- Posted August 21, 2013 by
ShelterBox toolkits help rebuild lives in typhoon-hit Philippines
Typhoon Utor hit Luzon, one of the main Philippine islands, early last week. Rebuilding efforts have been hampered as even the family-run small hardware businesses have been destroyed and are therefore unable to supply the communities’ needs.
ShelterBox is filling this need by sending toolkits prepositioned in Clark, Manila to be distributed in the area.
"In my eight deployments, this is the toughest challenge I have ever had to face in terms of traveling through very rough terrain simply to reach the affected area," said response member, Liz Odell.
"The community in Casiguran has no basic equipment to help them make repairs to their homes so the toolkits will be vital in the displaced people’s ability to begin rebuilding their lives."
Fearing for their lives
The toolkits will help people like Mrs. Zaliver Baranguy Lual, who lost her house and her family’s livelihood, a small store on their property. While she huddled with her four children, her husband tried to keep their belongings secured under tarps. Fearing for their lives, they took shelter in a neighbor’s masonry home. That home, in turn, lost its roof during the storm and they were forced out again.
"We were hugging all together and crying, frightened that we were all going to die, for several hours as the storm continued through the night," said Lual.
Thanks to ShelterBox's generous supporters worldwide, Lual, her family and the rest of the community in Casiguran have the opportunity to start over and not only rebuild their homes but also their livelihoods.
ShelterBox USA is an international nonprofit organization committed to providing humanitarian relief in the form of equipment and materials that bring shelter, warmth and dignity to people made homeless by natural and other disasters such as earthquake, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict.
Since 2000, highly-trained ShelterBox Response Team volunteers have responded following more than 200 disasters in over 90 countries by delivering boxes of aid and other supplies to the most vulnerable families. Each iconic green ShelterBox is custom-packed depending on the disaster but typically contains a high-quality family tent, water filter, cook stove, blankets and other essential tools to help families rebuild their lives. Donations can be made at www.shelterboxusa.org, (941) 907-6036 or via text by sending SHELTER to 20222 for a one-time $10 donation.