Typhoon Haiyan - One year on: Shelter - beneficiaries contribute labour to build a home

PRC/IFRC shelter construction team Tabontabon, Leyte. During the aftermath of disasters, local labourers are hired to construct local shelters to assist their livelihood twofold. Pictured here is a PRC/IFRC shelter construction team in Tabontabon, Leyte. They are hired to fulfill the IFRC’s specifications for shelters and are paid the equivalent of a government mandated wage according to their skill level, which is about USD11 for skilled labourers and USD6.70 for unskilled. Joey Reyman/IFRC


PRC/IFRC shelter construction team Tabontabon, Some labourers are direct beneficiaries of the construction projects and will move into the very shelter that is under construction. Most beneficiaries are expected to contribute their own labour to build their house if they are capable of doing so. This sort of exchange (or is transaction a better word?) is called ‘sweat equity’. Some beneficiaries are paid in food vouchers if not money.  Joey Reyman/IFRC


Labourers working on the inside of the house. Joey Reyman/IFRC


Homes built by IFRC south of Tacloban have a concrete 'core' and timber frame, topped with high specification CGI sheets. This is one of the earliest models and the family occupying it have added on a shaded porch area complete with concrete pillars built to the same specs as the house pillars. As the Haiyan recovery operation progresses many homes are being augmented or adapted to the needs of the occupants, with some adding internal kitchens and others sheds for animals.  Joey Reyman/IFRC