In the wake of devastating flooding this week in Manila, the Philippines, non-profit design firm Architecture for Humanity is launching a long-term disaster response program to help rebuild the city and mitigate potential damage from future natural disasters in the region.
Tropical Storm Haikui was to blame for days of heavy rain that wreaked havoc on the capital city of the Philippines, forcing some 800,000 people to flee from their homes and seek emergency shelter. In an effort to develop housing solutions that are more resilient to such severe weather, Architecture for Humanity hopes to raise at least $100,000, which would be used toward a reconstruction program as well as training the community on how to live more soundly amid monsoons.
The firm has already engaged architects, engineers, planners and community members in an effort to kick off the Philippines Floods Response program. Since the firm’s inception in 1999, Architecture for Humanity has aided communities around the world in the wake of disasters in Columbia, Sri Lanka, Sindh Province in Pakistan and other regions. The firm also has offices in Tohoku, Japan and Port-au-Prince, Haiti that assist those communities to ensure those post-disaster zones have the resources and know-how to continue rebuilding.
Design or construction professionals are encouraged to help, but the firm also stresses that there’s plenty of non-design work that needs to be done in the early days of the initiative. If you’re interested in helping to get the word out or donate money, visit the Philippines Floods Response program website.