Disaster Relief Projects

Disasters can strike at any time and in any part of the world regardless of the place. These disasters come in form of earthquakes, floods and many more. Many are left homeless and stranded. It is encouraging that some people have taken it upon themselves to start disaster relief projects to support these affected people. Some of these disaster relief projects are:



1. Hualin Temporary Elementary School
Following an earthquake that struck the school in May 2008, 120 Japanese and Chinese volunteers worked on the reconstruction. This new building is unique since it makes use of paper tube structures. Three buildings with nine classrooms were constructed in roughly forty days. Though the structure is temporary, the good thing is the children get a chance to continue learning despite the disaster.


2. Cardboard Cathedral
Another earthquake hit a church in Christchurch, New Zealand, and this affected many Christians in the area. A construction project was started and a new church was built entirely of cardboard in 2013, giving the people a reason to smile and see hope beyond the disaster.


3. Paper Concert Hall L'Aquila
This hall, located in Italy and originally called L'Aquila Concert Hall, is famous for its wonderful music. The temporary concert hall was put up after an earthquake struck on 6th of April 2009. The people of Italy now have a chance to continue with their musical activities, even for just a while as a permanent structure is being designed.


4. Paper Emergency Shelter for UNHCR
Rwanda experienced a tragedy of civil war in 1994 that left many homeless. United Nations High Comissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) provided aluminium poles and plastic sheets to serve as construction material of shelters for the homeless. It was expensive, so a cheaper option was introduced; shelters made from paper tubes. These have been effective and are providing shelters presently.


5. Paper Shelter Haiti
1.2 million people in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, lost their homes when an earthquake struck in on 12 January 2010. They have been living in hand-made tents that are not waterproof. Architect Shigeru Ban is building 50 paper tube shelters in the area with help from professors and students from the Dominican Republic.


6. Paper Log House in India
Disaster struck in India when buildings collapsed. Many lost their lives, and homes. More structures were built from materials such as bamboo, mats and the rubble from the destroyed buildings to shelter those affected.


7. Paper Church Kobe
The people of Kobe lost their center of worship after an earthquake struck in 1995. Church volunteers came together to build this community center to replace the destroyed building.


8. Onagawa Container Temporary Housing
People from the town of Onagawa had difficulty constructing housing after an earthquake struck because the flat land available is not enough. Three-storey temporary housing made from shipping containers have been built. They house a lot of people because they have been stacked in a checkerboard pattern.


9. Kirinda House
Most buildings in this village located in the south-east coast of Sri Lanka were swept away by an earthquake on December 26, 2004, forcing the Islamic villagers to live in poor shelters in horrible conditions. A construction project was started and it includes construction of a mosque and 67 houses.


10. Paper Partition System
Those who lost their homes in Japan after the attack of an earthquake and tsunami are living in a crowded place with no privacy. Simple partitions made of canvas curtains and paper tubes are being set up to divide the families, so that they can enjoy some privacy.