessibility and the presence of financial service providers, conditional cash transfer will also be integrated.
Following the assessment, World Vision also conducted a consultation workshop with identified representatives from civil society organizations in Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte.
“No child is supposed to suffer what the children of Marawi are experiencing now. As World Vision continues its work on the ground, I ask for your prayers and continuous support to the emergency response. There is so much more that we can do together,” shares National Director Rommel Fuerte. The armed conflict has displaced 360,000 people, at least 50,000 of which are children. World Vision targets to assist at least 3,000 families, following its relief phase that catered to 2,000 families.World Vision/September 26, 2017