Korean Air has again joined hands with Habitat for Humanity Philippines (HFHP) to support the Home Building Project. Now in its fourth year, the project provides aid to the local communities in Bohol, Philippines, to rebuild their homes after an earthquake struck the province in October 2013, displacing more than 5,000 families.
A team of ten Korean Air employees from Manila volunteered to help build homes and provide maintenance training to the earthquake-affected households on 5 March. At a site in Maribojoc, Bohol, the volunteers worked together on various construction work like “sigkat”, which also means bamboo-weaving, to produce key structural components of prefabricated bamboo homes. These homes specifically designed and built by HFHP, in partnership with different government units and private organisations, make use of a bamboo-cement technology that promises to be decent, sturdy, earthquake and storm resilient. The volunteers also participated in sand sifting, brick excavation, sand and cement hauling, painting, brick laying, sand bagging, and cement mixing.
This project is run by a matching fund partnership between Korean Air and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), a government institution responsible for social welfare rights and the promotion of social development. Through Korean Air’s donation supporting for the construction of 4 housing units for 4 benefiting families, the partnership is expected to bring multiplied benefits to the local communities.