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 6, 2014

Supporting typhoon affected families thanks to you

Hundreds of kids received a hot meal thanks to you
Hundreds of kids received a hot meal thanks to you

On July 16th, typhoon Glenda slammed into the Philippines bringing hurricane force winds and rain.

Less than a year after Haiyan devastated their lives, the residents of Tacloban were scared and many people living in coastal communities were evacuated as a precaution. In the end, Glenda passed safely north of Tacloban, but thousands of Haiyan survivors were still forced from their homes for the second time this year.

Thanks to your donations we were there to help make this second displacement that little bit easier for those affected.

Our mobile “soup kitchen” sprang into action to prepare a nutritious and warming hot meal for evacuees. Between the Anibong Elementary school and the Tacloban Astrodome our soup kitchen fed over 600 people forced from their homes by Glenda.

The meals we provided helped keep families healthy and full of hope that the world hadn’t forgotten them. Even before Glenda struck our soup kitchen had already provided thousands of meals - and this is all thanks to you!

While hot meals provide comfort and nutrition, evacuated families also worry about looking after each other in other ways when severe weather strikes.

Because of this we’ve also been organizing first aid workshops since July. These two day workshops start by teaching a step-by-step process on how to approach a medical emergency, bleeding control, amputations, lacerations, dog bites, impalement, sprains, broken bones, and CPR.

The second day begins with a review, then head/spinal injuries, how to move patients, burns, infections, dressing wounds, stroke, heart attack, heat stroke, and finishes with various medical questions the participants. The locations of these workshops vary, but they usually take place in the temporary “community-center” of the barangay (or village).

So far we’ve run 6 workshops, all of which have been enthusiastically received by hundreds of Tacloban’s residents. Thanks to your donations we’ll also be providing each barangay with a comprehensive first aid kit. You’ve given families affected by typhoon Haiyan the skills and materials they need to look after each other in the future.

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.

Families have learned skills to help each other
Families have learned skills to help each other
Aug 6, 2014

Our work supporting education in Haiti

Over the last three years your generous donations have enabled us to provide a life-changing education for some of Port au Prince’s most vulnerable children.

School in Haiti isn’t free and these kids, whose parents’ can’t afford to pay school fees, would have been denied an education if it wasn’t for donors like you.

All the kids have worked hard, attended class regularly and done well in their exams because they’ve been extremely grateful for the opportunity your donations have given them.

So, it is with real sadness that we now have to inform you of issues that have developed with the host school over the summer. In negotiating our program plans for the next school year the school principal has proposed what we feel are unjustifiable price increases for school fees and materials, such as books, for the coming year.

This price increase brings the cost of school far above the average for a quality education in Port au Prince.

Despite comprehensive discussions the principal is refusing to move from his position. This means that we do not feel we can proceed at the current school while also safeguarding the donations you have so generously chosen to give.

As a result we are now seeking a new school to work with for the coming school year, but this presents us with other challenges.

Parents can be reluctant to send their children to school in other neighborhoods, and others may not want to separate kids from their friends.

So, while we had always planned to support the same kids year after year, it may not be possible to move all the kids currently in our scholarship program to the new school.

We understand that many of you have donated to support particular kids and we are truly sorry for any disappointment this causes. We take our commitments very seriously and so we wanted to send this report as soon as it became clear that we would not be able to proceed as planned.

At this point, we have sufficient funding in the bank to pay for an additional year of school for all the children in our programme. For the time being, we’ll close this project down on GlobalGiving as we explore options for continuing the programme.

Our plan is to use the funds already received for another year of school for as many of the children you’ve supported as possible next year. If we then feel that the project will continue in the long-term, we’ll re-post this project here on GlobalGiving, and you’ll be able to continue supporting education in Haiti.

If we do not feel confident that we can continue our scholarship programme the following year without hitting these same problems again, then we will permanently close the programme.

We understand that this may be upsetting news for many of you. If you have any concerns at all please don’t hesitate to email Emma@IDVolunteers.org so we can discuss them.

Once again, we would like to extend our sincerest apologies for any disappointment or inconvenience.

Aug 6, 2014

Our work supporting shelter after typhoon Haiyan

When typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines last November it left hundreds of thousands of people homeless in its wake. We’ve been keen to support the massive need for shelter after Haiyan and since February of this year we’ve been working with our Filipino partner, Gawad Kalinga (GK), to do just that.

We’ve demolished damaged houses so that reconstruction could start and helped build dozens of homes in the community of Pago before turning our focus to Palo.

In Palo we’ve been planning to help finish the interiors of 96 homes once GK completed their own work building the main structure of the houses. Our work finishing the homes was originally scheduled to start in May but main construction has been delayed for a variety of reasons and, as a result, work on the interiors has still not started.

At the same time our project engineer in Tacloban is approaching the end of his contract and we’ve become concerned that our planned work on the interior of these homes will now no longer be possible following his departure.

We will be continuing to support long-term recovery from Haiyan but over the coming months we’ll be starting to focus more on working with local partner organisations, rather than implementing projects through international specialists.

However, in Palo our plan was for our engineer to work directly with individual families. So, in this case, we do not feel that we can start the planned work without an overall local partner in place.

We take our commitments very seriously and so we wanted to send this report as soon as it became clear that we would not be able to proceed as planned. Donations already received will be used to cover the costs of our work to date and we will be closing down this project on GlobalGiving once this report has been sent.

Once again we apologise for any disappointment or inconvenience we have caused. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email Emma@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

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