Welcome to 2023! We hope the new year has been going well for you.
For our friends in Mantanani Island, however, the end of last year left them little to be happy for in the new year. For 21 households, their lives were uprooted as their houses were destroyed by storms that hit the island multiple times.
They were spared when the storm first hit early in the year, however, were not so lucky towards the end of the year. The houses on the coast suffered largely from the erosion of the coastline that is a direct effect of climate change. The islanders tried to salvage the situation by building a concrete wall along the coastlines but to no avail. The strong storms were the final nail in the coffin that led to the total destruction of their homes.
Having lost the roof over their heads, where can they stay now? The sites which used to be their homes are no longer safe even if they want to rebuild their house. These families are now advised to relocate inland - away from the coastlines for safety.
Some families have their lands belonging to their family for them to build on but some families aren't as fortunate. They would have to bear the cost of both building a new house and buying a land to build a house on.
This is where we implore your generosity, dear funders. The cost of one house is about $11,000 - a large amount to be borne alone by a family that was hit by calamity albeit being the most pressing issue to address.
Every dollar counts. Please help these families to rebuild their home.
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