Typhoon Haiyan Filipino Home Building Project

 
$5,768
$44,232
Raised
Remaining
Nov 17, 2014

Building typhoon-resilient Filipino homes

Filipino home
Filipino home

Dear All Friends,

Greetings from Leyte. A few days ago was the first year anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda and there were many events and activities all over the province. The survivors are slowly recovering, although painfully for some. The struggle is daily and one of our initiatives is to provide the survivors with decent, although low-cost housing which is far more better than them staying in tents and temporary shelters called bunk-houses. The bunk-houses are very small rooms where the entire family is housed and there is very little privacy. With your donation we are constructing decent Filipino homes with a bedroom and a toilet. A garden will be established by the beneficiaries in the available spaces around the house. The house will be built with coconut timber from the so many coconut trees destroyed during the typhoon and still useful. The roof is galvanized iron and the walls made of bamboo mats.

Please continue supporting our home-building project via GlobalGiving. Please do inform your friends and colleagues too.  Thank you very much.

Our link is,

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/typhoon-haiyan-filipino-home-building-project/

Very sincerely yours,

Cora

Aug 7, 2014

More houses needed

Homeless and hopeless
Homeless and hopeless

Dear Friends and Partners,

Greetings from Leyte Province and thank you very much for your generous support to our project to provide house materials and houses to Typhoon Haiyan survivors. The situation for some is becoming vvery dire indeed when several months after the super-typhoon, tents provided by international donors are starting to deteriorate and a few are living in the open. This family in the photo is one of them and situation for them is desperate. The family was abandoned by the husband and they live in the side of the street. The 2 children are vulnerable to children trafficking which is rampant here. They live day by day by selling vegetables and whatever they can find.

May I appeal to your kind heart to help us provide a roof for this family. Your generosity will be much appreciated.

Very sincerely yours,

Cora

Jun 2, 2014

Bamboo houses

Pre-fabricating house parts
Pre-fabricating house parts

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Leyte. Thank you very much for your very generous support to our Typhoon Yolanda home-building initiative. As of this report, there are still thousands of survivors who are living in tents and temporary bunk-houses. The tents provided by international aid NGO’s are very difficult habitation, there is no privacy whatsoever, it is so hot during dry months and so soggy during rainy season. Meanwhile the bunk-houses are very small and family members are packed like sardines, there is also no privacy and males and females are mixed together. This is a horrendous privacy problems especially for Filipinos whose family is extended.

Our home-building approach is novel in that we use the coconut timber destroyed during the typhoon as main posts, rafters and house frames and then we utilize bamboo mats as walls, doors and windows. Bamboo mats are very Filipino, tough and resilient and making the bamboo mats employ a lot of local artisans as well as it utilizes local materials in an economic manner.  Best of all our construction is cheap yet robust, elegant and artistic and people feel at home and love the bamboo houses.

Praying that you will continue to support this novel initiative.

Very sincerely yours,

Cora

Mar 17, 2014

Distribution of much-needed shelter materials

Distributing materials
Distributing materials

Dear Friends,

Greetings and may I thank you once again for your generous donation to our home building project. This project is very important because the tents are not ideal for habitation as it becomes soggy during rains and hot during sunny days. The tents are also single-room habitations and all family members including relatives stay in one room. Privacy is absent. However, some of the houses of the survivors are still intact and what is lacking only in order to repair it are nails, walling, roofings. This time we are fortunate to be assisted by the Australian Association of Philippine Community Organizations (APCO) led by its President Jhun Salazar who came all the way to Leyte in order to provide support to the survivors. They donated shelter materials as well as vegetable seeds to the survivors.

Hoping for more support from you, your colleagues and friends for this worthwhile project.

Very sincerely yours,

Cora

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Cora Sayre

Executive Director
Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental Philippines

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