Samoa - Cyclone Evan
Habitat project in 2013
In 2012, Cyclone Evan devastated much of Samoa and destroyed 2,000 homes. During 2013, 108 “lean to” shelters which included deep foundations, a corrugated iron roof, gutters and tanks to collect rainwater, bracing and cyclone strapping were built in Samoa. These shelters are cyclone proofed against future cyclones.
The faleo’o were built by two of our most experienced volunteers working with local Samoan apprentices, which meant we built not only the shelters to keep families safe, but also ensured that the local people have the necessary skills to maintain them.
For this recent disaster response effort, our two volunteers provided valuable logistical support; construction advice and mentoring for local trades-people by passing on relevant skills and information for use in future developments.
PHOTO: Habitat built 108 faleso's for Samoa late 2013. A faleo has cyclone strapping and elevated flooring to protect it from storms and floods.