Housing panels are stacked up in the back and covered with tarps waiting for their final destination. We are now in the process of assessing the sites where they will be set up. Each site poses its own set of difficulties. Some need a wall or two other need complete demolition of a partially demolished house and others need totally relocated because the ground their home was sitting on is no longer safe. Our original design of woven bamboo walls has been replaced with sheets of plywood since the “Amacon” (bamboo walls) are no longer available. The area where they were produced was one of the hardest hit by the earthquake.
What we need now are volunteers who are willing to come and help with the following:
* Removing ruble
* Keeping children entertained and out of the way of the construction crews and falling debris.
* Skilled craftsmen to help head up the crews
* Painting the new houses
* Help build housing panels
The list of needs are endless. We do have dormitory style rooms or regular hotel rooms available with 24/7 electricity at a reduced rate for volunteers at our Dao Diamond Hotel www.daodiamond.com. For the more adventurous travelers, bring along a tent and camp stove and we’ll set you up on site.
Circus and Grace with Supporters without Borders recently joined our volunteer team and arrived straight from Kolkata , India. They are going to be helping with our work in Ormoc, Leyte assessing the needs of those devastated by the typhoon.
Several of our Transitional Houses have already been put in place. Percy and her sister are now enjoying a brand new home. They both work as Fly Tie workers for IDEA . They love having their own space as they were all huddled together with extended family before. She is so proud of her new home and wants to paint it blue to match her eyes.