Six months after Typhoon Haiyan wreaked its path of destruction across central Philippines, your support means the rebuilding efforts are in full swing. Thousands of people gave generously to help Filipinos survive the disaster—now we’re helping families back onto their feet.
On the island of Leyte—one of the areas hardest struck by the super storm—your generosity is seeing hundreds of homes built for Compassion assisted families.
More than bricks, mortar and timber, the rebuilt homes are a daily reminder that people care and help is on the way. The finished homes give families a chance for normalcy, a safe refuge—and a future that has hope.
The following photos show the difference this help is making.
A water buffalo helps carry a load in front of the model house for the rebuilding efforts. Each new house will replicate the 8 x 12 metre model, which is fitted with a kitchen, windows for ventilation, a toilet and an underground septic tank.
Local Compassion staff and volunteers frequently refer to the master plan which shows the location of the houses needing to be rebuilt.
Since the typhoon, the Filipino tradition of ‘bayanihan’—a spirit of community that makes seemingly impossible feats possible through unity and cooperation—has been stronger than ever. Many people have rallied together, supporting and helping one another to help rebuild their homes.
Jimmy Mellado (R) looks on during the construction process. The Compassion International President travelled to the Philippines to assist with the disaster relief efforts.
As the construction continues on safe homes that can withstand future storms, your support is doing more than rebuilding houses—it is rebuilding lives.
It’s not too late to donate to Compassion’s annual appeal, Buildings for Kids—you’ll give thousands of children and families the protection and hope that new, safe buildings help provide.
By Zoe Noakes