Leah Pacle, 46, is an officer of the Tarangnan Organization of Persons with Disabilities. Photo: Daryl Zamora / Handicap International

Spared and prepared

While Leyte and Eastern Samar bore the brunt of typhoon Haiyan late last year, the island village of Tigdaranao in Tarangnan (Western Samar) endured a fury less intense than expected. While more than 6,000 people perished elsewhere, everyone was safe in the small island community. That’s why Leah Pacle’s gratitude rise up to the heavens.…

Representatives of the member organizations of the Age and Disability Task Force commit themselves to advancing the rights of older people and people with disabilities. Photo courtesy of ADTF

Handicap International, other INGOs launch Aging and Disability Task Force

Four international non-governmental organizations, including Handicap International, have launched the Aging and Disability Task Force (ADTF) in Manila, May 29. Other members of the consortium are the Leonard Cheshire Disability Philippines Foundation, Inc., CBM, and HelpAge/Coalition of Services of the Elderly (HelpAge/COSE). According to its leaders, the ADTF will work to ensure that the rights…

A workshop participant explains her group's output, which enumerates their proposed tool revisions. Photo: Eva Baldoza / Handicap International

New partners of CVD Project adapt tools to local context

City and Municipal Health Officers and other representatives of the Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Project’s new partners convened in a tools development workshop on April 7-11. The event was held at D’Leonor Inland Resort and Adventure Park in Buhangin, Davao City. The workshop aimed to collect inputs in order to adapt the project’s tools and information…

Mila mingles with her friends at the municipal hall of Arakan, North Cotabato. Photo: Daryl Zamora / Handicap International

Mila’s mission

One’s first visit to the idyllic municipality of Arakan can give the person an inkling that perhaps the small, mountainous town is the dead end of North Cotabato: a few more meters from the town’s poblacion, and you’ll end up in some virgin forest teeming with strange animals. But if you ask 42-year-old Mila Barreto,…

Jessebel Sahagun's eight-year-old son sometimes help her cut the hotdogs, ready for sale. Photo: Daryl Zamora / Handicap International

Jessebel’s rags-to-street-food tale

The merciless afternoon sun scorches the awning that protects Jessebel Sahagun’s street-food cart. She has parked the cart outside her friend’s house in Baras, Rizal, 50 km east of Manila. “In the morning, I wake up at 3 am to prepare the fishballs and hotdogs, as well as the dipping sauce,” the 39-year-old mother of…

Jessica Cox visits HI teams in Tacloban City. Photo by Molly Feltner / Handicap International

Jessica Cox visits HI teams in Tacloban City

Filipino-American Jessica Cox, the first armless person to fly a plane, has visited Handicap International’s teams in Tacloban City, February 26. Handicap International has been providing shelter kits, water pumps, livelihoods, and mobility aids to people with disabilities in Tacloban City and other disaster zones since November.