Habitat for Humanity building 300 houses for victims of disaster in Pacific

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity has a goal to build 300 homes in Fiji, Samoa and Tonga, where cyclone Winston has  destroyed a lot of homes

Habitat for Humanity’s Malcolm Whalley is looking for volunteers to join him…”we have 42 homes we want to build by November, before the typhoon season hits.”

He says it’s a challenge, but “we can build them fast, because they are traditional style homes with no walls.

And most of the components have been already constructed at the resource centre there.

Whalley says the traditional style houses are better.

Because you don’t have a solid wall for the wind to hit, and they don’t have a whole lot of furniture.

Aid organisations in Fiji are aiming to build category four and five standard shelters in badly-hit locations,

Fiji’s Director General of the Red Cross, Filipe Nainoca, is coordinating with Habitat for Humanity in that country.

He wants to to make sure each village has a building of some sort people can  gather in should a cyclone hit in the coming months.

“We are working to ensure that at least in one community, one home is built that will be safe, that can take the cyclone and can be used as a shelter.”

He says they will build 50 shelters around the island.

And  they will train local carpenters, with detailed plans for small houses measuring four by six metres.

The project will also train the community carpenters how to build back better.

They will use better building materials to construct stronger, sturdier buildings.

Building that can withstand at least up to category four or even category five cyclones.


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