Tacloban 7 months after Typhoon Haiyan

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TACLOBAN, PHILIPPINES (CNN) — When Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the Philippines seven months ago, thousands of people were killed, millions were displaced, and many survivors had their lives changed forever.

While there’s been progress, the rebuilding has been slow.

It’s all Juvilyn Tanega has now. Pictures of her family stored on a mobile phone.

Her six children, husband, and mother all died when one of the most powerful storms ever recorded smashed into the Philippines.

Now she lives alone in a sweltering tent without electricity.

Just a few meters from where she last saw her family.

Would she like to leave?

“Yes. There are only bad memories here for me,” Tanega said.

But six months after Typhoon Haiyan, leaving is still not an option.

The U.N. estimates more than 100,000 people here in the storm zone still live in tents, waiting for better housing.

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Estancia pledges support to UN-Habitat shelter recovery project

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Originally posted on Rebuilding for a better urban future:

UN Habitat, together with its partner, Hilti Foundation, recently held a meeting with the town administrators of Estancia to discuss the Post-Yolanda Support for Safer Homes and Settlement Project, which identified a potential beneficiary community in Poblacion Zone 1 of the municipality.

Project Manager, Mr. Robert Deutsch, introduced UN Habitat’s plan of constructing typhoon-resistant houses for over 600 families in various parts of Western Visayas that were devastated by Yolanda. He also added that the project would also cover the training of local skilled workers on building robust shelters and the repair and improvement of key community infrastructures.  

Ms. Nerissa Piamonte discussed the integration of Hilti Foundation’s bamboo shelter model into the core house design. The organization strongly advocates the optimization of locally available and sustainable construction materials.

Standing in for Mayor Rene Cordero, the executive administrators, Ms. Ninfa Nacionales and Ms. Lina Acosta, expressed their gratitude to UN…

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Nazarene Disaster Response

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For the past month I’ve been in Tacloban, which is the city hit by typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan last year. In a lot of ways the city is back to normal. Many businesses have reopened and people are attempting to find a normal pace of life. But for thousands of people here there is no real going back to normal. It’s being reported that 14,000 families are still living in tents. Many of the people affected by the storm were living along the shoreline. With the typhoon came a 20 foot surge wave, nearly destroying everything, and washing thousands of people back out to the ocean. Many of the survivors are living in what are now “no build zones”, which has been designated for the first 40 meters from the water, or have already been relocated to temporary housing.

The organization I’m working with here is the Nazarene Disaster Response or NDR…

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Houses for the People of Tanauan Leyte: Target Reached & Surpassed! And We are Not Stopping!

Originally posted on One Day At A Time:

Proposed House Model Tanauan

This little sketch was all Ptr Joel had to go by. He had received this vision from the Lord one or two days before Ptr Zaldie (his former bible school student) connected us in January. And I was not the only one, for the Lord started leading others to Ptr Joel as he moved by faith to begin what is today known as the BuildHope Project.

10299920_899730656709761_6471502810096664464_nMy personal target was to raise funds to build 20 houses for families who have lost their homes; by end of 2014. To the praise and glory of God, this target was reached on Sunday 6 July when funds were received for House #19 and House #20! The next day, I received another email and funds were pledged for House #21! And we still have six months to go before we reach the end of the year! Truly, our God is able to…

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UN-Habitat and Local Partners Collaborate on Design for 610 Resilient Homes in Capiz

Originally posted on Rebuilding for a better urban future:

UN-Habitat Project Manager Robert Deutsch and Shelter Expert Chrispin Ojiambo at a design meeting with UAP members  Emmanuel Espino, Al Berdugo, and Edver Francisco.

UN-Habitat Project Manager Robert Deutsch and Shelter Expert Chrispin Ojiambo at a design meeting with UAP members Emmanuel Espino, Al Berdugo, and Edver Francisco.

As part of the Post-Yolanda Support for Safer Homes and Settlement Project funded by the Government of Japan, UN-Habitat will be building 610 houses in  around 30 communities in the provinces of Capiz and Iloilo.  As the project operates using a community-driven approach, it also includes the training of local skilled workers on construction methods for building strong shelters, as well as the repair and improvement of key community infrastructure such as drainages.

Design of the shelters was developed in collaboration with  the Capiz chapter of the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) while the structural integrity was checked by the Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines.  The design is now being finalized even as  technical site assessment and beneficiary selection are ongoing.

Study models of the wooden roof structure. Study models…

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On-site Assessments in Capiz for Potential Shelter Project Beneficiaries

Originally posted on Rebuilding for a better urban future:

Rogie Alcazaren and family and the remnants of their home—in which they still reside.

Rogie Alcazaren and family and the remnants of their home—in which they still reside.

On 20 and 23 June, technical assessments were conducted in Belle Village HOAI (Home Owners’ Association Inc.) community in the municipality of Pontevedra, Capiz.  Ninety-five households submitted applications for  reconstruction assistance.  UN-Habitat technical team visited each household to assess the extent of the damage, to check lot boundaries, and to interview the applicants about their current living conditions. While some applicants temporarily live with relatives outside the community, many continue to live in their damaged homes after having done some repairs themselves with salvaged materials. Many of these  repaired houses had not been built back safer and were found to be unsafe and unlikely to withstand future typhoons. In the case of Rogie Alcazaren in Belle Village III, his house was heavily damaged. Despite that, his family (with seven children) had no other option but to…

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Women in Panay Actively Step Up in Their Own Rehabilitation

Originally posted on Rebuilding for a better urban future:

UN-Habitat Community Mobilizing & Training Officer Maria Elvira Borlagdan Duka explains the beneficiary selection criteria and the people-centered process of housing reconstruction by UN-Habitat.

UN-Habitat Community Mobilizing & Training Officer Maria Elvira Borlagdan Duka explains the beneficiary selection criteria and the people-centered process of housing reconstruction by UN-Habitat. Photos by Tomoko Matsushita.

On 9 July, UN-Habitat community organizers met with the Home Owners’ Association Inc. (HOAI) members of Pawa in the municipality of Panay, Capiz. In this coastal community, majority of the men are out at sea where their work and livelihoods are based. As a result, 90% of those who attended the meeting were women.

In the meeting, community members were briefed on their new role as UN-Habitat partners and the organization’s upcoming projects designed to help rehabilitate Haiyan-affected areas. More importantly, criteria for becoming beneficiaries of UN-Habitat shelter projects were discussed in detail, and families were urged to complete and submit information sheets that were handed out if they felt that they met the criteria.

The meeting also discussed upcoming training sessions…

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Mitigating Potential Issues In Selecting Project Beneficiaries, Estancia

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Criteria for beneficiary selection were individually discussed at the community action plan workshop.

Criteria for beneficiary selection were individually discussed at the community action plan workshop. Photos by Tomoko Matsushita.

On 12 July, community organizers of UN-Habitat visited Samahang Urban ng Maralitang Mamamayan (SUMAMA, Local Association of Urban Poor Communities) – Home Owners Association Inc. (HOAI) in the municipality of Estancia to conduct the shelter project’s first community action plan (CAP) workshop, where community needs and issues were discussed with residents and HOAI officers. Approximately 35 members actively participated throughout the three-hour session, which included an announcement of the list of tentative project beneficiaries.

Among many community infrastructure issues raised, priority was given to drainage improvement. Several residents’ lots have a creek running right in the middle, making the lots unsuitable for building anything on them. HOAI already requested the local government to resolve this by infilling or realigning the existing creek.

Payment of household mortgage arrears was second on the list of…

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