Echoing Disaster Resilience and Self-Reliance in Medellin, Cebu

The Psychology Volunteers on Bikes represented by core members Edna Lee, Mishka Watin, and Monica Manluluyo, conducted the “Echoing Disaster Resilience and Self-Reliance among Women” a post-disaster program with the women environmental refugees of Typhoon Haiyan in Barangay Tindog, Medellin, Cebu yesterday, April 14, 2014.

The group shared psychology- and permaculture-based skills and knowledge to the women so they too can echo these to the rest of the community, helping them become self-reliant and resilient against future challenges and disasters. The program included relaxation techniques, art therapy activities, a sharing of appropriate technologies, and laughter yoga.

Thank you to Connor and Kathy McCabe for donating 34 rocket stoves! Your generosity helped put a smile on these women’s faces, aiding them in their journey towards resilience and self-reliance.

Mishka Watin, co-founder of the Psychology Volunteers on Bikes, teaching the women different breathing exercises

Mishka Watin, co-founder of the Psychology Volunteers on Bikes, teaching the women different breathing exercises

Mandala Art Therapy

Mandala Art Therapy

The kids preparing the materials for paper briquettes

The kids preparing the materials for paper briquettes

Edna Lee, co-founder of the Psychology Volunteers on Bikes, facilitating the sharing of the women after their art group activity

Edna Lee, co-founder of the Psychology Volunteers on Bikes, facilitating the sharing of the women after their art group activity

Monica Manluluyo, Volunteer Coordinator of the Psychology Volunteers on Bikes, teaching the art of paper folding or origami

Monica Manluluyo, Volunteer Coordinator of the Psychology Volunteers on Bikes, teaching the art of paper folding or origami

The making of paper briquettes to be used for the rocket stoves

The making of paper briquettes to be used for the rocket stoves

Edna Lee talking about the use of composting toilets

Edna Lee talking about the use of composting toilets

Distribution of rocket stoves

Distribution of rocket stoves

Laughter Yoga facilitation

Laughter Yoga facilitation

Distribution of clothes and relief goods to the women

Distribution of clothes and relief goods to the women