EJ is eight. She lives with her parents, two brothers and sister in a poorly constructed house dangerously close to a river. Floods can strike quickly, and during heavy rains EJ and her family must seek safety in an evacuation centre. However, EJ's nearest evacuation center isn't properly equipped. Your donations will change that by providing seven families like EJ's with equipped evacuation cubicles.
The Philippines is hit by around 20 typhoons every year, making it one of the world's most disaster-prone countries. The typhoons bring floods and both are dangerous for families like EJ's who live on riverbanks in the community of Banaba. During storms EJ must evacuate to stay safe. However, EJ's evacuation center isn't properly equipped. So, EJ's family doesn't have anywhere safe to sleep when disaster strikes.
Donations to this project will allow seven family cubicles to be installed in EJ's evacuation center, and will equip each with sleeping mats, pillows and sheets. The center will eventually house over 110 families, and we need to raise over $7,000 to provide cubicles for everyone, but the project can be tackled in stages. So, your donations will make a quick impact, even as we continue to fundraise.
The equipped evacuation center will provide shelter during storms for seven families like EJ's for years to come. Outside of typhoons the center is also used to run impactful community development projects. The installed cubicles will be collapsible so that these developments projects can continue to make a long term impact once short term crises have passed.