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Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on reconstruction following Typhoon Haiyan

Habitat aims to build 30,000 homes in the Visayas for affected families.

Bangkok, Thailand (February 14, 2014) - Global non-profit shelter organization Habitat for Humanity broke ground and laid the first bricks at a reconstruction site in Santa Fe, a municipality of Bantayan Island, one of the hardest hit areas by Typhoon Haiyan.

The groundbreaking marked the start of reconstruction efforts by Habitat for Humanity Philippines in the affected area. Last Novemeber, Typhoon Haiyan caused at least 7.500 people dead and missing, as well as more than a million houses destroyed.

“One hundred days after Haiyan struck, we are proud to have begun reconstruction projects. The speed with which this has happened is impressive, especially considering the extent of the devastation caused by Haiyan and the lack of easily-available construction materials,” said Rick Hathaway, Habitat for Humanity Asia-Pacific Vice President.

Charlie Ayco, Habitat for Humanity Philippines CEO, added: “We have started reconstruction work simultaneously on sites in northern Cebu, Leyte and Tacloban and will continue to ramp up operations. The vast majority of affected families are still living in makeshift homes, with fragile roofs and walls, so Habitat continues to distribute shelter repair kits to improve conditions while rebuilding takes place.”

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.

Habitat started distributing emergency shelter kits just days after Haiyan struck, shifting to shelter repair kits as needs changed. Shelter repair kits contain plywood, lumber, galvanized iron sheeting, hammer, handsaw and nails. To date, Habitat has supported more than 12,000 families with emergency shelter and shelter repair kits

As well as breaking ground on construction sites to help families affected by Typhoon Haiyan, Habitat for Humanity Philippines has started operations to build 8,083 homes in Bohol for families affected by the earthquake that struck on October 15, 2013.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976.

For more information, please visit habitatlatino.org.