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.
May 28, 2014

Nathaelle wants to thank you!

Your support is changing her life
Your support is changing her life

Thanks to your extraordinary generosity, the future at HTDC looks bright.

None of the children is more aware of the difference you’ve made in their lives than Nathaelle because she was the very first child taken in by the orphanage.

Nathaelle was abandoned in 1999 when she was just a few months old. At that point the HTDC orphanage didn’t formally exist. The orphanage’s founder, Denise, heard about Nathaelle’s plight and realised she couldn’t leave the baby to fend for herself. HTDC was born when Denise took Nathaelle in.

Nathaelle has been through massive ups and downs with the orphanage. Sometimes, before the earthquake, things were ok. Other months, they were short of food and she couldn’t go to school.

As one of the oldest children at the orphanage, when the earthquake struck she helped the adults care for the younger children through incredibly difficult circumstances. Living in tents, with no idea where the next meal was coming from, Nathaelle had to grow up fast.

Today, thanks to you, things are different. Because you chose to give, Nathaelle doesn’t have to look after the younger kids and worry about finding the next meal. Instead, she’s doing what all talented young women should be doing – planning her future. She hopes to be a nurse one day.

But, as you know, Nathaelle and all the children at the orphanage still face challenges. We need to fund their education, health care, nutritious food and education. It’s a big job, but happily GlobalGiving is here to help.

One July 16th, GlobalGiving will match that your gift by 50%. This means that if you give $50, GlobalGiving will top up your donation to $75.

That makes the 16th a very exciting day

If you ever have any questions about how we’re using your gifts, please don’t hesitate to email Emma@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you!

May 28, 2014

Maria has a message for you

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You're giving her the skills to save lives

In Banaba, it’s not a question of if there will be another flood - only when. That’s why your gifts to help the community prepare for disaster are so essential.

Like all of our rescue team members, Maria is devoted to helping her community. But, if the worst comes to the worst and Maria needs to evacuate someone who has been injured, Maria needs to know what to do.

That’s why we recently helped community leaders learn about first aid.

Over an intensive two day course led by army personnel, rescue team members like Maria learned CPR, how to safety move someone who may have a spinal cord injury, how to splint a broken bone, how to navigate through smoke – as floods often trigger fires – and much more.

Your donations funded this training – thanks so much!

While the recent training was fantastic, there’s still much to do. Not all of our teams have received first aid training, and some of them still need new equipment – like first aid kits and life vests .

Happily, GlobalGiving is joining the fight to help Banaba prepare for disaster.

One July 16th, GlobalGiving will match your gift by 50%. This means that if you give $50, GlobalGiving will top up your donation to $75, and we’ll be able to keep investing in Banaba’s ability to resist and recover from disasters.

That makes July 16th a very exciting day to give!

If you ever have any questions about how we’re using your gifts, please don’t hesitate to email Emma@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you!

Learning to move an injured person
Learning to move an injured person
The basics of CPR
The basics of CPR
May 28, 2014

Nathaelle wants to say thank you

Thanks for giving Nathaelle a future!
Thanks for giving Nathaelle a future!

Thanks to a recent $5,000 donation, we only need to raise another $9,000 to fund a bus for the HTDC orphanage and give Nathaelle a secure future

None of the children is more aware of the difference the bus businesses you’re funding will make than Nathaelle, because Nathaelle was the very first child taken in by the orphanage.

Nathaelle was abandoned in 1999 when she was just a few months old. At that point the HTDC orphanage didn’t formally exist. The orphanage’s founder, Denise, heard about Nathaelle’s plight and realised she couldn’t leave the baby to fend for herself. HTDC was born when Denise took Nathaelle in.

Nathaelle has been through massive ups and downs with the orphanage. Sometimes, before the earthquake, things were ok. Other months, they were short of food and she couldn’t go to school.

As one of the oldest children at the orphanage, when the earthquake struck she helped the adults care for the younger children through incredibly difficult circumstances. Living in tents, with no idea where the next meal was coming from, Nathaelle had to grow up fast.

Since 2011, things have stabilised thanks to the support of donors like you, but Nathaelle knows that the orphanage still isn’t secure. After all, she’s seen the orphanage’s lean years.

But now, things are different. Nathaelle has hope for a secure future because you’re moving the orphanage ever closer to generating its own income. Even better, GlobalGiving is joining the fight for sustainability at HTDC.

Next month, GlobalGiving will match your gifts by 50%. This means that GlobalGiving will turn your $50 gift into $75. We hope you’ll give what you can on July 16th to make the most of this opportunity!

If you ever have any questions about how we’re using your gifts, please don’t hesitate to email Emma@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you!

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