Perseverance of strength

Maribi Elementary School in Tanauan, Philippines after typhoon Haiyan. Still in place is a picture of Jose Rizal hanging on the weall-- the irony of strength. Photo by Dale Borgeson

Maribi Elementary School in Tanauan, Philippines after typhoon Haiyan. Still in place is a picture of Jose Rizal hanging on the wall– the perseverance of strength. Photo by Dale Borgeson

An update to all you supporters is long over due.

Our dear friends, Geline Avila and her daughter Isabella Borgeson, have been working closely with the Mayor of Tanauan, Honorable Pel Tecson, and the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Ronel Firmo, to select a school for rebuilding. At first, the schools being considered were the two that suffered the most damage, closest to the coast in the barangays of San Roque and Santo Nino. Since typhoon Haiyan, these schools are now within a new 50-meter ‘NO BUILD’ zone from the high tide mark. Therefore, families are being relocated to adjacent barangay Maribi where housing is being built for them and where it has been decided the funds from this Haiyan Bracelet Project will be spent on the reconstruction of a new ‘green’ school!

Today, ‘green architects’ from Manila have arrived at the school site in barangay Maribi to begin a new design that will withstand future typhoons. Once the design is complete, a contractor will be retained to build the school. The timeline calls for construction during summer break in April and May, so the new school will be ready for resumption of classes in June.

Current amount raised: $102,670
Goal by June 2014: $105,000

Help Malaya & Tala reach their June goal with only $2,330 remaining! The girls have been busy making bracelets every free moment they get. Donate today by ordering bracelets here.

Below are pics taken by our friend Dale Borgeson who just returned from a visit to Tanauan, Philippines.

Amihan

A: Barangay Maribi where school will be rebuilt B: San Roque Elementary school now in a 'NO BUILD' zone C: Barangay Santo Nino also designated as a 'NO BUILD' zone after typhoon Haiyan

A: Barangay Maribi where the new school will be rebuilt by the Haiyan Bracelets Project
B: San Roque Elementary school now in a ‘NO BUILD’ zone
C: Barangay Santo Nino also designated as a ‘NO BUILD’ zone after typhoon Haiyan

Books and materials destroyed inside Maribi Elementary School after typhoon. Photo by Dale Borgeson

Books and materials destroyed inside Maribi Elementary School after typhoon. Photo by Dale Borgeson

Classroom inside Maribi Elementary School after typhoon Haiyan. Photo by Dale Borgeson

Classroom inside Maribi Elementary School after typhoon Haiyan. Photo by Dale Borgeson

Principal and teachers at San Roque Elementary getting ready for restart of school where they say "the first order of business was de-griefing"

Principal and teachers at San Roque Elementary getting ready for restart of school where they say “the first order of business was de-griefing”. Photo by Dale Borgeson

Children back to school in barangay Santo Nino, Tanauan, Philippines. Photo by Dale Borgeson

Children back to school in barangay Santo Nino, Tanauan, Philippines. Photo by Dale Borgeson

Children of barangay Santo Nino back at school in temporary tents provided by UNICEF. Photo by Dale Borgeson

Children of barangay Santo Nino back at school in temporary tents provided by UNICEF. Photo by Dale Borgeson

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