Help Rebuild Modest Homes for Haiyan 2013 Victims
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3 Years running

The Story:

Almost three years on, their are still victims of typhoon Haiyan (2013) that are still living in temporary shelters. A good example of this are the small communities of Igsaug and Curva in Bogo, Cebu, Philippines. They are still using tarps and patched up iron sheets as their homes. They did receive some aid to rebuild their houses however because most of the time it would not be enough to be able to rebuild, the cash aid gets spent to more immediate needs. The project of the Daughters of Wisdom of approached rebuilding their community differently. Instead of giving them cash, the community is provided with construction materials and as a community will help everyone in building each and every home. This concept of "Bayanihan" (tagalog for community cooperation) or "Pagtambayayong" in Cebauno had been Filipino value and been proved to be successful.

However, the last batch had been suspended the project, as it is still important to pursue it we have decided to pick up the work. This fund raising is intended to rebuild 35 houses, repair of 11 houses, and for 5 to 6 months for labor costs for the carpenter/s. If we can raise more than the target, we intend to start a small community farm.

Bayanihan: Community Building Story in Igsaug

Vicente "Inteng" Sarsalejo is the de facto community leader in Igsaug. Because of his courage to approach the sisters of Daughter of Wisdom to seek help, many of his community had become a recipient of rebuilding their homes. He is a sweet corn cake vendor in Hagnaya Port, which is around 20 kilometers away from his home, and a father of 7 children, raising them with his wife, Rose. While the sisters was trying to board a ship to a project site in Bantayan Island, Inteng approached them in the hope that the sister would be able to visit their community and be able to help them rebuild. After months of waiting as the project in Bantayan finished, the sisters did visit Igsaug, to survey and start the project.

Today, their are more than 200 families that had been helped rebuild their homes in various towns. In Bogo, there had been more than 30 families helped, and in every phase Inteng and Rose have assisted the community from identifying which families are still needing help, to organizing the community to accomplish their goal. The project success is greatly dependent on the community cooperation and the couple had been instrumental to have the community come together. With our last visit, Rose mentioned that the community have organized to help a widow with seven children to rebuild her home which was nearly a kilometer away from their community. The widow was first hesitant because she didn't have the money to pay them but they insisted that it was their way of helping her and they would not be asking anything in return.

Who we are:

We would like to continue the project in rebuilding houses for the victims of typhoon Haiyan in northern Cebu, Philippines. The project was started by Daughters of Wisdom (a Catholic organization of nuns) in partnership of Bayahinhan Foundation (a community based organization from Britanny, France) and they have successfully rebuilt houses in 6 communities in 4 towns. The community in Igsaug and Curva Bogo, Cebu had been surveyed by the sisters already however the project was suspended as they have to focus back on their primary missions in running a school for the indigent children, feeding programs, running a community clinic among others. With this, we are picking up the work. We will help facilitate in rebuilding benificiaries homes and partner with the community in rebuilding their own community. 

Greg Bentain had been working in doing follow ups in the previous project sites. He invited me to join and help to raise funds for the community in Nailon, Bogo. Should this campaign will be sucessful, our participation on this project will be to coordination of the community to ensure they participate in rebuilding the houses, facilitate the delivery of the construction materials per phase and proper accounting for the expenses for transparency.

The Project

The project is now on it's phase 3 in Igsaug and this time it be run by us, volunteers. We have identified 35 families where we are targeting to build houses and 11 for repair. The houses to be built are a modest 10x14 ft for them to be able to have a head start. We will be hiring a carpenter and the community will send some people to help build their own homes. The houses will be built together by group, and the construction materials will be provided for each phase. The delivery of the construction materials will be dependent if the phase had been completed to all houses. This method of proven to drive the community to fast track as it would be in their own interest to do so. The we intend to rebuild 35 houses, repair 11 houses and hire 1 or 2 carpenter/s. And for that we would like to raise USD 28,000  or PHP 1.3 million for the project. 

We have created a google doc for you see the details of the project, please follow this link.

We would like to seek your help to fund this project by either sharing this to your friends or by donating. Should you want to contribute offline, please contact me through email or call me at +63-919-99-4663 They are still hopeful that some people will still be able to help them and I am hoping you will be one of them.

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