Distributing house repair materials to 2,224 households
In the Philippines, 1.14 million houses were either completely or partially destroyed by the typhoon Yolanda. Victims were covering blown off roofs with plastic sheets or erecting tents to take shelter near their destroyed homes, and forced to live difficult lives. Since December, 2013, AAR Japan prepared sets of repair materials for housing such as tin plates and nails, and distributed them to suffering families – especially those having persons with disabilities – amounting to a total of 2,224 households (approximately 11,000 people).
Learning house construction through lectures and practices
In the Philippines, many carpenters are undertrained, or even self-taught, and yet actually build and repair houses. Furthermore, people who cannot afford to hire professional carpenters have no choice but to repair their houses by themselves. AAR Japan therefore initiated not only the distribution of housing repair materials, but also organizing training courses for both carpenters and local people. These courses include lectures on the structure of disaster-resistant housing and practical training through the use of miniatures on techniques for reinforcing homes. The first training course was attended by a total of 40 carpenters from two villages north of Tacloban City, and at the second course those same carpenters taught the local community without charge.
|The carpenters learn the structure of disaster-resistant housing from the construction engineer. ( April 30, 2014. Tacloban City)|
|The learned reinforcement technique to avoid house collapse is confirmed with use of a miniature, and applied afterward to actual construction works. ( May 19, 2014. Tacloban City)|
“I shall rebuild my house on my own.”
Mr. Richard Binko at Santo Nino Village in Tacloban City had his house completely destroyed by the typhoon. Nevertheless, he is determined to rebuild his house, using the repair materials delivered by AAR and applying the knowledge obtained through the AAR training course. “As I cannot afford to employ carpenters, I will build the house by myself. Because of the training course, I am now confident to build a safer and stronger house,” said Mr. Binko.
|Mr. Richard Binko stands in front of the ruins of his house that was completely destroyed by the typhoon. (June 19, 2014)|
These activities are being carried out thanks to the generous donations of our supporters such as yourself and the support of the Japan Platform (JPF).