Charito stoops down as she enters a dusty white structure that
looks like a triangular tent. "It's the time of the year when my
husband and I would regularly check on it.”
A kurub is a structure that is lower in height than a typical
house and is meant to withstand strong winds. Ideally, you should
not be able to stand up straight inside, and unlike a typical house;
it doesn’t have a foundation or walls.
Village people construct theirs in an open space and on higher-ground,
where they can avoid falling debris and possible flooding.
"Kurub is a concept that has been passed on from generation to generation.
It has served its purpose well after we've been hit by several typhoons,"
shares Charito. She explains that the practice was revived after typhoon
Haiyan hit Visayas in November 2013.
World Vision recognizes indigenous practices on disaster preparedness.
"We don't tell them to stop practicing the techniques they know, especially
because it's something that they've proven to be effective," said Rosela
Sabejon, Disaster Risk Reduction Specialist in Leyte. "What we do is
complement what they already know."
In partnership with the local government, World Vision conducts activities
such as child-focused disaster risk reduction (CFDRR) training to help
communities prepare for disasters. The training sessions teach community
members to create hazard and risk maps, identify early warning systems,
and create their CFDRR plan.