Recycling Tarpaulins, saving lives by sheltering Typhoon Pablo Victims

Foreign University International School Manila Philippines - Recycling Tarpaulins

SFU sent an urgent flood of help to Typhoon Pablo Victims in Davao Oriental: Cate-el Kinablangan, Ban-ao.  This is in response to the need of the community for shelters/tents, temporary roofings.

by Anton Mari H. Lim

Recently some parts of the Philippines, particularly Mindanao, has been devastated by a Typhoon so strong that it didn't fit into PAGASA's standard Typhoon Intensity Grading.

In the desire to help our fellow Filipinos, a team of 6 volunteers form TZU CHI Zamboanga went to the communities Davao Oriental: Cate-el Kinablangan, Ban-ao, which are two of the many communities so remote that quick response initiatives have not have yet reached because of the overwhelming burden in nearer communities. On the 14th day of December, 2012, the team witnessed the devastation. Everything was wiped out "literally". There are no words that can compare the gravity of devastation.

Of most concern are the children who have no shelter, left under the mercy of the ravages of nature: weather with erratic rainy and sunny pattern. Imagine the children being wet from the rain then be baked under the sun after a few hours. More so living under these conditions at night.

Thus we felt the urgent need to create makeshift houses to shelter the victims while shelter and infrastructure reconstruction arrives.

Thus this advocacy was conceptualized in response to this need; a group that will spearhead the collection of tarpaulins and its mobilization to these communities to be utilized as shelters/tents, temporary roofings both residences and classroom.

An earth friendly way to recycle your used tarps, clear your warehouses and saving lives...

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