Red Cross builds Transitional schools for Yolanda Victims
by FFE PH News Staff
Nearly two months after Supertyphoon Yolanda slammed Eastern Visayas, public attention on the devastation it brought has started to die down but dedicated organizations continue to help with the transition to normalcy of the affected residents and the Philippine Red Cross is one of them.
The Philippine and Chinese Red Cross has teamed up to build transitional schools in Tacloban to help affected students go back to school sooner. Philippine Red Cross chairman Richard Gordon said that the Chinese Red Cross wanted to build shelters for residents. Gordon however convinced them to construct school rooms instead after they did not immediately find land to build the temporary homes that could be considered safe.
“I saw that there were thousands of school children in Tacloban who could benefit from this, and give them a chance to move on with their lives. Most of the effort right now is being directed to the repair or construction of houses for those who lost their homes, but we also have to think about ensuring that the kids can go back to school as quick as possible,” Gordon said.
The transitional project is expected to produce 166 classrooms with an area of 60sqm each. The classrooms will accommodate 2,600 students. Yolanda has destroyed 51 of the 54 schools in Tacloban with the remaining three needing major repairs.
Aside from the temporary classrooms in Tacloban, the Philippine Red Cross, with the help of the Spanish Red Cross, has provided potable water for the affected families.
The Philippine Red Cross also continues with their food relief drive for the affected residents, including distributions of sleeping materials and shelter repair kits:
With the continuing help from local and international organizations to help with their rehabilitation, residents in the affected areas remain optimistic, even celebrating Christmas with smiles:
Typhoon Yolanda hit the Philippines last 8 November, killing over 6,000 and affecting more than 12 million residents.