Disaster Resilience and Spirituality: A Lecture by Venus Raj

Date: 
Thursday, July 13, 2017
To: 
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Time: 
10:00 AM
To: 
11:00 AM
Venue: 
Faura AVR, Ateneo de Manila University

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Based on Venus Raj’s MA thesis “Disaster Resilience and Spirituality”, the lecture explores how spirituality is experienced and mobilized by sustenance fisherfolks in the context of post-disaster and community residence rebuilding initiatives of disaster prone communities in a Bicol town of Bato, Camarines Sur. Vulnerable populations and marginalized like the fisherfolks face multiple challenges in their recovery efforts because of their limited capacities to cope with disasters. Utilizing a descriptive-analytical approach, the study examines the fisherfolks’ experiences of flooding and disaster losses, especially in their livelihood after Typhoon Nina ravaged the region in December 2016. Employing qualitative methodologies and tools—storytelling, key informant interviews, and focus group discussions—the study generated themes and categories of survival, recovery, spirituality and resilience. Indeed, the study shows that spirituality is a strong pillar of resiliency in community life. Spirituality, then can be harnessed further to enhance efforts related to disaster mitigation, adaptation, resilience and community development.