Today, November 19th, is my father's 63rd birthday, and his one request for a birthday gift this year was for me to help him build houses for families in the Philippines that are displaced due to the recent slew of earthquakes in Mindanao.
In the last few weeks, a series of major earthquakes struck the province of Cotabato on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. Three of these earthquakes were above 6.0 on the magnitude scale, more than 30 people died and a further 700 were injured.
Over 22,447 familes (108,001 people) are currently displaced, in over 73 Evacuation Sites throughout the area. 35,990 homes were affected, 22,892 being totally destroyed and 13,098 partially damaged.
My father is a missionary in the Philippines, and has been living in Mindanao for the past 13 years. He started an organization called PeaceBuilders Community, Philippines, which works with the local community and goverment, to cultivate peace and justice throughout the land. I admire his love and care for the land and the people, and if it's his birthday wish to help them in this time of need, I want to do what I can to make that happen.
A "Bahay Kubo" is a type of stilt house indigenous to the cultures of the Philippines. My father wants to build 6 of these for some of the displaced families in their area. Each Bahay Kubo costs approximately CDN$1000, so please help me help him provide shelter to those who need it.