Faithful+Gould Helps Habitat for Humanity Rebuild Bantayan Island

Ruth Bailey
Early July this year, volunteers from Faithful+Gould and Atkins joined the Habitat for Humanity team in the Philippines to help rebuild Bantayan Island – an ongoing relief programme following the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013.

The project aims to provide new homes at a resettlement site for displaced families in the community. As part of our contribution, we raised a total of US$19,625 for two houses through the generosity of our colleagues and clients.

Our volunteers – comprising Faithful+Gould's events facilities manager Bernard Loy, senior project manager Nick Yon and project administrator Rani Krishnan; as well as graduate engineers from Atkins Young Professionals (AYP), Anthony Chung and Sam Tsui, and horticulturist Kelly He – arrived in Bantayan on the 9th of July. Eager to make a difference to the families, the team wasted no time and went straight to work alongside the local crew and soon-to-be home owners, for the next seven days.

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Rani shared: "This initiative coincided with my 54th birthday, and I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate it than to give back to those in need. The opportunity was an eye-opener for me – one that I am very grateful for and humbled by the community spirit, the love and support they have for each other."

"Habitat does an amazing job of helping underprivileged communities around the world. This experience has taught me to collaborate and connect with other people, but most of all, it made me realise how rewarding it is to help others," added Kelly.

Summing up his experience, Anthony commented: "Despite the scorching sun and intense working condition, which many of us were not accustomed to, we kept our focus on the families and the benefit this would bring to them. I was touched by a mother and son who were digging the trenches together with me to build their home, as I could sense unspoken gratitude behind their smiles."

Habitat for Humanity's vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. There are various programmes to help low-income communities build new homes or repair existing ones, and to provide clean water, sanitation, education and training, offering families a positive future.