As detailed in the previous news item on the Deployment Plan, DAI has recognised that the deployment of Family Survival Kits were not appropriate in most cases because families would not leave their homes; they ran the risk of losing their claim on property if vacated and it was rarely possible to fit the tents next to properties given the density of the houses.
The team in the Philippines at the moment consists of Ed Cox, UK, Tore Kons, USA and Dave Tuzuski,
Australia. The Team has now begun the distribution of 500 shelter repair kits, to the Barangay of Bayas in Estancia, Panay.
DAI is providing lumber, corrugated iron sheeting, ply wood and nails to help people rebuild their totally damaged homes. This is essential support on an island that has received very little support in the rebuilding process.
“This is the first non food items we have received since the Cyclone, we are so happy” said one islander, “now we can start to really rebuild“.
With the ongoing partnership with BMFI, DAI has managed to provide shelter for 70% of the island. Ed Cox, DART Team Lead said,
“The logistics of transporting over 23 tones of aid to a small island Barangay is no easy task, especially as we are unable to use a barge due to the low water line on the island”.
The use of volunteer networks and the community itself as resources is a very important part of the DAI distribution, making sure that all the goods are delivered in a safe and efficient manner to those in need.
DAUK&I is always mindful of concerns that any funds raised will actually reach the intended destination and that there are not large overheads. DAI employs the absolute minimum of paid professional staff and is essentially run by Volunteers; it’s overhead is typically 6% of turnover and actually less during a large deployment.”