Lanzlee was just five months old when the strongest typhoon ever to make landfall destroyed his home and all of his family's possessions. Today, he lives with his two brothers and parents in a shack without power, running water. They use a kerosene lamp at night, so fumes and fire are constant risks. Lanzlee and his family need a permeant home. With our partners, Gawad Kalinga (GK) , that's exactly what we'll give him.
Today, Lanzlee and thousands of survivors remain in temporary shelter. Lanzlee's family can't restart their livelihoods in temporary shelters and, as these shelters are unsanitary, they're more susceptible to illness. Homelessness also complicates sending children back to school. Secure housing underpins recovery, but many families simply can't afford to rebuild.
GK only builds the main structure of a house, and the buildings still need additional work before they can be considered finished homes. That's where we come in. We'll turn the structures GK builds into finished homes by building an interior loft and installing stairs to almost double the available living space. We'll also be plastering and painting to ensure the houses feel like true homes. These essential works will give Lanzlee's family the space to live safely and comfortably.
With a home, Lanzlee's older brothers can be re-enrolled in school, his parents will be able to get back their livelihoods and Lanzlee will have a safe, sanitary living space again.