Thursday, November 14, 2013

DLS-CSB SDEAS Visits Cebu and Bohol Deaf Communities After Quake

The De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies (DLS-CSB SDEAS) in partnership with the Center for Counseling Services (CCS) visited Cebu and towns of Bohol to provide a series of psychosocial support to the victims of the recent earthquake. The team was composed of two CCS counselors and two Deaf facilitators and provided intervention to at least 70 Deaf and Hearing Kids and Youth participants in Cebu, Tagbilaran and Sagbayan.

The visit to Cebu and Bohol from October 27-October 31st, 2013 was made possible through the funding of the Lasallian Ministry and Student Life and the assistance of Center for Lasallian Ministry and the Center for Social Action. This is in collaboration with  collaboration with Gualandi Volunteer Service Programme, Inc. (GVSP). 

The team’s main goal is to provide psycho-social intervention to these identified Deaf populations in Cebu and in Bohol through stress and psychological debriefing. This is to reduce the adverse effects of the earthquake which could have resulted to great stress and trauma to this sector. The team also assisted these survivors and helped them fully understand and realize that there is hope amidst these personal threat experiences.

Deaf and Hearing Volunteers who underwent the Psychosocial Support poses outside the GVSP office in Cebu.

Deaf participants in Tagbiliran Home for the Deaf gather around during the psychosocial support session.

The Volunteers from VSO Bahaginan, Benilde, GVSP, DBS and PNP after the whole day session in Bohol.

Psychosocial Activities being given to Deaf kids in Sagbayan, Bohal, one of the badly hit areas of the 7.2 Magniture Earthquake.

Aside from the Psychosocial Support, in-kind donations were also distributed through the GVSP.

The Team from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, together with Executive Director of GVSP, Inc.
 ( Leo Cabasag, JP Maunes,  Yen Yoto, Elmer Mores, Leo Sulse, Myra Medrana )

Sir Elmer Mores of Benilde, gives the session.
Ms. Yen Yoto of CCS Benilde, joins the group session
GVSP Deaf and Hearing Volunteers after the psyschosocial assistance.

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