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Typhoon Haiyan: giving shelter

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The tarpaulins and other materials on arrival in the Philippines. CARE shelter expert, Gabriel Fernandez de Pino inspects the shelter kits sent from Canada to Tacloban, one of the hardest-hit areas by Typhoon Haiyan. He is impressed by the rapid progress in Tacloban in the last two weeks.“You can feel the spirit of resiliency and recovery. In spite of everything they have lost, the people smile and work to rebuild.”

To date these kits have reached 7,500 people in Albuera, Tolosa and Tacloban. The kits are intended to help families repair and rebuild in a way which responds to their immediate needs, such as shelter from the weather.

A villager works to rebuild what is left of his house. Many are in his position. Including Frank Faluguera, a father of two young children who's family are staying with relatives until he can rebuild something of a home.

“I was away when the typhoon hit and returned to find my house and shop totally flattened,” says Frank, sifting through the rubble. “Now all I can do is salvage bits of metal. It will take such a long time and try to get back to normal. What I need are the materials to rebuild my home again.”

These shelter kits should provide just that.