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Psycho-Social Advocacy for Young Typhoon Victims

by Katie Carroll | Jun 12, 2014

When Typhoon Yolanda slammed into the Philippines on November 8th, 2013, it left behind incredible destruction and loss. Not only that, it left behind grieving and traumatized families, suffering the mental after-effects of the devastating storm.

Through your generous donations to our Disaster Response program, MTI has been able to support a local foundation committed to longer term projects in the Philippines. Mission Tacloban, created by the Dona Remedios Trinidad Romualdez Medical Foundation (RTR), focuses on projects such as Psycho-Social Counseling, Train-the-Trainer sessions in Tacloban City, and RTR Football Cup - a sustainable, grassroots football (soccer) program for underprivileged youth of Leyte.

The football clinic was set up as an advocacy program to introduce football to underprivileged youth who were the traumatized survivors of Typhoon Yolanda as a means of trauma counseling for the children. The project focuses on creating an environment of hope, competitive sportsmanship, teamwork, and camaraderie as a means to heal their broken spirits, minds and hearts.

Youth Participating in the First RTR Cup


Thanks to your generosity, MTI was able to support this program by providing the uniforms, soccer balls, and cleats, for the 96 students and 12 coaches. Also a result of your incredible gifts, MTI will be able to provide ongoing Train-the-Trainer training in September for the educators and coaches of these students. By providing psycho-social services to the people of Leyte, we can help them manage their fear, expose their pain, mourn their losses, reconnect, reclaim their lives, and take action.

The first RTR Cup was a first step toward the creation of a sustainable grassroots football program dedicated to the creation and nurturing of a football training program for Leyte youth. Held May 17-25 the first summer clinic had youth ranging from ages 6-12. Eiight teams from several different municipalities in Leyte participated, and the clinic was a great success!

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 Thank you for your support of our Disaster Response programs! Your donations enable us to be ready to respond the minute a disaster occurs- and to be able to help rebuild in the aftermath of a disaster. Thank you for demonstrating the love of Christ to those in need around the world.