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Typhoon Glenda; Materials for houses

Organized by: Nicholas Ketel

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Dear reader,

I am Nicholas Ketel, Head of facility management (PPS) of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Banos Philippines. IRRI is a non-profit organization that works to fight hunger and poverty in the world, please refer to the IRRI website at to find out more about IRRI and what we do to improve the world.

Last week in the Night of 15 - 16 July IRRI was hit full by Typhoon Glenda. As can be seen on internet and YouTube the IRRI institute incurred sever damage said to be among the worse in the institutes 60 year history. Our weather station measured wind gust up to 187 km/h and a rainfall of +240 mm.

The institute will recover, has insurance and me and my team of 48 IRRI skilled construction workers and approximately 110 flexible contract workers are working round the clock to mitigate hazards and further damage, clean-up the enormous amount of debris, and start repairs on the institute’s facilities.

Here I am not appealing to your generosity for the institute but for my contract workers.

Many of them have severely damaged homes or completely lost their homes. These contract workers are among the lower paid people (about one US$ per hour) and them and their families will have great difficulties to recover from this disaster.
Now me and my team, 158 strong, have the construction skills and are willing to put in the free time to help our colleagues repair or rebuild their simple homes. However we need to buy the construction materials. It is for these construction materials that I appeal to your generosity.

I do think even further, dreaming off, that if this fund raising works it might even be possible to build some typhoon resistant houses for my contract workers and their families.

The funds could be controlled by an IRRI accountant to ensure 100% reaches the target.

Thank you for your time reading this and hoping for your support


Nicholas Ketel


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