After giving encouragement to victims of typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban City and Eastern Samar, renowned armless pilot Jessica Cox met with people with disabilities in Baras, Rizal.
Teams composed of people with and without disabilities battled to grab the championship in this year’s Access 2020 Race to Success Adventure Race Year 2.
John, a fifteen year old boy who was born with cerebral palsy, used to live with his parents in a house close to the beach in Tacloban. But the wind, and above all the water that came with Typhoon Haiyan, destroyed everything.
Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines on 8th November 2013, is the strongest ever recorded. It has affected 14.1 million people. Over 6,000 deaths have been recorded and 1,779 people are still reported missing. A logistics platform has been set up by Handicap International in Tacloban, one of the worst affected towns.
Less than two weeks after typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, Handicap International has deployed an emergency response team of around fifteen expatriates, sent out to reinforce the teams already working in the country.
The REBUILD Project has published a study on the household situation of the vulnerable populations in Baras, Rizal. Read/download the study now.
Handicap International is today (November 11) sending a team of emergency specialists to the Philippines in response to the disaster now gripping the country. They will complement the work already being done by the organisation’s teams in the field.
While natural disasters affect a large number of individuals, PWD tend to be more affected than others during such situations and often face bigger challenges in order to cope with the situation and survive. Due to their specific situations, they risk being excluded and invisible during response activities, and they often face additional barriers in accessing support and relief efforts.