About Project Bohol

At 8:12am on October 15th, 2013, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake shook the Visayan region of the Philippines. Initial reports were focused on numerous historical churches that were severely damaged and deaths reported seemed low considering the strength of the earthquake. The Philippines sits in the Ring of Fire, but the area around Bohol and Cebu are not accustomed to earthquakes. Residents are traumatized due to the earthquake and the 1000’s of subsequent aftershocks.

Our international assessment team, based in the Philippines, was on the ground in the impacted area within 24 hours. “Travel was extremely difficult with collapsed bridges and landslides blocking roads and isolating communities,” according to Marc Young. “But, we spent days traveling via motorbike and found widespread, severe damage to homes.” The Philippines’ Department of Social Welfare and Development now reports more than 35,000 homes have been totally destroyed or partially damaged.

Because of the scope of this destruction, All Hands Volunteers is launching PROJECT BOHOL. In response to a vast need for “safe-ing” structures, we will work to take down precarious homes that owners and neighbors are afraid to enter. We will also do deconstruction in order to salvage valuable materials for rebuilding, and we will be clearing rubble. Pending funding, we envision a rebuild program that includes constructing resilient core shelters on the affected homeowners’ properties.


If you would like to volunteer with Project Bohol, please fill out the APPLICATION.

Make a donation to help Bohol’s recovery efforts.

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Location: Bohol – Philippines
Disaster Type: Earthquake
Disaster Date: October 15, 2013
Project Start: October 28, 2013
Project Director: Katie Taibi

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