LIBON, Albay, Jan. 11 (PNA) -- Around 600 elementary school pupils in the coastal and upland villages in the towns of Libon and Oas and Ligao City received school supplies, bath and dental kits from Team Albay Youth Organization (TAYO) which is conducting a series of barangay outreach activities as part of its post-typhoon "Nina" humanitarian services.
TAYO is a community-based organization working on disaster risk reduction, health and education advocacy in the province of Albay.
Alfred Nimo, president of TAYO, said the community outreach activity is extending school supplies to the students who were mostly affected by the recent typhoon.
He said the most common concern among children in the upland and coastal areas are educational, bathroom and dental supplies.
“This project is part of our psychosocial intervention for children who are considered a vulnerable group during calamities,” Nimo said.
The upland and coastal villages in the municipalities of Libon, Oas, Polangui and Ligao City were among the areas most devastated by typhoon Nina last December 25, 2016.
Nimo said the organization is targeting some 150 more barangays in the four areas during the next three weeks.
“We will reach them and distribute educational supplies, dental and bathroom kits to the children,” he said.
He said TAYO volunteers from different schools and municipalities will also be conducting an orientation on proper hygiene, health and nutrition of children.
Nimo urged parents in these areas to establish “front and backyard vegetable gardens to counter nutrition deficiency among the children.”
In a random interview conducted among children in visited villages in Rawis and Apud of Libon town, Bogtong in Oas and Catborawan in Ligao City, school pupils said their main problem are school supplies.
“Bihira po kami makatangap ng tulong galing sa grupo ng mga youth,” (we seldom receive help from youth groups) a grade 6 pupil said.
Nimo assured that they will continue to provide educational supplies to different barangays in Albay, especially those in far flung areas, such as those in the island town of Rapu-rapu. (PNA) LAP/GVR/MDR/CBD