THE Greg Secker Foundation, a non-profit organization seeking to improve the lives of people and communities around the world, is aiming to complete the building of 100 houses by March 2017 for the victims of super typhoon ‘‘Yolanda,’’ which struck on Nov. 8, 2013, in Lemery, Iloilo.
Greg Secker said the town has not received ample national and international attention in the aftermath of the typhoon.
Secker is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and renowned international speaker who owns Learn to Trade, a global trading education company based in London.
In a briefing in Makati City, Secker said the foundation has started building 20 houses in Lemery and completion is expected soon.
Aside from building homes for the typhoon victims, the foundation is also currently putting up a training center to provide livelihood skills to the residents.
“Sustainability is a key issue for us and we are building a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose training center to provide skills training and livelihood program for our beneficiaries,” Secker said.
“We want to help our beneficiaries thrive, not just survive. Providing them with the skills will make them resilient,” he said.
The screening process for the beneficiaries usually takes six weeks. Secker said they made sure that those really affected by the typhoon would be the ones to be given the house and provided with skills training. The foundation also takes into account the age of the beneficiaries, their economic status, and monthly income.