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UPDATE - Six months on from Typhoon Haiyan
Typhoon Haiyan was one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded. Six months on from the typhoon that first made landfall on 8 November 2013, Habitat for Humanity Philippines has distributed emergency or shelter repair kits to nearly 18,000 families, and rebuilding work has begun at four sites across the affected areas.
Amazing stories of survival can also be found everywhere: Opelia Marcullo’s thirteen-member family sheltered in a toilet room – chosen as it didn’t have a roof – in a nearby house after their house started crumbling around them. Water rose up to their waists. “We didn’t know what to do, we didn’t have any money; we had to find ways to survive,” said Opelia, 59.
Just two weeks after Haiyan hit, on 23 November 2013, Opelia and her husband Mario Marcullo, 50, went to collect the contents of a Habitat for Humanity Philippines shelter repair kit – plywood, lumber, galvanized iron sheeting, hammer, handsaw and nails. Whenever they managed to save enough money, they paid carpenters to build their walls and roof, and by February 2014 their house was completely repaired.
Mario has tried to continue his work as a fisherman: “I used to catch around 30 kilos of fish. Since the typhoon I collect perhaps two kilos or zero. I think it will take more than five years before the fish return.” He has now started also working as a laborer and Opelia has started doing other people’s laundry and selling fish on the street to generate more income.
Habitat for Humanity Philippines aims to distribute more than 30,000 shelter repair kits and build 30,000 core homes, depending on availability of funding. Construction work has begun in Santa Fe on Bantayan Island and in Daanbantayan, both in Cebu, and at Tacloban and Javier, two sites on the island of Leyte.
Rebuild Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan!
On November 8th Typhoon Haiyan smashed into the Philippines. The storm caused widespread flooding. To date, over 9 million people have been affected in 41 provinces. More than two million families are vulnerable with no safe and secure home. Lives have been shattered and people are struggling to meet their most personal human needs: shelter, maintaining health, privacy and dignity
The disaster response program of Habitat Philippines aims to help families re-build their homes.The initial target is to :
- distribute 30,000 Shelter Repair Kits (SRK)
- build 30,000 core housing units