Kinatarkan Island is one of the most severely devastated islands in the Northernmost part of Cebu Province, yet the least served in terms of humanitarian efforts because of its distance and the difficulty of crossing the open sea to reach the island. Over 700 houses were completely damaged by typhoon Haiyan, So far only 14 houses have been rebuilt and we want to do more. Helping them to re-build more houses will help the community to slowly re-build their lives and their livelihood.
Typhoon Haiyan destroyed nearly all the wooden fishing boats this community of 2000 depends on for their livelihood of fishing and seaweed production. Most of their homes were also destroyed leaving them without home or income. The residents are struggling to recover because the relief have received from the government and NGO's is scarcely enough to meet daily needs. Rebuilding their houses has been a dream. A permanent home will give more stability, security and time to rebuild livelihoods.
A permanent secure home, gives stability to both parents and their children. The adults will have more capacity to focus on earning a living and looking for other sources of income apart from fishing. They can have opportunities to learn new skills such as farming, carpentry, masonry, baking, driving and other skills to become more productive. Proper housing protects the whole family from diseases and prevents children from missing schools. It also means they won't have to move in Typhoon season
When families' basic needs are met and they have a proper place to live, family members tend to be more productive with healthy children and responsible adults, which would then propel a growing and expanding community economic development. A secure safe place to live is the starting point on the journey to recovery and redevelopment for this community which continues to live with the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan. Workers employed on the building project receive training in construction.