PHILIPPINES / TEEN PROFILE

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A young survivor finds a way to help other children – and himself – recover from the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan. UNICEF

 

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STORY: PHILIPPINES / TEEN PROFILE
TRT: 3:36
SOURCE: UNICEF
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ILONGGO/ NATS

DATELINE: 10-11 JANUARY 2014, ROXAS CITY, PANAY ISLAND, PHILIPPINES


SHOTLIST:
1. Wide shot, Jericho entering his home
2. SOUNDBITE (Ilonggo) Jericho, 12 year old:
“My name is Ken Jericho Ignacio and I’m twelve and a half years old.”
3. SOUNDBITE (Ilonggo) Jericho, 12 year old:
“This is my house. Me and my grandma live here. Just the two of us in our bamboo hut.”
4. Wide shot, Jericho and his grandma inside bamboo house
5. SOUNDBITE (Ilonggo) Jericho, 12 year old:
“About my father, I was still in my mother’s womb when they separated. And when I was born, I did not get to see him.”
6. SOUNDBITE (Ilonggo) Jericho, 12 year old:
“My mother is in Culasi. She got married again and they have a child.”
7. Close up, cooking fire
8. Wide shot, Jericho and his grandmother cooking
9. Med shot, Jericho at counter
10. SOUNDBITE (Ilonggo) Jericho, 12 year old:
“Since I was 4 years old, I’ve lived here with Grandma.”
11. Close up, things on counter
12. SOUNDBITE (Ilonggo) Jericho, 12 year old:
“At around eleven in the morning, the power of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit the area. We were afraid because the ceiling was shaking and then just broke. Grandma was almost hit by the debris. Then, we stayed in the room and prayed. We prayed until it was over.”
13. Wide shot, Jericho and his grandmother in corner of room.
14. Wide shot, destroyed bamboo house
15. SOUNDBITE (Ilongo) Jericho, 12 year old:
“We had to rebuild everything because it was all destroyed.”
16. SOUNDBITE (Ilonggo) Jericho, 12 year old:
“When it rains or when the wind is strong, I remember the things that happened during the typhoon.”
17. Wide shot, neighborhood in rain
18. Wide shot, Child Centered Space
20. SOUNDBITE (Ilonggo) Jericho, 12 year old:
“During the the Child Centered Space activities, I don’t give lectures to the children, I help out by watching over them, I tell them if they are being noisy.”
21. Close up, children in Child Centered Space
22. Wide shot, children in circle with leader
23. Med shot, Jericho participating in clapping game
24. Close up, Jericho participating in clapping game
25. Med shot, leader in clapping game
26. Close up, leader talking
27. Close up, children’s faces
28. SOUNDBITE (Ilonggo) Jericho, 12 year old:
“The way I see it, this place is a big help for us and the children.”
29. Med shot, boy smiling
30. Med shot, girl in hat and blanket
31. SOUND ON TAPE: (English) Lovely Joy Andrade, community worker:
“The boat is sinking, group yourselves…into five!”
32. Wide shot, children hugging each other trying to stay in groups of five
33. Med shot, Jericho clapping
34. SOUNDBITE (Ilonggo) Jericho, 12 year old:
“It helps me in a big way with my recovery from the typhoon Yolanda.”
35. Wide shot, Jericho clapping saying cheer with others.

STORYLINE:

A young survivor finds a way to help other children – and himself – recover from the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan:

For most of his life, 12-year-old Jericho has lived with his grandmother Monica Ignacio in a bamboo hut in Roxas City, Panay Island. The house was woefully inadequate against the sheer force of Typhoon Haiyan.

“We were afraid because the roof was shaking and then broke. Grandma was almost hit by the falling roof debris,” says Jericho.

They sought shelter at a neighbour’s house. “We stayed in one room and prayed and prayed until the typhoon was over,” he says.

Signs of the storm still litter the neighborhood. Most houses – made from the same light materials the Ignacios used for their house: bamboo, found wood, and coconut leaves for the roof – suffered serious damage.

Jericho’s life has been about coping with challenges. His mother remarried and has a new family. He has never met his father.

“I was still in my mother’s womb when they separated,” says Jericho. “And when I was born, I did not get to see him. That’s all – that’s all I can remember.”

Still, Jericho has a firm grasp of what he wants out of life: A simple house, a family, a career as a doctor to help sick people – especially his grandmother with all her ailments. His goals give a structure to his otherwise bumpy life.

Resilience is the ability to absorb shock and spring back into place. A child builds resilience by receiving support from his surrounding social systems – individuals, families, schools, and community. In Tagalog, it’s called ’paki-kasama’, which roughly translates as ‘togetherness’.

Jericho’s neighbors are his aunties and uncles, looking after him and his grandmother, giving them food and shelter. Jericho considers them his family.

And then there is his grandmother. His foundation.

“I find strength and power from my grandmother,” he says. “She is the one that sends me to school, feeds me, raises me, and the one who gives me affection.”

Jericho is both a participant and a volunteer at the Child Centered Space, a tent set up in the neighbourhood by UNICEF partner Child Fund. UNICEF Child Friendly Spaces like this one have been put up throughout the areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan to help provide children with protection, psychosocial well-being and non-formal education.

“When it rains or when the wind gushes strongly, I remember the things that happened during the typhoon,” Jericho says. “One of the kids I know from just nearby, when the wind blows strongly, she goes inside her house because she is scared. Her mom says that she is in trauma. Of course, I am afraid too.”

As a facilitator listening to the stories of other children in the neighbourhood, Jericho is able to help them recover from the trauma of the typhoon.

“What I like about being a facilitator now is that I get to teach the children to have strength every day.”

With the help of the community – and a far-off friend in Canada – Jericho and his grandmother rebuilt their hut after the storm.

“The child I used to take care of when I was still young and working as a nanny sent me the money,” says Monica Ignacio, Jericho’s grandmother.

A new aluminum roof shines overhead in their 12–by-8-foot hut.

Jericho has returned to school, and his grandmother sells sweet rice treats to the students.

But on the weekends, he continues to volunteer at the Child Centered Space.

“The way I see it, it is a big help to us and to the children after the typhoon.”

And has it helped him?

“It does help me in a big way with my recovery.”

The number of children under 18 affected by Typhoon Haiyan is estimated at 5.9 million. As of 7 February, UNICEF and partners put up 79 child friendly spaces, benefitting approximately 13,500 children. The target for 2014 is to give 147,000 children access to child friendly spaces across the region affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
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