Visayan School Initiative

Related program: Typhoon Haiyan Recovery

As part of Architecture for Humanity's Typhoon Haiyan Reconstruction Program, we are committed to the reconstruction of damaged or destroyed educational facilities affected by the typhoon.

Schools are not only structures for learning - they are also centers for civic education and community employment, making them invaluable hubs for a community. In building back a community safer, better and stronger than before, the restoration of these hubs is essential.

In January 2014, two members of Architecture for Humanity traveled to the Philippines to assess school buildings. These assessments are in preparation for the establishment of our Visayan School Initiative. As of January 2014, all schools, although left damaged and unsafe, have resumed classes. The schools are in urgent need of help, as they are dangerous to the residents using them. Additionally, with rooms damaged and unusable, classrooms are shared and overcrowded because of limited space.

In all programs, Architecture for Humanity is committed to the following values:

  • Promote community engagement and participation
    Our aim is to design and rebuild along with the community and assist in restoring its spirit and ability to create sustained livelihoods. We will invite and encourage all stakeholders (parents, teachers, students, community members) to envision a new future for their community.

  • Stimulate local economies
    Recovering from disaster involves more than the reconstruction of built structures. For a community to recover, our projects must help stimulate their economy. Our programs include job opportunities for residents, usage of local materials, depend on local builders and craftspeople, and promote sustained livelihoods through teaching and training. Doing so will produce positive ripple effects in the communities, allowing them to recover faster and stronger than before.

  • Promote sustainable and resilient construction
    Every project will demonstrate the highest commitment to safe, sustainable, and resilient construction. All schools will be rebuilt using disaster-resistant materials and techniques, and training and education sessions will be provided to the project team. Under no circumstances, will any design or construction recreate a formerly existing risk condition for the community.

  • Focus our efforts to those most in need
    We believe that a child in the developing world deserves the same access to quality education and educational facilities, as their counterparts across the globe. In no case should a child's socioeconomic status become a rationale for providing them with sub-standard services or facilities.

CURRENT PHASE: Assessments
In the last two weeks of January 2014, Architecture for Humanity surveyed thirteen schools throughout the Haiyan affected region of the Philippines.

Schools Assessed:

Anapog Integrated Elementary School - San Remegio, Northern Cebu
Date of visit: January 28, 2014
Students: 529
Classrooms: 12
Teachers: 15
Anonong Norte Elementary School - Bogo, Cebu
Date of Site Visit: January 28, 2014
Students: 352
Classrooms: 17
Teachers: 11
Anonong Sur Elementary School - Bogo, Cebu
Date of Site Visit: January 28, 2014
Students: 314
Classrooms: 10
Teachers: 10
Anonong Sur Tabalo Fresco National High School - Bogo, Cebu
Date of Site Visit: January 28, 2014
Students: 192
Classrooms: 8
Teachers: 7
Bancasan Elementary School - San Remigio, Northern Cebu
Date of Site Visit: January 28, 2014
Students: 225
Classrooms: 7
Teachers: 8
Butag Elementary School - Dulag, Leyte
Date of Site Visit: January 23, 2014
Students: 116
Classrooms: 4
Teachers: 4
Cabacungan Elementary School - Dulag South District, Leyte
Date of Site Visit: January 23, 2014
Students: 625
Classrooms: 12
Teachers: 18
Cangumbang Elementary School - Palo, Leyte
Date of Site Visit: January 24, 2014
Students: 121
Classrooms: 3
Teachers: 5
Caputatan Elementary School - Medellin, Cebu
Date of Site Visit: January 26, 2014
Students: 350
Classrooms: 7
Teachers: 8
Cayam Elementary School - San Remegio, Northern Cebu
Date of Site Visit: January 26, 2014
Students: 190
Classrooms: 7
Teachers: 7
Kawit Elementary School - Medellin, Cebu
Date of Site Visit: January 27, 2014
Kawit National High School - Medellin, Cebu
Date of Site Visit: January 27, 2014
Students: 800+
Classrooms: 18
Teachers: 33
Luyang National High School - San Remigio, Northern Cebu
Date of Site Visit: January 27, 2014

Picas Elementary School - Dulag South District, Leyte
Date of Site Visit: January 23, 2014
Students: 112
Classrooms: 15
Teachers: 5
San Vicente Elementary School - Tolosa, Leyte
Date of Site Visit: January 23, 2014
Students: 222
Classrooms: 12
Teachers: 7

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