Adequate shelter for the poor is one of the Philippines’ main challenges. There is a desperate need for all sectors to work together to resolve this crisis.
One hundred low cost, disaster-proof homes equipped with power and sanitation will be built on Negros Island on land granted by the Government. The beneficiaries’ contribution will be “Sweat Equity” whereby they assist the nominated builder by providing labouring services such as clearing, painting or housekeeping. In the process, they also learn skills which sometimes allows them to work abroad with certified training from the project’s builder. If a family is physically incapable of providing ‘sweat equity’, discussions begin through which to find a way forwards. An equitable arrangement is sought so that no one is excluded.
Shelter, however, in the absence of livelihoods (employment), schooling, health and community will not build pathways out of poverty in the longer term therefore this project will also focus on helping families build quality livelihoods.
Key Areas of Investment
Project management of build, including ‘sweat equity’ of homeowners
Life Skills Program