Habitat for Humanity to repair homes for Typhoon Melor survivors

Manila, 17 December 2015 – As Typhoon Melor (known locally as Nona) leaves a trail of destruction and damaged homes in its wake, non-profit housing organization Habitat for Humanity Philippines has announced that it is joining the effort to assist families that were affected by this disaster. The NDRRMC has initially reported 109,065 houses damaged by the storm.

“This typhoon has stolen Christmas from thousands of families in Visayas, as many will spend their holidays in evacuation shelters. Reports of damage from our partners are rising. Although the electricity is out, Habitat for Humanity is beginning damage assessment in Mindoro, with a focus on shelter,” said Leonilo Escalada, Chief Operating Officer for Disaster Response with Habitat for Humanity Philippines.

“There is an urgent need to support families to repair and rebuild their homes. We are seeking funding to support this growing disaster response operation. The more funds we raise, the more families can be helped,” said Escalada.

Habitat for Humanity is seeking funding to implement a total of 1,000 house repairs, in order to support families to rebuild their homes and lives in the province.

Habitat for Humanity will coordinate with government agencies and partners for this disaster response operation.

Habitat has worldwide experience responding to disasters, following the earthquakes in Nepal earlier this year, the Uttarahkhand India floods and Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the Philippines in 2013 and the Haiti earthquake in 2010.