Typhoon Haiyan: giving shelter

29/11/2013

Tarpaulins boxed up and waiting for delivery to the Philippines after Typhoon HaTarpaulins boxed up and waiting for delivery to the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan.

The tarpaulins and other materials on arrival in the Philippines. CARE shelter expert, Gabriel Fernandez de Pino inspects the shelter kits sent from Canada to Tacloban, one of the hardest-hit areas by Typhoon Haiyan. He is impressed by the rapid progress in Tacloban in the last two weeks.“You can feel the spirit of resiliency and recovery. In spite of everything they have lost, the people smile and work to rebuild.”

Tarpaulins and other building materials arrived in the Philippines.Tarpaulins and other building materials arrived in the Philippines.

To date these kits have reached 7,500 people in Albuera, Tolosa and Tacloban. The kits are intended to help families repair and rebuild in a way which responds to their immediate needs, such as shelter from the weather.

A man does what he can to rebuild his house on the island of Leyte in the Philippines.A man does what he can to rebuild his house on the island of Leyte in the Philippines.


A villager works to rebuild what is left of his house. Many are in his position. Including Frank Faluguera, a father of two young children who's family are staying with relatives until he can rebuild something of a home.
 
“I was away when the typhoon hit and returned to find my house and shop totally flattened,” says Frank, sifting through the rubble. “Now all I can do is salvage bits of metal. It will take such a long time and try to get back to normal. What I need are the materials to rebuild my home again.”
 
These shelter kits should provide just that.