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07/17/2008

Let’s build a house

15th_july_low On the 11th of July, the distribution of the shelter kits began in Leikkyun village in Dedaye. On the day of distribution, all the villagers came to greet and welcome us. Before this day, the villagers had lived in temporary shelters build by debris from the Cyclone, or gone to live with their relatives. However, now, they have come to a stage where they can begin to rebuild their community.

The shelter kits that JEN contains building materials enough for one home. After the distribution of material needed to the residents, the building process commence with the aid of a construction company. The photograph shows a glimpse of the assembly of a house being built by the locals. With 7 or 8 people, a house can be built within merely a day. The lifetime of these houses can last a good 2-3 years, and with further maintenance it can last even longer.

JEN determined the size and materials of these homes by consulting the local construction company to ensure sustainability of homes suit for the natural environment of Myanmar. . The villages expressed with joy that they ‘felt safe in homes that were built with familiar building materials’. We are now looking to gather more supplies and provisions for further development in other villages and regions. We are happy to report that preparations are going smoothly.

July 17, 2008 in Myanmar |