Habitat for Humanity building permanent homes six months after Typhoon Haiyan
Habitat aims to build 30,000 homes in the Visayas for affected families
BANGKOK (May 8, 2014) – Six months after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Visayas area of the Philippines, Habitat for Humanity is continuing to help build permanent homes at four sites in severely affected areas. The typhoon killed 6,300 people and damaged or destroyed more than 1 million homes, according to government figures.
Habitat broke ground on its first construction site impacted by the typhoon in February, just three months after Typhoon Haiyan struck, and progressed to building homes at three additional sites soon after.
“We intend to keep up this pace and break ground at many more sites in coming months,” said Rick Hathaway, Habitat for Humanity Asia-Pacific vice president. “We are also continuing to distribute shelter repair kits. More funding is needed to carry on this work and reconstruction is likely to take many years. Habitat for Humanity is committed to supporting affected families in the Visayas for the long term.”
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. Construction work has begun in Santa Fe on Bantayan Island and in Daanbantayan, both in the Philippine province of Cebu, and at Tacloban and Javier, two sites on the island of Leyte.
Habitat started distributing emergency shelter kits just days after Haiyan struck, shifting to shelter repair kits as needs changed. To date, Habitat has supported nearly 18,000 families with emergency shelter and shelter repair kits.
Since 1988, Habitat for Humanity Philippines has played an active role in working with families to build decent homes. Through a network of project offices in rural and urban areas, Habitat for Humanity Philippines has built and repaired tens of thousands of houses.
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. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To learn more, donate or volunteer, visit habitat.org.