When Typhoon Haiyan roared through the Philippines in early November 2013, more than 6,000 Filipinos lost their lives, and millions lost everything they owned, including their houses. The overwhelming immediate need was for relief workers to ensure that those who survived the onslaught of the storm receive basic necessities: food, water, and temporary shelter.
One of the long-term needs is to help the millions who lost houses to rebuild permanent structures. Many of these people have little or no resources with which to build. The devastation was centered in Leyte and Samar Islands, but the storm path also affected Northern Cebu Island and the many small islands before and beyond that point.
REMEMBER THE POOR, the humanitarian arm of MCNI, Inc. has identified a barangay (neighborhood) near the town of San Remegio in Northwestern Cebu to work on repair or reconstruction projects. In speaking with one pastor alone, it was noted that 90% of the members of his church had completely lost their homes.
It is estimated that for $2,500 US a small but sturdy and complete house can be built, with concrete block foundation concrete floor, wood walls, and metal roof. We have already begun to rebuild the first of perhaps 20-30 houses in this area belonging to the widowed mother of the pastor, shown here in the photos.