Through your generosity and through the generosity of Gawad Kalinga NY, NJ, and Delaware supporters, we have been able to raise USD$100,700.00.
FULLY FUNDED, Target Build to Begin on November 2016
Our village is part of a project that targets to build a total of 72 houses, employing skilled labor and volunteerism and sweat equity among the beneficiaries. Through your generosity, a row of 20 houses will be built under the umbrella ofNYers for The Philippines. Two other organizations, The Rotary Club of Manila and United Laboratories, will each build villages surrounding ours, forming a community.
The community will be built in Batad, a municipality that is located on the northern tip of Iloilo Province that is 120 kilometers from the capital, Iloilo City. Batad is composed of 24 barangays (district or ward), 19 of them being inland while 5 are in the coastal area. Rehabilitation from Typhoon Haiyan is slow in this municipality. The site sits in 1 1- hectare land that is 5 kilometers away from the coast and 3 kilometers from the town proper. It is also less than a kilometer from national highway. The land was donated by JV Robias, a local family living in Batad.
The beneficiaries are currently poor families living in the coastal areas, displaced fishermen, and those living in the low lands. In choosing resident beneficiaries, the requirement is that they are the poorest of the poor. Local Government will provide a list to Gawad Kalinga and they in turn will validate and screen the beneficiaries. The list of beneficiaries will be finalized once they have completed their sweat equity, this making them more a partner rather than a recipient of charity.
Both The Rotary Club and Unilab have begun construction on their villages. NYers for The Philippines is next in queue. The target date for completion for the first two villages is on November, which means that we can start the lay out and begin with the foundation and brick-laying phase at that time
Our next phase is to ensure that the families that we take in are equipped to be economically independent through the GKonomics related livelihood enterprises that are specifically recommended for the particular skill set of the community. We are recommending that GKonomics lay out projects that is close to our hearts and that is able to make use of the natural resources around them, Rich in agriculture, we would like to explore food production (eg jams, preserves, candies, etc) with the hopes of being able to develop a product line and sell it in the local market.
So while we await to break ground in November, on behalf of all of us NYers for The Philippines, I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your support and generosity in helping to provide 20 families with the dignity of a home and wish that you continue to join us in ensuring that they face a bright future.