Group collects cash donations to help ‘Yolanda’ survivors rebuild homes

November 18, 2013 7:18 am 

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, Nov 17 (PNA) — An environmental group on Sunday initiated a drive to help families affected by typhoon ‘Yolanda’ reconstruct their houses by using the cash donations they receive to purchase carpentry kits.

A carpentry kit will consist of a standard hammer, a kilo of nails, plier, handsaw and 100 feet of nylon rope, the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) said in a statement.

“In the recovery phase, the common need of survivor families is to rebuild their homes, most of which are made of wooden exterior walls, bamboo or wooden posts and flooring, and corrugated iron sheet or else grass roofs,” the group said.

“Many families however that have moved more quickly to recovery lack the basic carpentry tools for these types of materials,” it added.

GAIA also suggested that usable materials from destroyed houses and buildings can be reused to rebuild homes.

The group will be soliciting and accepting cash donations until Dec. 31.

GAIA is a worldwide alliance of more than 650 grassroots groups, non-governmental organizations, and individuals in over 90 countries whose ultimate vision is a just, toxic-free world without incineration.

Its Philippine office is located at Unit 330, Eagle Court Condominium, 26 Matalino Street, Barangay Central Quezon City and can be contacted through telefax: +632 – 436 4733 and e-mail, info@no-burn.org. (PNA)

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