Sharing Stories, Witnessing Hope: Towards Self-Reliance and Resilience

The Psychology Volunteers on Bikes represented by core members Daryl Mishka Watin, Monica Gloria Manluluyo and Edna Lee organised a series of post disaster workshops – Sharing Stories, Witnessing Hope: Towards Self-Reliance and Resilience with the family heads of the Yolanda Environmental Refugees who stayed at the Capitol Parish Basketball Court. The workshops included sharing survival stories, life stories, meditation, and relaxation exercises, and learning simple permaculture solutions like how to make paper briquettes, rocket stoves, and composting toilets. Fr. Cui, one of the parish priests at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church (or Capitol Parish), generously allowed us to use sacred church space during the workshops which ran from 7 pm till 10 pm.