Second trip to the Philippines moves response forward

In early March, Eric Cesal, Reconstruction and Resilience Director, made a return trip to the Philippines along with long-time partner organization, Happy Hearts Fund (HHF) to select possible school reconstruction projects in the Visayas region, and to also lead a seminar for architects, engineers and planners interested in getting involved in post-Haiyan recovery through the invitation from the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP). The week-long trip was successful as we uncovered and narrowed down a list of schools with pressing rebuilding needs, while connecting with on-the-ground partners and local design professionals along the way.


Eric and Happy Hearts Fund Executive Director, Sue Veres Royal, visited several schools in the Tacloban area that continue to await support for their school’s recovery.

We thank our guide and local partner, Nielboi Gonzales from ecoweb for all his help!


By invitation of the UAP, Eric lead a seminar about how architects, engineers and planners can assist in designing and implementing community-driven, long-term solutions for communities in the Visayas. The seminar was attended by 100+ design and building professionals excited to learn about Architecture for Humanity and the post-Yolanda recovery. We expect more trainings and seminar events in the near future!

Manila Chapter moving forward in their response

Eric also met with the AFH Manila Chapter who is leading a project with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to build a future training center.

Stay tuned for more developments to come!