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Rebuild Bohol

In October 2013, Bohol suffered a massive destruction due to what is recorded as the deadliest earthquake in the Philippines in 23 years.  The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported over 73,000 damaged infrastructures, a death toll of 222, and over 900 people injured. Since then, numerous rebuilding projects have been undertaken that still continue to this day, by different government and non-government agencies. One of the organizations active in this effort is the Habitat for Humanity Philippines (HBFP). A year after the catastrophe, our company, Henkel, decided to join HBFP in this endeavor. That is how I found myself in the land of the Chocolate Hills this October.





The build happened on the 18th of October 2014 in Villa Aurora village in Antequera. 40 Henkel employees worked together in the construction of a house for a family, whose house had been destroyed in the earthquake. In the orientation, we were advised to wear closed shoes, long sleeve shirts or arm cover, pants, and gloves.

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There, under the midday sun, we toiled and burned our skin. We sawed the bamboo, hacked the excess, flattened the soil inside the house, and weaved the bamboo sticks to make the walls. We worked the whole day, but there was still so much left to do. Unfortunately, our part was over, I just took comfort in knowing that at least we helped build the foundation.

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I realized that indeed, it takes a lot of work to build a house.  But seeing what we’ve accomplished after a full day of work, I knew our effort was well worth it. We helped a family in Bohol to have a home. The thought alone makes me happy.

 

 

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Comments (8)

  1. LiLi
    LiLi

    Thank you, Marge and to everyone who volunteered for the rebuilding of the island.

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    • mgavan
      mgavan

      I am glad too, not only do we get a chance to help, we also get to visit the beautiful places in our country. 🙂

      Reply
  2. Patti
    Patti

    WOW, it’s wonderful to have an opportunity like that since not every workplace offers such program. (Travel + volunteer work. Win-win.) Congratulations, Marge.

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    • mgavan
      mgavan

      True Patti. Our company had an outreach in Tacloban last year too. It’s one of the things that I love here.

      Reply
  3. smalltowngirlsmidnighttrains
    smalltowngirlsmidnighttrains

    Great job! Although the earthquake — and Haiyan soon after — left so many people devastated, the one good thing about it, I think, was how it spurred people to come together and do what they can to help.

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    • mgavan
      mgavan

      I agree. It’s always nice to see people getting together to help each other when disaster strikes.

      Reply

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