November 24, 2013, Sunday iLuvCebu together with non profit organization iLearners and partners ACRE Ballroom and JPNY Ballroom went to Paypay Daanbantayan to do Play Therapy to 150 students of Guinsolungan Elementary School. Daanbantayan is a municipality in the Northern part of Cebu province which was badly hit by typhoon Yolanda/ Typhoon Haiyan.
The school with 3 classrooms was declared unsafe after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit the province last October 15, 2013. And after the strong typhoon, the school’s roofing were opened and some flew due to the strong winds and the school’s stage which they are using as a makeshift classroom for the Elementary’s graduating class has been totally destroyed.
Most of the kids and families are left with houses with no roofs over them or houses totally destroyed Mrs. Victoria Gulbe, Head Teacher at Guinsolungan Elementary School recalls her experience with teary eyes, “Perte namong hadluka atong adlawa sa bagyo. Kusog kaayo ang hangin ug ang uwan. Kadtong nagsugod ug lupad among mga sin, kay ako gihigtan ug pisi ang ako upat ka tiguwang nga kauban sa balay aron dili mi magkabuwag ug maunsa man. Nya pagawas namo sa amo balay, ang dakong punuan sa amo tapad kay natumba sa amo balay. Karon wala nami balay pero pasalamat mi sa Ginoo wala gyud tawn mi naunsa. Unya karon naa namo diri para manghatag pahalipay sa mga bata ug sa mga pamilya. Nagpasalamat gyud mig dako sa Ginoo.” (We were so scared during the typhoon. The wind and rain was so strong. When our roof started to fly, I tied a rope on my elderly relatives unto each other so whatever happens we will still be together. Then just right after going out of our house and then the big tree went down and slammed on top of our house. Now we are homeless but we are thankful to God we got spared. And today, you are here to extend some cheers to our kids and their families. We are very much thankful to Him.)
Volunteers of the Play Therapy get to talk to the kids on how they are now and play with them. RJ Carabio, a graduate of BS Psychology and Dave Bargamento of the National Nutrition Council Region VII spearheaded the games. Play is a child’s natural medium of self-expression. The benefits of Play Therapy would greatly help them cope up with the the recent calamities hitting Central Visayas. Play Therapy does not just reduces anxiety but also promotes self confidence and develops a sense of trust in self and others.
Mass feeding and giving of relief goods to the kids and their family closed iLuvCebu’s Play Therapy program. To all the volunteers and to our brothers and sisters who donated and made Play Therapy project possible, we are very thankful for sending us your support.
Blog by: Andrew “Doyzkie” Buenaviaje | Photos by: Reymond Buenaviaje