Fill the S.H.I.P. to Baranguy Batug
$1,105 of $10,000 goal
What is SHIP?
~ Sustainable Housing in the Philippines ~
This entity has been created for one purpose. We seek to provide the people of Batug with the means to help them recover their homes from the super typhoon Yolanda. Our page can be found on Facebook , where the description tells all the details about who we are.
Our plan is simple, Christina Countryman will work to raise donations in the US to fund the project. Malou Varona will coordinate the purchase and distribution of the building supplies in Batug.
We estimate $10,000 USD will be sufficient for our first goal, to assist recipients of the incomplete Medair relief houses to make them habitable, and to enable them to help their neighbors.
The SHIP is a micro-aid organization. We are two women, supported by our families, doing the best we can in our own communities.
Sustainable Housing in the Philipines is also facebook page maintained by Chris and Monica Countryman The page is dedicated to assisting the sustainable rebuidling of Leyte in communication with residents of Barangay Batug. There are 100 families in need of permanent shelter in Batug. Their homes and roofs were blown away by the super typhoon Haiyan in November of 2013. Medair, a disaster relief organization has erected 28 "progressive core " houses in the village. The idea is for the recipients, mostly elders, to complete them.
In the foreground is a Med-air provided, incremental core house. It is turned over to the recipient this way, at stage one. Next door is a sturdy concrete and coco lumber house, without a roof. Last week there was a small, normal level typhoon in Leyte, it rained for 4 days. This household could not light a cookfire, the kitchen leaks so much. In addition I fear the the tarps obscure ventilation and are contributing to poor indoor air quality to a health threatening level. You or I would not be willing to stay for long in these conditions, but my friend ma Lou Varona, her mother, and son truly have no place better to go. This is just one of 100 households. Their house is sweet inside, in nice weather.
As the photo above amply shows, the coconut groves are down. The coconut was the economic base here and they require 10 years to grow back to productivity, harvest will begin 2023. People need suitable places to live now.
Since the Medair houses are a good sturdy start to a livable house I asked my friend Lou to find out prices and amounts of materials to enclose one in a desirable style.
4 bags of concrete, 8 Sawali bamboo panels, three or four coconut logs sawed into lumber. 7000 php. equivalent $150 USD.
add equal amount for labor $150
multiply times 25 houses.......... $7,500
add a contingency and discount fund $2,500
The ripple effect
With the donation of this much money we will be able to purchase these materials and pay local labor for construction. In this way we can give the community a way to finish something that has already been started and we can help spread the good fortune around.
Hopefully the income will support more households to afford construction and repair while SHIP donations fund discount building supplies.
This is what Malou accomplished in 3 days with the first $300.00.
Although this fundraiser has been quiet a new need in Barangay Batug has prompted me to make an appeal. As you may know there was a strong earthquake in the Philippines July 6. The major impact for Batug is a power outage that is likely to take a month at least to repair, the power plant itself was hit by a landslide.
This is over a significant area of the island so many thousands of people are affected.
I am already working with a relative in Manila to bus cases of candles and some solar chargers to SHIP coordinator Malou in Batug as soon as possible. If we can meet or beat our new fundraising goal of $300 there will be more solar lights and chargers to go around. Please help if you can! Thanks in advance from Batug!
I am reviewing the progress of our fundraiser to Fill-The-Ship and even though we raised just over 10% of what we were seeking we managed to accomplish at least 12% of our goal. ( I admit to adding quite a bit out of pocket as well.)
We completed and repaired the Medair homes of Lola Panzing , the Tapalla family, Ma Neta, Ma Trini and the Varonas, and added kitchens to them all. We also built kitchens for Ma Conous and Marge Remion. We were able to provide cement flooring for the house of Asunta. So even though we didn't go big, we certainly did alright.
Alternately, make a donation over $50 to our SHIP campaign here and leave your mailing address in the message. I'll send you a beautiful curtain to grace your window or doorway.
They make unique, beautiful culturally competent, ecologically sound gifts.
hi everyone :),i am malou who's on the picture beside auntie christina,and also the unfinished house posted here is mine,and i am knocking your good heart's to please support this cause,,medair given us that houses with a roof and for the meantime the 28 household have that kind of houses cant use because of financial problem for materials for the wall,floor, etc,,,like me im a single mother (1 son ) and my mother is 69 years old and our source of income the coconuts are all down by that typhoon way back November 08, 2013,and auntie christina witnessed our situation here since she is one of the volunteer from earth ship that they build for us here,,,she sleep at my small house for about 4 nights and as she witness how we cook at a unexplained sut up of kitchen and everything in her own thinking she cant last long with that kind..mam/sir please support for this cause and advance Thank you and i know God will do it in return to all of you GOD BLESS SALAMAT po :)