Building boats, rebuilding livelihoods

27/05/2014

Droscoro Cayme uses the tools provided by Concern to build his boat.Droscoro Cayme uses the tools provided by Concern to build his boat.

As well as lives and homes, Typhoon Haiyan also destroyed people’s ability to earn a living. Fishing is a major industry in the Philippines, and estimates suggest that 28,000 small-scale fishing boats were destroyed across the country, depriving tens of thousands of people of their livelihoods.
 
To help fishermen restore their main source of income Concern is working in Concepcion, a coastal municipality in the province of Iloilo,  to help fishermen repair damaged boats and rebuild new ones.  
 

Partially finished fishing boats in Concern's boat yard.
Partially finished fishing boats in Concern's boat yard. These boats will be given to local fisherman and help them reestablish their livelihood.
 

In an area where over 2000 boats were destroyed new boats are in high demand. A boat yard has been set up and a team of carpenters and tradespeople are working hard to make sure people return to the sea, and their livelihoods, as quickly as possible. 

A local fisherman from Concepcion works to build a boat in Concern's boat yard.A local fisherman from Concepcion works to build a boat in Concern's boat yard.

For boats that could be salvaged Concern is providing cash grants or materials and tools so that people can get their boats repaired themselves.