Rising Up

Romulo Dayaday, 68 years old and an amputee, crawled his way to survival towards the nearest evacuation center during Typhoon Yolanda last year. He made it through, but not his house, which was totally torn to pieces.

ADRA helped Romulo and his family repair their house just few months after the super storm. But as Signal no. 2 Typhoon Ruby hit Iloilo days ago, the old man couldn’t help but worry about losing their home again.

Thankfully, he did not have to crawl anymore to safety. He and his family were able to prepare for the storm. Before evacuating, they tied their house to the trunk of a tree nearby using the rope from the shelter tool kit ADRA gave. Then they secured their things and evacuated to the nearest evacuation center as instructed by their barangay leaders.

“It’s a priceless feeling to see that our house is still there after returning from the evacuation center”, Dayaday said.

“We are very thankful to ADRA because after the typhoon, we know we can rise up knowing we still have a proper house to live in. We are very happy because this is a durable house, not a single trace of destruction is visible”, Dayaday said happily.

Together with ADRA Philippines, ADRA Australia and ADRA New Zealand helped hundreds of families with the BUILD Project in Ajuy Iloilo, providing shelter kits and carpentry training to impoverished men and women for the repair of their.

And with the support from ADRA networks, ADRA Philippines also provided Disaster Risk Reduction program to all barangays in Ajuy, Iloilo where the most competent leaders from each barangays were trained to be trainers in conducting Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction and Management to their respective barangays.