A New Start for Picas Elementary School post-Yolanda

After months of preparation, the rebuilding process for hundreds of students in Leyte, Philippines begins with much anticipation and joy for a new, strong and safe school.

We are proud to announce the launch of our work with long-time partner, Happy Hearts Fund on the reconstruction of Picas Elementary School. Happy Hearts Fund and Architecture for Humanity partnered in 2010 on 6 post-disaster school rebuilding projects throughout Latin America.

After months spent visiting with community members in the affected regions of the Philippines, we found that school children still remain in temporary or unsafe classrooms.  By applying our expertise in post-disaster rebuilding, we will join in the reconstruction of safe schools in the Visayas; the Picas Elementary School being the first project of many.

Picas Elementary School provides education to students in kindergarten and grades 1-6.  Approximately 126 students attend this school located in Tanauan, Leyte (pop. 50,000).   During Typhoon Haiyan, the school suffered roof damage including partial roof collapse, window and shutter damage, and water damage throughout all buildings.  The outdoor event stage was also destroyed.

Picas students and teachers will receive full design and construction services to rebuild five classrooms, two comfort rooms with hand sinks, and a playground.  Furniture will also be gifted to the school. Upon completion, Picas Elementary School will be a safe, strong and healthy learning and gathering space for the entire community to be proud of and enjoy.

We are excited to continue to work with the school students and administrators, our community partners and Happy Hearts Fund.

Look forward to updates to come as this project comes to life!