Also to assist in the reconstruction of houses
Over the next week, ARCORES Cebu will distribute 26 high-quality solar lamps to those affected by Typhoon Rai (Odette in the Philippines) on the island of Olango. Each lamp has cost Php 2,500, although the market price is Php 4,000. In addition to the distribution of these products, the specific situations of the families will be studied in order to establish a housing reconstruction plan.
In order to assist the people of this small island between Cebu and Bohol, ARCORES Cebu coordinates with Puyson Kinahayan, a movement formed by committed people whose purpose is to empower communities, especially the most vulnerable ones, to protect people and the planet.
Families without livelihoods
On December 16, 2021, Typhoon Rai made landfall in Cebu and tore through the island of Olango, destroying the roofs and walls of every house in its path. The sources of livelihood for the many local residents are tourism and fishing. The destruction not only left thousands of families homeless, but also without a livelihood, as fishing boats were destroyed and borders were closed.
The island of Olango was not included in the priority list of relief operations, leaving its 40,000 inhabitants in a miserable situation. With no communication available, people waited for many days until help arrived. Although the typhoon’s impact pushed families to their limits, the affected communities are beginning to rebuild their lives in the wake of the devastation.