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Star Apple Foundation - Re-housing Haiyan Victims
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82 HOUSES ALREADY COMPLETED - My name is Pascal Canning, formally from and, but now living in Maasin City, Southern Leyte. I have a small business (Caimito Beach Hotel), in Maasin. As we are some 150KM south of the track of Yolanda ...

My name is Pascal Canning, formally from Kilcock (Ireland), London & Leixlip (Ireland), but now living in Maasin City, Southern Leyte. I have a small business (Caimito Beach Hotel), in Maasin.

As we are some 150KM south of the track of Yolanda (Haiyan) on the 8th of November 2013, we sustained only slight damage.

 

Soon after the disaster, I set up a charity 'Star Apple Fund' on facebook, (now registered as 'Star Apple Foundation' and being processed as a registered non-stock/non-profit corporation}. The aim of the charity is to help indigent (very poor) families rebuild their lives, by rebuilding their simple homes.

 

My first building project was in Sityo Boho, Barangay Tugas, Tabango, Leyte. Here we built 31 houses for approximately 200 people.  This project is complete, even though there are at least 50 more families living in boxes.

 

In Tolosa, Leyte, we have earmarked 51 houses (48 already completed as of today), housing over 300 people.

 

My chainsaw gang cut the fallen trees into 4"x4", 4"x2", 3"x2" and 2"x2". My carpenters then build a 12' x 10' house frame. We cover the roof with 14 sheets of galvanized corrugated sheeting, plus capping.

 

We then supply the house owner with 11 sheets of plywood, nails and paint to finish off their house themselves.

 

The houses cost between $360 and $400 each. Our funding to date has totally come from my friends and family in Ireland, The UK and several other countries around the world. We have no administrative costs except the diesel in my own private car, food for my workers and I, and phone etc. These charges are already calculated into the price of the houses.

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