Livelihoods & Evacuation Centre
Our partner Buklod Tao are the caretakers of the Banaba Livelihood and Evacuation Centre.
The main structure of the centre was built by another NGO but their funding ran out before work could be completed.
While some of the building was usable the upper floors were missing windows, and sometimes even walls, when the initial construction period ended.
The centre was also left without a mains water supply and only had two working bathrooms. Since the autumn of 2014 we have been working to gradually complete the centre so that it can protect and benefit vulnerable families.
You can get more information about this project by reading our project reports on GlobalGiving.
Updates: December 2016
At the end of 2016 we began our latest round of work at the centre, and we marked a major milestone by completing the last of the external rendering.
We also laid a final, colourful coat of cement to give the building three fully finished concrete floors at long last.
Updates: May to August 2016
Over the summer of 2016 we continued to render large sections of the building that were left unprotected after their original construction. We also undertook essential maintanance work on the building's original doors and water supply.
We also supported the construction of a flood rescue boat workshop on the building's top floor. This boat project helps to protect the community, and also provides a valuable income stream for the locally trained boat builders.
Updates: December 2015 to April 2016
In December of 2015 we began building missing brick walls on the third floor. We rendered the new walls, and others that were left unprotected when the initial construction period ended. We also installed the third floor windows to make the whole building watertight at last.
We provided just over £2,000 (around $3,000) of funding for this work in December 2015, and a further £1,700 (around $2,500) in February of 2016.
Updates: Autumn 2014
In the autumn of 2014 we helped to make the building’s second floor watertight and secure. We also finished construction work on the centre's second and third floor bathrooms.
This work doubled the amount of usable space in the center and it also doubled the amount of usable sanitation facilities.
We also installed a rainwater harvesting system and pump to provide a water supply.
The rainwater harvesting system can store over 650 gallons and we helped train Buklod Tao in how to sterilise the contained water. This means families evacuated during typhoons can now receive safe drinking water without outside help being necessary.
Outside of typhoons one of the community development projects based at the centre involves teaching urban vegetable gardening to families. This provides families with better nutrition and more food security.
So, we supported this project’s growth through the construction of a greenhouse at the centre for seedlings.