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Stronger homes emerge following typhoon

March 12, 2014

Rebuilding homes in the Philippines.
Cornelio, father of James and Cyrus (top left), works with neighbors to
rebuild his family's home.

Shortly after Typhoon Haiyan swept through the Philippines, Unbound interviewed two brothers whose family home had been destroyed. The area around the home was devastated, including the coconut trees they depended upon for additional income.

James and Cyrus's lives were changed dramatically, and months after the storm's passing, their lives continue to change.

In the wake of the typhoon, Unbound staff members in the Philippines went to work assessing the damage. Items such as clothing and school supplies were replaced quickly, but rebuilding homes and businesses takes more time.

Cyrus and his father built a temporary shelter next to what was left of their home, and in January they were able to start rebuilding.

Like many of the homes in the Central Visayas region, their family home was made from bamboo, palm trees and nipa palm. Unfortunately, these local resources were also affected by the storm.

The lack of these materials and the destruction of the family's home created the opportunity to rethink the standard rebuilding process. With funds contributed to the Disaster Assistance Fund by sponsors and other donors, Unbound was able to provide better building materials for families rebuilding and repairing homes damaged by the typhoon.

Cyrus, James and their family.
James (third from right) and Cyrus (right) stand with their family in front
of the site of their new home.

Unbound support provided cinder blocks, concrete and other materials so families like James and Cyrus's could build sturdy homes that are less likely to blow over in future storms.

"I'm so thankful to Unbound for this help," said Josefina, mother of James and Cyrus. "I never expected that they would give us these materials that are for a really strong construction of houses.

"I am really happy seeing my husband, my children and some of our friends working on our new house. It is really made in sturdy materials now!

"Not like before, when heavy rain comes, it would also rain inside our house because of small holes in our roof. My family can start all over again."

Cyrus, who will be graduating college this spring, was also appreciative of the additional assistance made possible by the donations of sponsors and others sent to the Disaster Assistance Fund.

"From the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much for your support and help," Cyrus said. "This is the first time that my family would be able to live in a fully concrete house.

"Everything that is happening right now is a blessing for us," Cyrus continued. "I know that God has a good plan for us."

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