In 2013, the biggest typhoon ever recorded made landfall in Tacloban, Philippines, killing 5877 people. More than 1000 are still missing. The government has been slow to rebuild and there is still a lot of work to be done.
Our Grant recipient Timothy Brideson from Mt Waverley, Victoria is using the money to help rebuild toilet facilities at a damaged school in Tacloban, on a 14-day mission in January.
Here’s an interview with Timothy about his project in the Philippines.
Why did you choose this particular project?
It’s actually a project that I was invited to go on with John Tucker (Queensland-based award-winning builder) and his team before I received the grant funds. Tacloban is the hometown of the infamous Imelda Marcos, the widow of former Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos who is well known for her lavish spending. Given this association, the town suffers from a lack of government funding and support, as a way of payback for Imelda’s flamboyant spending habits and wealth.
What type of work will you be doing?
Mainly, plumbing and roofing, plus teaching the local tradesmen how to cyclone-proof the infrastructure – many of the buildings are built by hand and don’t stand up in the face of a natural disaster.
What will the money go towards?
Building materials for the construction of two classrooms, a nurse’s medical room and a toilet block at one of the schools. At present, children are overcrowded and the sanitary conditions are extremely poor and subject to the spread of disease. These works will help stop this, and the improved conditions will provide a better environment for education. We’ll also be educating the students on the importance of hygiene and sanitation.
What part of the project are you most excited about?
Being part of a passionate team and helping those in need. John Tucker is a true expert in missionary projects and knows this stuff inside out, so I’m looking forward to learning from the best.
I’ve never been involved in a project like this and I’m sure it’ll expand my perspective on how lucky we are in Australia, as well as how my skills can be of assistance to underprivileged communities.