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The Block: San Isidro

Meet a crew of home renovators doing a LOT with a little.


Congratulations to Lucina, Juris, Ryan and Henry, who moved into their beautiful new home this month. Juris built the place with his own hands after Typhoon Haiyan ripped off the roof of their previous house. We were proud to help with corrugated iron for the roof and a cash grant that Juris used to buy paint, cement and plywood.

It's a labour of love for the family, and their next step is to put in a kitchen. Lucina is grateful for the head start. "Because of the Red Cross, we have our house and it is very beautiful," she says.

Francis couldn't wait to get started on his new home. The motorcycle taxi driver and his wife Elvie were in an evacuation centre when Haiyan struck, and returned to find their home in pieces.

"I've been living under tarpaulins, now I'm going to build back with walls," Francis says. "I'll be working very hard over the next two weeks!"

Anita and Rojer have been married for 40 years. Rojer is no longer able to walk, so the couple received carpentry assistance together with roofing sheets and other materials after Typhoon Haiyan destroyed the front of their home. It's still a work in progress, but the new roof is stronger and much more likely to withstand a future storm.


Photos: Australian Red Cross/Noel Celis