In November 2013 Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most distructive typhoons in history, bent the Philippines and especially the Camotes Islands where Kito Onlus decided to intervene. During her mission in the Phillipines in January 2014 Paola, the President of Kito Onlus, after a meeting with ICLEI SouthEast Asia Director, travelled to the city of San Francisco in the Camotes Islands, which was selected as beneficiary of our Emergency Fund.
People living in that area were able to rebuild their lives also thanks to the “Cash for Work” project, implemented by Kito Onlus in partnership with ICLEI – South-East Asia. This project provided the local population with a temporary employment in public projects in order to give them the opportunity to restart the economy and their everyday life; activities included the coastal clean up and the mangrove reforestation and planting. Thanks to this temporary employment, twenty-five families were able to buy the materials for the rehabilitation of their houses.
Last February our President Paola, together with our Field Assistant intern Liliana, went to the Philippines in order to monitor the progresses and the goals reached so far. Once they arrived in San Francisco they had the opportunity to visit two of the twenty-five houses which have been rebuilt. The houses, which are made by light materials, susch as wooden planks, boards, bamboo, straw and metal sheets, are a perfect example of traditional architecture. Even if these houses are not strong enough to resist to another typhoon or to another natural disaster, the project helped the local community to make a step forward towards normality.