Adopt a Family: Housing Project for Merida, Leyte

Last November we experienced the worst storm in the recorded history, super typhoon Haiyan (Philippine name: Yolanda). It displaced families from 150,000 to 200,000. Our group was able to raise funds for the relief operation Northern Cebu, Camotes and Leyte we have done for the last 2 months of 2013.

For the first quarter of 2014, the Kindred Nomad Project will be helping some families with little children and/or elderly who need roofs on their houses to protect them from heat during the day and as they sleep during cold nights, most especially when it rains. Help from the government is on its way but we know this is not an overnight process. There are places that are not in the priority list because of lack of media attention, even none at all. We have to do what we can.

As a group who knows some parts of Leyte, we then ask for your help as we start a new year and better days ahead for the victims of Yolanda.

As initial target, we plan to provide 15 families one big room each for them to jump start their own re-constructions of their houses. As a group of volunteers with the help of local carpenters, we will be there to re-build their houses.

A room for one family would need the following:
Tin roofs
umbrella nails
nails of different sizes
coco lumber
Amacan for the wall

We will need around P10,000 (US$225) per room/family.

We would be more than happy to accept donations and any kind of help from you with our details below:

Name: The Kindred Nomad Project
Acct Number: 002760001680
Bank Name: UNIONBANK Mango Avenue – Cebu Branch

Please email a scanned photo of your receipts to, so we can monitor your donation.

You can also send in your contributions through: Indiegogo

Construction materials would be accepted. And volunteers are welcome to help us in rebuilding, just shoot me an message for more details.

About Merida, Leyte:
Merida is a fifth class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 27,224 people divided into 22 barangays.

ImageThis was the whole house before it got hit by Yolanda. And now, they only have the room with the scraps of roof they got around and a big tarp for their walls and ceiling.

ImageThis is a house for this lady and her husband who makes coconut wine for a living — a wine made from the sweet and frothy sap of coconut stalk.

ImageA collapsed nipa hut is still the house for an 80-year old lady in Merida, Leyte. Find her in this photo.
She just sat down that way for the whole day.

ImageThis is Ana May and 2 of her three children. They don’t have any source of income except the P150/day her husband gets as a house helper in the town minus P20 fare, he brings home P130 only for his family.
(Lower photo) That thing on the left was their old house that Yolanda hit. The husband has to collect scraps and nipa to put up their new house just beside the old one.

ImageThis is a room for a family of 4 — the only safe place they can stay after the typhoon.

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