Friday, 8 August 2014

Red Cross builds typhoon resistant homes in the Philippines

A step by step photographic guide to building typhoon resistant houses/shelters or homes as I prefer to call them, in the Philippines by the Philippine Red Cross Society for those who lost houses during Typhoon Haiyan (Yolande).  Photographs provided by Heike Kemper Shelter delegate Swiss Red Cross who is working with German Red Cross and PRC in Capiz.

                                                         Laying out the ground plan.

                                                             Shelter from the storm.

 Below, a critical design feature, affixing the typhoon strap which holds the roof structure to beams which are strongly cemented in the ground.

Heike Kemper above (left)
Heike Kemper from the Swiss Red Cross  (2nd from R) with the Philippine Red Cross construction team in Capiz. This is what she said, "You are wonderful people who in just 2 weeks learned how to manage a construction site on your own. I could not be more proud. :):):)" Great to see so many females in the team.