Housing for Internally Displaced Persons

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Sentro Sa Maayong Magbalantay
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The housing project was structured in four phases, all based on participation and community organization. First, a social mapping process was conducted in areas where IDPs had migrated after the massive displacement caused by the attack of the MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front). After verifying their condition as IDPs, 34 families who had not received previous assistance were selected as direct beneficiaries for the project. Twenty families lived in Iligan City and fourteen in Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte. The families formed action groups in both locations to achieve an effective integration. The Project Team then provided assistance to these action groups so they could obtain land. A total of 1,000 m2 of residential lot was donated to the twenty beneficiaries of Iligan City. The parish church of Kauswagan helped the other group to secure lots to be rented around the municipality. USD 1,000.were given to each family for the purchase of the materials needed for the construction of their houses. The IDP families provided counterparts in terms of sweat equity. The project helped to unite these very vulnerable IDP families who had suffered many losses around new hopes and a promise of a better future. Contact: Sr. Mary Zenona Clemen zenyclemen@yahoo.com