International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)

At IDV we believe that to provide meaningful relief and reconstruction assistance to disaster affected communities around the world we have to do more than reconstruct buildings. We need to understand and address the factors that made a community vulnerable to the disaster in the first place. Our work will be organised with these factors in mind so we can effect change that far outlives our presence.
Aug 7, 2014

Rescuing neighbors during typhoons, thanks to you!

Rene and his rescue boat stand ready to respond
Rene and his rescue boat stand ready to respond

On July 16th, typhoon Glenda slammed into Manila bringing hurricane force winds and rain. The community of Banaba is regularly flooded by storms like Glenda but, thanks to you the community leaders of Buklod Tao stood ready to respond with flood rescue boats.

Their boat crews monitored the level of the river throughout the previous night and their boats, which you provided, were readied. These boats are prepositioned all year round in the areas most prone to flooding and have rescued many families in the past.

When Glenda finally hit Banaba the community was whipped by strong winds and rain. But in the end, it was the wind which caused the most damage. The rivers did not swell and the boats were happily not needed this time. This didn’t mean the boat crews stood idle however.

For example Rene, boat crew leader in the Laylayan area of Banaba, noticed a tree that was threatening to fall on his neighbors house. Rene insisted that his neighbours evacuate and when the tree later destroyed their house no-one was hurt as a result. We asked Rene to describe how he felt after the storm and he had this to say:

"I have been doing this kind of assistance to my neighbors for many years. It is already an automatic action for me not responding is not being true to myself. I should do what I must do even during times of affliction and adversities"

This almost certainly won’t be the last severe weather that Banaba will have to cope with this year and thanks to you Rene, and the rest of Buklod Tao, will stand ready to respond with their boats and crew members.

As always, if you ever have any queries about how we’re using your donation, please don’t hesitate to email Emma@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

Aug 6, 2014

Celebrating achievement to teach responsibility

Celebrating achievement at the orphanage
Celebrating achievement at the orphanage

Thanks to the support of donors like you the kids at the HTDC orphanage are continuing to thrive!

The school year has just finished and six kids “graduated” kindergarten and will be moving onto elementary school this fall.

The orphanage held a special graduation ceremony to celebrate their achievement, and its partly by rewarding achievements in this way that the orphanage leaders teach the kids about responsibility while also having fun.

But, the orphanage leaders’ successful methods show every day, not just on special events like graduation.

The older kids continue to get involved with helping around the orphanage. For example, by helping organize “summer camp” now school is out. The older kids also help the younger kids learn about responsibility by organizing competitions to see who has the tidiest room, or does their homework first.

In this way all the kids at the orphanage help out while also having fun. Over the past three years donors like you have given their hard earned money to make all this possible. But while the orphanage is extremely grateful they’re also keen to be financially independent one day.

That’s why your donations to this project are so important. We’ll use them to buy the orphanage a bus it can rent out and earn an income. The orphanage leaders teach the kids everyday that it’s important to work hard and take responsibility. So thank you for letting them begin to take responsibility for the future of the kids themselves.

As always, if you ever have any queries about how we’re using your donation, please don’t hesitate to email Emma@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

Aug 6, 2014

600 kids' education improved thanks to you!

Some of the kids your donations are helping
Some of the kids your donations are helping

When typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines last November it caused extensive damage to school buildings and equipment. In total over 2,500 schools were affected and this threatened the education of countless children.

Now, thanks to you, two of those schools in Tacloban are well on the road to recovery. Because of your donations over 600 kids who attend these schools will now receive a better education.

Since June we’ve been working with the San Agustin school in Palo, just outside of Tacloban. We’ve worked with the teachers and parents to clean and repaint 7 classrooms. We’ve also built and equipped a kitchen to provide school meals, and renovated toilets and bathrooms so the kids can wash their hands before eating!

We’ve also built a 40 ft footpath to keep kids out of the mud and repaired school furniture to keep them off the floor. All in all our work to date has allowed San Agustin’s 256 kids to start their school year this June in a safe, clean and beautiful environment.

But our work doesn’t stop there. For the last two months we’ve also been building a brand new 7m x 9m classroom for the school’s kindergarten class. The kids in this class are currently learning in a hot tent so they’re really keen to move into the new classroom which will be cooler and decorated with stimulating murals.

The classroom walls are already built and plastered and it's now just waiting for its roof. The walls of the attached bathroom are also nearly at head height so finishing this won’t be far behind either.

As these major works at San Agustin are nearing completion we’ve now also turned our attention to the nearby Lun Tad Elementary school, also in Palo. These two schools share a principal, Soloman, and when Soloman saw the results at San Agustin he quickly asked for our help with Lun Tad as well.

Over 380 kids attend Lun Tad and its 12 classrooms were badly damaged by typhoon Haiyan. We started work at Lun Tad on Monday 21st July and we will be repairing and repainting all 12 classrooms over the coming weeks. As of last week the walls of the first classroom had already been scraped and its ceiling had received a fresh coat of paint.

We wouldn’t be able to do any of this work supporting education in Tacloban without donors like you. So on behalf of IDV, and the kids of Tacloban - thank you so much!

As always, if you ever have any queries about how we’re using your donation, please don’t hesitate to email Emma@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

The walls of the San Agustin classroom are done!
The walls of the San Agustin classroom are done!
The first classroom at Lun Tad being scraped
The first classroom at Lun Tad being scraped
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