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"Canada Gives Hope to Cebuanos"

(L-R) Floyd Esparaz of Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area and wife Aimee with Habitat for Humanity Philippines Managing Director & CEO Charlie Ayco, Chief Marketing Officer Yvonne Lih, and Head for Volunteer Programs Francis MacatuladNovember 8, 2013 remains unforgettable to most Filipinos as this was the fateful day that Super Typhoon Yolanda, with international name “Haiyan”, made landfall. The super typhoon affected 16 million Filipinos and wrought over Php 39 Billion in damages, heavily affecting the Central Visayan Region. The world responded with an outpour of love and sacrifice. Stories of selflessness surfaced as street kids donated, not minding that they themselves don’t have enough to go by, but instead gave what little scraps they have because they understood the plight of their fellow countrymen.

Recognizing the need and the urgency of the situation, Habitat for Humanity Canada promptly responded by gathering aid from various donors and partnered with the Philippine national affiliate in funding the construction of 18 core houses amounting to Php3,600,000.00, for the residents of Barangay Agujo, located in the island group of Daanbantayan in Northern Cebu, and 250 Shelter Repair Kits (SRK), amounting to Php3,750,000.00 for the residents of Kanangga, Leyte.

Each disaster resilient home will have 22 square meters to house a four member family with a provision for a 10 square meter pocket garden, is designed specifically with a “hyperbolic paraboloid shape” or “Hypar” roofing by social architect Edric Florentino to withstand up to intensity 8 earthquakes and 275 kilometer per hour winds.

In helping provide for one of the basic human needs of the fishermen and farmers in the region, Canadians, through Habitat for Humanity Canada, will not only be building homes, but build communities and transform lives as well.