The coronavirus pandemic has been disastrous for vulnerable communities in the Philippines. Lockdowns cut off the few income opportunities that many people had. But as restrictions begin to ease, our local partner is empowering people to weave a better future.
During the pandemic, Tearfund and our local partners have been providing food, clean water and public health information to help protect communities. But, just as importantly, we've been working alongside communities to ensure that they can recover and rebuild for the long-run.
After experiencing so much hardship, the last thing these people needed was to just go back to the way things were before: barely earning enough to scrape by.
PhilRads, our local partner in the Philippines, set up four community hubs in Luzon – the country’s largest island. These hubs provide people with training to help them set up their own businesses. They also equip them with financial skills and the know-how to be more resilient when future disasters hit. At the end of the training, PhilRads gives them resources to start up their own small business.