Woh Hup Building Homes Manila

November 2013

For the second year running, Woh Hup (Private) Limited sent some 200 employees to a little village on the outskirts of Manila to work on a slum conversion project.

Field Notes

For the second year running, Woh Hup (Private) Limited sent some 200 employees to a little village on the outskirts of Manila to work on a slum conversion project.

Alongside the current plot of land the group was working on, stood 10 colourful homes. Built by last year’s WH volunteers, these buildings now not only provide shelter for 10 families, but more importantly a sense of security that has allowed many of the beneficiaries to explore starting small businesses out of their homes.

In the first home, a little old lady the team affectionately call Manang has started a successful venture selling potable water. While her neighbor, a chubby boisterous lady has set up her own small business selling fish to the locals in the village.

Trip Impact

Gawad Kalinga

Helping families displaced by Typhoon Pedring

Phillippines

Country

200

Catalysts

46

Lives impacted

40,000

Funds Raised

Committed, dedicated and driven, the WH team worked hard on the land. Turning what were originally overgrown & uneven piles of dirt into a solid foundation upon which homes were then built.

As a somber reminder of the importance and value of the company’s contribution, the Philippines was struck by the worst typhoon in history during the same month that WH was building homes for victims from previous natural disasters in the Philippines.

With a commitment of 10 more homes come 2014, WH remains dedicated to supporting Gawad Kalinga’s mission to ‘Leave no man behind’.

Crew

Edwin Lee (Video Production)
Diana Prado (Photography)

" These past two days have been really physically exhausting but emotionally very rewarding. We’ve gotten to meet some great people, within the Woh Hup family and within the Gawad Kalinga family. They’ve opened up their homes and their hearts to us, not just the beneficiaries but the entire community welcomed us. It’s great to be able to contribute to that and this experience is something I will hold dear to me and I hope my team and I will get to come back. "

Aurum Land (Private) Limited Director, Michelle Yong recounts her experience at the Dr. Jose Rizal Gawad Kalinga Village

Supported By

The Bellevue Manila
Eco Adventures
Gawad Kalinga
Bravo Company
Flint & Battery
Ardent