Organizing workshops to build disaster-resistant houses
|"Build back better" workshop at New Kawayan, Tacloban City (August 6th, 2014)|
They then received a lecture by a civil engineer on how to build disaster-resistant houses, and on appropriate usage of construction materials. As an exercise, all of the participants also jointly constructed a miniature disaster-resistant house to practice what they have learnt during the lecture.
Construction of disaster-resistant communities will require not only the professional carpenters with adequate knowledge of building stronger houses, but also the local people themselves with the right knowledge on disaster prevention and mitigation. In this regard, the local women’s proactive participation in the workshop was impressive and encouraging.
|The participants discussed and presented means to prevent and mitigate disasters. Shown in the left is Ms. Chiaki FURUKAWA (left) from AAR Japan Tokyo Headquarters. (August 5th 2014, Old Kawayan, Tacloban City)|
|Professional carpenters and local people jointly built a miniature housing to practice what they learnt. (August 5th, 2014. Old Kawayan, Tacloban City)|
Building safer houses with right techniques and new materialsFrom August 13th through 21st 2014, AAR Japan distributed building materials to a total of 267 households in the two wards, where the workshops were organized. At the distribution, mutual support among the neighboring beneficiaries was observed.
In addition, AAR Japan assisted establishing a “carpentry committee” in each of the two wards. In order for the committees to build safer houses using the knowledge obtained at the workshops, AAR provided necessary construction tools and partial financial assistance. The committees’ carpenters are currently rebuilding houses in the two wards.
|Construction materials were distributed to 121 households in Old Kawayan, Tacloban City. (August 13th, 2014)|
|As the family lives near the sea and lost their boat because of the typhoon, the father cannot go fishing. With the support of AAR Japan, the family can soon move to a safer area. (August 27th, 2014)|
English editing by Mr Allan Richardz
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