Samoa Cyclone Evan Early Recovery Project: Shelter Reconstruction Programme

lelata lance maiavaThis family home at Lelata, Apia was completely washed off its foundation from the flooding during TC Evan. Photo credit: Lance Maiava.

On the basis of the assessment of damages and needs conducted through the assistance of UNDP from January to April 2013, UNDP has decided to develop a cyclone and flood recovery programme in support of the Government of Samoa.

Six months on from Cyclone Evan, the recovery programme objective is to help people to build back better homes so that they are more resilient to the impact of crises and disasters in future.  The objective will be achieved through;

i) contructing two climate resilient model houses that can be used as a learning tool for affected people in the reconstruction process;
ii) helping home-owners rebuild their houses and developing the capacity of building artisans; and
iii) ensuring the longevity and potency of the programme by establishing a 'Shelter Resource Centre' that would act as a receptacle compile relevant information from various sources and disseminate a code of best practice in housing construction.

The programme would be implemented as soon as possible, over a period not exceeding 12 months.

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