Living in the Philippines with my work for Kaya means I have seen first-hand some of the harsh conditions people have to struggle with on a regular basis, but I also get to see the fantastic work our volunteers do and how much it helps. Our building projects here go some way towards helping people cope with these conditions and we have some exciting news for 2013! Thanks to donations and sponsors, a new building project is starting at the end of this month.
The project aims to build an evacuation centre for a low-lying area in Palo, Leyte, which is prone to flooding. The area is just outside of Tacloban city, where you would be based as a volunteer, and is a more rural setting which is less well equipped to deal with bad weather. Currently the residents of the houses in this area have no choice but to remain stranded in their houses when the floods come, but this new building will give them somewhere else to go where they can get food and other supplies.
The centre will also double as a volunteer centre where a new nutrition project and tutorial sessions will be held for sponsored children. That means more brilliant volunteer opportunities when its finished!
If you’re interested in getting involved in the building project, then it will take around 5-6 months to complete, so if you’re thinking of volunteering between now and June, you’d be a perfect candidate! If you are skilled in a trade such as carpentry, plumbing etc. then we would definitely like to hear from you, although all help is welcome!
I would highly recommend the Philippines as a location, having lived here for 6 months and falling in love with it!
Click here for more details about the project, or contact on of the Kaya team today!
I look forward to seeing all of you builders soon!
Linda – Kaya Placement Advisor