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Festive opening of evacuation center on the Philippines

19. April 2017 - Philippinen
In late March, people celebrated the opening of the new Marabut Evacuation Center on Samar, Philippines with an entertaining and colorful program. The multi-purpose hall was built in the context of our prevention project. In the case of tsunamis and other natural catastrophes, it can serve as a shelter for the local population.

In bright sunshine, accompanied by the music of the traditional string orchestra Marabut District Rondalla and in the presence of members of the Local Government Unit (LGU) the evacuation Center was officially opened. About six month after the start of the construction works, the guest of honor Venus Raj, beauty queen and Celebrity Advocate for Children in our partner organization Food for the Hungry Philippines, cut the ribbon

The just officially opened building is 126 square meters big, has one floor and contains six bathrooms, six comfort rooms, kitchen counters and a 2000-liter water storage tank. In the future, the LGU will take care of its maintenance. Therefore, in case of a natural disaster the center will serve as a temporary shelter for about 350 local families. Due to climate change, the number of catastrophes on the Philippines, like typhoon Haiyan in 2013, increases. To improve the resilience of rural communities in our project area we build evacuation centers and plant mangrove forests to protect the coasts. All of this happens in close cooperation with the local population.

Read here why we do not only construct buildings, but also expand caves to create shelters.