Super Typhoon Haiyan was one of the worst natural disasters on record to hit the Philippines. In November 2013, wind gusts of up to 273km/h swept away already weathered homes, and terrified families had little protection against the raging storm and flood-waters.
Over 6,000 people were killed and nearly 30,000 injured during the typhoon.
More than 1 million homes were destroyed or damaged.The province of Leyte was one of the hardest hit areas and has been selected as a site for Habitat for Humanity’s rebuilding efforts.
To date, 10 new homes have been constructed in the municipality of Javier in Leyte. These homes are some of the first permanent houses in the global recovery effort and have been funded with $25,000 in donations from Australian supporters.
A further $25,000 was generously donated by our partner Boral, an international building and construction materials company with operations in Australia, the USA and across Asia.
Although it has been over a year since the typhoon struck, there is still much work to be done. An estimated 1.3 million people are living in temporary bunk houses and tent cities, some sharing with multiple families and without access to water and electricity.
Habitat for Humanity is working alongside families to build new homes designed to resist future typhoons.