Rebuilding Hope in the Philippines

After Typhoon Haiyan, we stayed up in the hills for around two weeks. Our house was totally destroyed, a crumbled ruin, and we had nowhere to go. There was a lot of crying.

Annabel Toring, Habitat homeowner, Philippines

Annabel Toring’s home was one of 1 million homes destroyed by the earthquake that struck Bohol on 15 October 2013. Super Typhoon Haiyan was one of the strongest and deadliest storms in history.

When it smashed into the Philippines it caused widespread destruction. Some 16 million people were affected, four million people were displaced and 6,300 people were killed.

When the 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Bohol, Annabel Toring and her husband Richard Toring, gathered their young family – son Ryam and daughters Rea and Rheam – and ran for the hills behind their house.

They erected a tent next to the remains of their old house and were still living there when Typhoon Haiyan brought strong winds and heavy rain to Bohol.

“There was lots of crying.”

Annabel and her family moved into their new earthquake- and typhoon-resistant Habitat home, built in exactly the same spot as their old one in Bohol, in February 2014.  The house design features a new bamboo-reinforced concrete technology that provides extra strength and flexibility during severe weather and natural disasters.

The safe, secure home will provide the family with a solid foundation to rebuild their lives.

“Now, we’re happy to be in a nice, safe home.”



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