The University of the Philippines Visayas -Tacloban College ‘86, in partnership with Gawad Kalinga Canada and GK Philippines, is holding a fundraising drive to build a GK Village comprising 20 houses for the survivors of typhoon Haiyan in Central Visayas, Philippines.
UPVTC86 is appealing to the generosity of those who have something to spare to help in the realization of the project. Donations will go to the purchase of construction materials that will cost Cdn$3,500 for each house. For its part, GK Philippines will provide the sweat equity needed for the construction as well as the properties in Leyte City, Tacloban where the houses will be built.
UPVTC86 aims to help Haiyan survivors beyond “buckets and blankets,” empower them to rebuild their lives and participate in government efforts in decision-making and planning for disaster management and risk reduction.
The latest report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council showed that about PhP19.5 billion (US$439.1 million) worth of infrastructure and PhP20.2 billion (US$454.9 million) worth of crops and agricultural equipment were destroyed when the super typhoon slammed the Visayas on Nov. 8, last year. The death toll was reported at 6,201, with 28,626 reported injured and 2000 still missing. Meanwhile, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies reported that 4 million people have been displaced from their homes while thousands remain homeless.
Donations of $20 or more made to GKC for this project will be issued charitable receipts on the fourth week of January, 2015. The UPVTC86 and GKC partnership is consistent with the GKC mandate to help build permanent shelters in the Philippines for those in dire need. GKC is supporting the rehabilitation, relocation and reconstruction efforts of GK Philippines for typhoon Haiyan survivors.
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