One month after a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal and destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes, Habitat for Humanity will soon start construction of permanent houses.
Latest reports from Nepal sadly confirm more than 7,000 deaths and over 16,000 people injured. Some 288,000 houses have been confirmed destroyed and another 254,000 damaged during the earthquake and subsequent aftershocks. Unfortunately these numbers are expected to grow as the full extent of the damage becomes better known.
Seven-month pregnant, Sarah Charlie was very worried when she learned that a Category 5 cyclone was heading straight for her coastal village of Ekipe. It did not help that her husband was away in New Zealand working, and she had four children to care for.
By Martin Thomas, chief executive, Habitat for Humanity Australia It is hard to imagine what it must be like living amid the devastation that has been wrought on Vanuatu in the wake of one of the most powerful cyclones to hit the Pacific region in modern history.
By Martin Thomas, chief executive, Habitat for Humanity Australia It may take more than two years to rehouse the tens of thousands of victims who have been made homeless from Cyclone Pam.
The first permanent houses have been built in Tacloban City, proof that corporate and private aid works. Australian-funded houses are among the very first permanent houses to be completed, seven months after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines.