We have now visited every home in the village and interviewed each family to ascertain their needs. Thus far we've provided food and emergency shelter to 370 families and have our 3rd truckload of food arriving today.
There are 200 homes to rebuild here. Our estimate is that on average people need $500 in building materials after factoring in what can be reused from the damaged homes. Sand, cement, wood, roofing material, some electrical parts and steel rebar are the most needed items.
People are anxious to start rebuilding now. They have family based work groups organized so that all labor will go to repair first one family member home, then the next and the next.
The village is looking to us for help with materials. Few had any savings to draw from and there's no such thing as homeowner insurance here. So many have come to us asking if we would make them a loan to rebuild. I have little faith that people can ever repay such loans but I am so impressed that they aren't flat asking for handouts and would ask for a loan in the first place. I'm touched, moved and inspired by the gentle people of this village.
Please help us to help them rebuild their homes and lives.
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