Over the past two decades, the country encountered more than 274 natural calamities. The Philippines is located in the typhoon belt and in the Pacific Ring of Fire and thus is exposed to almost all types of natural hazards: typhoons, floods, landslides, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and tsunami. The geographical location and the vulnerability of the societal sphere (susceptibility, lack of coping and adaptive capacities) makes the Philippines one of the most Disaster-Prone Countries.
On November 8, 2013, Haiyan (locally named Yolanda), one of the strongest typhoons to ever make landfall on the planet, devastated the Visayas region in the Philippines. The cyclone has caused catastrophic damages in the islands of Leyte, Samar, Cebu, Northern Negros and Northern Palawan. About 14 million people have been affected and more than 6000 individuals lost their lives. Damages to buildings and roads were extreme, over 1 million houses sustained damages, with over 490,000 completely ruined.
Housing Rehabilitation Program
The objective of the program intends to build a safer and healthier living environment for the most vulnerable of those affected by typhoon Haiyan and to improve their resilience and disaster coping capabilities.
FPUA builds disaster-resilient houses which can withstand up to intensity 8 ‘earthquake’ and high velocity 275-300kph winds.
Today, more than 1000 individuals are living in safe houses built in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Philippines.
Rehabilitation site 1, Barangay Agujo, Daanbantayan, Northern Cebu
Located in the municipality of Daanbantayan, the first rehabilitation site was turned-over in November 2015, two years after typhoon Haiyan. The village is composed of 74 houses and a multi-purpose center. As of today, 432 beneficiaries are living in this disaster-resilient village.
Rehabilitation site 2, Barangay Paypay, Daanbantayan, Northern Cebu
The village is located in barangay Cayang and includes 128 houses, a health center, a day care center and a multipurpose center. The houses were turnover to the selected home partners in 2015. The construction was a partnership between the French Red Cross, the Philippines Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity Philippines and France-Philippines United Action.
Rehabilitation site 3, Barangay Cayang, Bogo, Northern Cebu
The 46 houses of the third village built by FPUA follow the same design than the ones on site 1. It was turned-over in December 2017 with our partner companies. More 200 individuals are now living in this new site where they have access to water and electricity. A multipurpose center is currently on going construction and shall be inaugurated first semester of 2018.
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We believes that having access to quality education is a way to not only attaining success but more important to escape poverty. This is why, we developed an educational sponsorship program to provide scholarships to the children from FPUA rehabilitation sites in Daanbantayan, Northern Cebu.
Since 2017, FPUA sponsors 15 underprivileged children entering grade 7 and 8 to enroll in Saint Martin De Porres Academy, high-school known for providing excellent education in Daanbantayan. FPUA takes in charge the fees for tuition, transportation, school supplies, uniforms, to lessen the financial burden on their parents.
Vulnerable and underprivileged communities are often less likely to have access to good healthcare, if any at all. France-Philippines United Action Foundation partners with international and local organizations to implement health programs in order to provide health care to the families benefiting from our housing program.
Last November 2017, we launched our first dental mission for the beneficiaries of our rehabilitation site in barangay Agujo in Daanbantayan. Through this mission, the community received free dental care and talk on education and prevention.
If you want to partner or develop with us our next health mission contact us