Annual report 2011
Aileen Rodriguez has been undergoing home-based therapy since July 2009 up to the present under CBR programme in Eastern Samar, the Philippines. The village health worker, trained by Terre des Hommes Netherlands for rehabilitation skills, undergoes and supervises the therapy. Aileen and her parents were taught of the exercises she had to do every day. Slowly, her balance improved and from clutching onto the post for support so that she can be able to stand, she can now stand with the aid of a stick.
In general, the self-help groups have had a large impact on the community, as demonstrated by solidarity, improved incomes and better access to micro-credits. Many youth and parents with only limited or no capital, they were unable to obtain loans from commercial banks. A socio-economic programme allowed them to access business capital loans with fewer regulations.
Terre des Hommes Netherlands helps poor families by giving small loans for starting up a business, we enable families to raise their income. As a result of this, the necessity of child labour is reduced. This means children can go to school and have more time to play.