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Projects Abroad volunteers present typhoon survivor with new home

Philippine woman receives key to new house four years after Typhoon Haiyan

Projects Abroad building volunteers present the key to a newly built house to a Typhoon Haiyan survivor

Projects Abroad building volunteers present the key to a newly built house to a Typhoon Haiyan survivor

TORONTO – October 11, 2017 – Nearly four years after surviving Typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines in 2013, a local woman has been presented with the key to a new house built by Projects Abroad volunteers. Construction on the house began earlier this year, and volunteers from countries including the United States, Japan and the United Kingdom combined their efforts to build it. Projects Abroad continues to provide assistance in the Philippines in the form of rebuilding classrooms, schools, and ablution facilities, to benefit communities in the long-term.

The Philippines is not the only country where Projects Abroad volunteers are actively involved in providing support to communities that continue to suffer from damage caused by natural disasters. In March this year, Cyclone Enawo caused devastation on the island nation of Madagascar. Last month, batches of nursery saplings that had grown enough after being planted immediately after the cyclone, were re-planted in a national park by conservation volunteers. This is part of an ongoing reforestation effort by Projects Abroad's Madagascar team. Volunteers also helped complete a bridge damaged by the cyclone to provide access to the national park.

Sri Lanka experienced large flooding in May this year, to which Projects Abroad responded by sending medical volunteers to conduct health checks in affected communities. After the devastating 2015 earthquake in Nepal, Projects Abroad immediately launched their Disaster Relief program which ran for more than a year, and today continue to send volunteers on their Building Project to construct school classrooms that were destroyed in the earthquake.

Natural disasters can set communities back for many years, who without outside assistance can struggle to recover fully. "To see our volunteers give a gift as big as a new house to someone who has been suffering for years makes doing what we do so rewarding," says Ligaya Basalo, Projects Abroad staff member in the Philippines. "Hearing success stories encourages us to continue helping in as many areas as we can, and we are looking forward to seeing more like her receive new homes, toilet facilities, schools, etc. Our goals cannot be achieved without continued volunteer assistance, so we need more volunteers to join us to help more communities."

When mother nature strikes, thousands can be left helpless and in need of immediate and continued intervention. Projects Abroad is always ready to help where it can, to facilitate disaster relief and to continue seeing communities recover fully and thrive once more.

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