Philippines: Second phase of construction begins

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After building 600 houses for vulnerable families in Dulag, Philippines following the destructive typhoon in 2013, Medair has started the second phase of construction. During the second phase, we will build 1,080 more houses, distribute roof kits to 1,200 households to strengthen homes, and provide training to more than 1,800 people on how to lessen risks and be prepared for future typhoons.

Josita and Gregorio, both in their late 70s, are one of the 1,080 families receiving a new house in this next phase. No longer able to formally work because of their age, Josita and Gregorio still grow vegetables in their garden to sell at the local market. While earning them a small profit, it is only enough to get by. So when their home was destroyed by the typhoon, they didn’t have enough money to rebuild properly.

Josita and Gregorio rebuilt what was left of their house by using whatever damaged materials and scraps they could find. “We immediately rebuilt our house because we had nothing,” recalls Josita. “But we have trouble sleeping.” She points to the thin mats on the mud floor where they have been sleeping inside their flimsy structure since the typhoon.

“We’re very happy that you’ve given us this house,” continues Josita. And with construction nearly complete, Josita and Gregorio will move into their new home this week.

Our impact

Since Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines in November 2013, we have:

• Helped an estimated 60,000 people rebuild their lives
• Provided new, typhoon-resilient houses for more than 3,000 people
• Distributed nearly 5,000 hygiene kits to prevent the spread of disease
• Supplied more than 800 toolkits to help families rebuild, and
• Given out almost 4,100 tarpaulins to use as emergency roofs and walls

We have also distributed nearly 40 tarpaulins to several schools, which are being used as temporary roofing and walls while they rebuild. Consequently, more children are attending classes now that they have some protection from the weather.

Additionally, our teams have repaired local health centres in the region, supplying them with emergency health kits comprised of basic supplies such as antibiotics and syringes. Each of these kits can support 10,000 people for up to three months.

Hear the stories of those impacted