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.
For most of the year the centre is used to host Buklod Tao's impactful community development projects. But without windows even moderate rain would disrupt these projects.
During typhoons the centre is intended to provide a safe refuge for sixty evacuated families. But with protection, sanitation and water supply all limited only a very few could benefit from the building's protection.
So, since the autumn of 2014 we have been working to gradually complete the centre so that it can protect and benefit vulnerable families whatever the weather.
Although we still need to raise over £8,000 (around $11,500) in total to complete the work, we are tackling the project in stages, one brick wall and window at a time. So, your donations will have an immediate impact, even as we continue to fundraise.
You can get more information about this project by reading our project reports on GlobalGiving.
Updates: December 2015 to Present
Starting in December of 2015 we began to build the missing brick walls on the third floor. We also began to render these walls and others that were left unprotected after the initial construction period ended. We also began installing the missing windows to begin making the third floor 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.