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

Ready to respond to typhoons thanks to you!

Your donations providing hot meals during Glenda
Your donations providing hot meals during Glenda

On July 16th, typhoon Glenda slammed into Manila bringing hurricane force winds and rain. The community of Banaba is used to flooding, but Glenda’s strong winds made it particularly dangerous.

Thanks to you, the community leaders of Buklod Tao were ready and, as soon as it became apparent that Glenda would strike Banaba, they sprang into action.

We asked community leader Noli to tell us about his experiences of typhoon Glenda and the work your donations made possible. Here’s what he had to say:

In the evening of 15th July, during the calm before the storm [we] purchase needed food items so that we would be able to prepare food for the people who would probably need to evacuated. We also made sure that our community leaders had credit on their phones, so we could stay in touch during the storm...Monitoring of the river and the wind ensued all throughout the night and we relayed early warning to neighbors - especially regarding the perils of big trees being uprooted and might fall to walls and houses, and about the level of the river. Boats were readied, the vessels already prepositioned all year round in the peripheral communities prone to flooding.

In the morning of 16 July, the communities were whipped by the strong winds of Glenda coupled with strong rain. But the winds were more devastating than the rain. The rivers did not swell. Roofing materials and plywood or tarpaulin sheets  were blown away. People evacuated to four centers and our community rescue teams helped people reach safety.

We transported kids and mothers from sition Libis Riverside to safe evacuation centres. At midmorning we prepared two cauldrons of hot porridge and fed more than 100 people who had been forced from their homes.

As the storm calmed, we worked with the neighborhood President, Romy, to undertake a rapid damage assessment in the community. We found that 71 informal settler families had badly damaged homes and were in terrible need. We used our emergency fund to buy much needed repair and replacement of roof materials, plywood wall and construction nails.

No casualty was reported.

In times like typhoon Glenda, we remember our motto“In times of affliction, God and Preparedness are our protection”.

Thank you for making it possible for us to prepare!”

Without your donations, Buklod Tao wouldn’t have been there to ensure families reached safety, to provide supplies to make emergency repairs and to make sure families forced from their homes had a hot meal in their time of need. Thanks so much!

This almost certainly won’t be the last severe weather that Buklod Tao will have to cope with – and that’s why we hope you’ll give what you can today.

Thanks so much, and we wish you all the best.

Families who were fed thanks to you!
Families who were fed thanks to you!
Aug 6, 2014

Learning through fun at the HTDC orphanage

Saying thank you for being recognized!
Saying thank you for being recognized!

Thanks to your generous donations the kids at the HTDC orphanage are continuing to thrive!

The school year has just finished and all of the kids have worked really hard and done well. However, special praise goes to the six kids who “graduated” kindergarten and who 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. Also, Nathaelle, one of the eldest kids, is now helping to translate when English speaking visitors drop by.

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 helps out while also having fun.

It’s great to see the kids thriving this way and its all thanks to you. Before your help the orphanage lived from day to day. Thanks to you the kids can now enjoy being kids, while also learning important lessons about life.

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

Aug 6, 2014

Progress at EIM thanks to you!

Thanks for helping him learn English!
Thanks for helping him learn English!

Your on-going support of the English in Mind (EIM) Institute continues to change lives in Haiti. The school thrives because of your generosity – but you aren’t the only ones supporting EIM.

A group of international supporters continue to travel to the school and help the Haitian staff and students. For this project report, we asked international team leader – Stephanie Price – to write an update on how EIM is developing:

“2014 has been a big year so far for English in Mind Institute!

In the spring we transitioned to a new, temporary building, which gives us more space to hold our classes simultaneously. We also have our own computer lab at the new school complete with six newly donated laptops with WiFi connection. In addition, we received a grant, which allowed us to outfit our teachers with iPads and projectors for their classes.

These advances in technology enable us to provide more English resources to our students that go beyond the textbook. In June, we also welcomed Jonathon Ende, the founder of several tech-start ups in New York who offered web coding classes to our Advanced students. Learning English is about connecting ourselves with the larger world and being more tech savvy will give us a true advantage moving forward.

Jonathon was not the only foreign volunteer to visit EIM this year. As of July we’ve already welcomed six new groups of American and Canadian volunteers to Haiti! These new friends taught us extra classes and administered additional test prep for our final exams in September. We also enjoyed extra time socializing outside the classroom, to further a cultural exchange that goes beyond English. Many of our students have noted that getting regular exposure to native English speakers is a true advantage of EIM, as it’s an opportunity rarely granted at other institutes.

What’s next for us? Last month we opened up registration for new 2015 students and were overwhelmed by the response. We had over 100 applicants on the very first day of sign ups and had to stop accepting names. Come November we’ll be able to decide how many we can afford to admit.

We also have two exciting new announcements: First, as of this month we’ve officially put a deposit down on our very own piece of land in Clercine! Construction won’t begin until late 2015 but it’s extremely exciting (and relieving) to have our own property and no longer be dependent on renting, which in Haiti can be unstable.

Secondly, after a long two-year process, our Haitian principal Brunel is proud to announce that EIM received its registration from the Haitian government. We’re official!”

All these developments wouldn’t be possible without your support – thanks so very much!

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

Students working together to learn more.
Students working together to learn more.

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