Last month one of the most powerful and deadliest typhoons on record hit the Philippines. In its aftermath, the people living on the mainland and the surrounding islands were left with the task of rebuilding their homes and their lives.
Before Typhoon Haiyan hit, Band of Brothers had been working with the local people on Molocaboc Island to build a school and footbridges for the children, as well as establish a food program for the poorest students. Our focus has since been to help with the cleanup and rebuilding efforts on the island. Thanks to many generous donors, we were able to respond quickly with food and water, and soon after with building supplies which families used to repair the roofs on their partially damaged homes. For the people on the island, these roofs not only offer shelter, but help them to collect water for drinking.
With help from local officials and the members from a civilian volunteer organization, we were also able to rebuild a temporary footbridge that connects the islands. Hopefully the local government will offer support so the local people can put a permanent concrete bridge in lieu of the one destroyed by the typhoon.
We are also working with the Mayor of Sagay and local Girl and Boy Scouts, as well as local business women and other volunteers to launch “A Dry Home for Every Child” initiative, which is an international and local team effort to help children on Molocaboc’s 3 islands have dry homes. It is estimated that between 300 to 500 homes on 3 islands of Molocaboc need major repairs. The “Dry Home” team will provide families and children quality home building supplies ranging between $50 and $500 per family and the building knowledge to make an island home which will be stronger against storms. The team will then work together with each family to complete the improvements.
We hope this effort will inspire other similar efforts around other cities in the Philippines.
If you would like to contribute, you may make a donation via BandofBrothersFoundation.org (100% of donations go to helping this island)