Krizzia Bacoy’s life was left in pieces following the disaster. Typhoon Haiyan, the largest to ever make landfall, swept across the Philippines leaving the then 23-year-old mother-of-two clinging to a tree and holding her youngest son close to her just so they could survive.
Fast forward almost two years and that story already seems a lifetime away. The memories are still raw, but now Mrs Bacoy is the proud owner of a two-story disaster resilient home in Tacloban, thanks to the work of All Hands Volunteers.
Over the course of nine months, the American NGO helped build 42 homes in Tacloban for the survivors of Haiyan. Situated close to the waterfront, the Barangay (Filipino terminology for village) 83-C stood little chance of survival when a 3m storm surge rolled in, wiping out everything in its path.
One thing to be flattened in that storm was Mrs Bacoy’s house that she shared with her husband and two young children. In the weeks followed the family sought refuge with friends and relatives.
Mrs Bacoy, who worked as a translator for All Hands Volunteers in the community, was one of the beneficiaries to receive a home and is gushing in her praise for an organization which offered her family a second chance.
“I just wanted to thank you All Hands Volunteers for fulfilling my dream. My greatest dream for my kids is to give them a safe and proper home,” she said.
“I never imagined that I can have a two-story house because I know that our income was just enough for our families need and we don’t have a proper budget for building a house. I can’t really explain what I’m feeling. All I know is just that you helped me and my family renew our living situation.”
Such a seemingly simple dream deserved to be made a reality. It took one month from start to finish for volunteers and local skilled carpenters to complete the building of the Bacoy family home.
A deconstruction team began the process, taking down the existing and damaged building that this Filipino family had once called home. Following that a groundwork team moved in, laying the foundations for the new home and installing a double chamber septic tank so the family can have their own personal bathroom.
Lastly, it was the carpentry team’s turn as they used locally sourced cocoa lumber to build on the foundations. This team put in place a superstructure, joists, floors, walls, stairs and everything required to provide the Bacoy family and every previous beneficiary a place they can call home.
It is certainly a sentiment that Mrs Bacoy feels strongly about.
“All Hands Volunteers have been a big part of our life,” she added. “Every time and every day that we spend in the house we will always remember all the moments that you’ve been around. All the effort, hard work and happiness that you’ve shared and shown us.
“You don’t just give us a dignified home but you also shared a reminder to us to be always nice and good to everyone. Thank you very much. God bless to all of you.”
Republished on behalf of Dom Bryant.
Original article here.