Building an Innovative Maker Space in Post-Disaster Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan tore a path of destruction 100 miles wide through the Philippines last November, affecting 14 million people and displacing 5 million. Almost a year later, the people of the Philippines are still recovering from the massive disaster. Many homes were destroyed and while Filipinos have the motivation to rebuild again, they often lack the tools and resources to do so.

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This is where the organization Philippines Communitere comes in. Committed to fostering the skills and recovery of disaster-impacted communities, they are currently equipping a resource center that will serve the local communities in Tacloban City. The plan is to build a fully equipped workshop tool lending library, makerspace, 3D-printing and innovation lab, co-working offices and training facilities.

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There is already a building in place, and for the past few months volunteers and team members have been busy getting the space ready for the next stage. Soon there will be woodworking, furniture building, metal fabrication, 3-D printing and mechanical projects going on. The space will also serve as an incubator for idea sharing and learning to assist in the reconstruction of Tacloban and beyond.

The group recently ran an Indie GoGo campaign to raise the remaining funds to make the project a long term and sustainable reality. In the 40 day campaign, $24,375 of the $35,000 was raised. While the campaign is over, the project is definitely not and you can still donate on the Phillippines Communitere website, or contact the staff directly to see how you can get involved. Besides financial support, there is always need for skilled makers to come and collaborate with the local Filipino community. Check out more information and news at Philippines Communitere or on Facebook.

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