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.
Apr 16, 2014

Your Donations Matched by 50%

Thanks for supporting Avena!
Thanks for supporting Avena!

With exams looming, your support is even more important than ever! Several of our kids are a bit behind – but with your support we’re helping them catch up.

One student who needs a little extra help is Avena. She’s finding math especially difficult, so we’re funding an hour of extra help for her after school every day.

Her teacher reports that since beginning tutoring last month she’s improving rapidly. The tutoring that is helping Avena succeed wouldn’t be possible without you.

Your support is changing 12 children’s lives in Port au Prince – and today your gifts to keep them in school will be matched by 50%!

That means that while you would normally need to give $500 to fund a child’s education for a year, today you can fund a year of school for just $333.

We hope you’ll give what you can so we can keep Avena and her classmates learning.

Thanks so much, and – as always – if you have any questions about how we’re using your donations please don’t hesitate to email Emma@IDVolunteers.org.

Apr 16, 2014

"I started this school with one classroom and an office space borrowed from my mother in law"

You can help him stay in school!
You can help him stay in school!

First of all, thanks so much to everyone who gave on February 12th! Your donations have inspired hope in the Philippines and allowed us to continue supporting the Aram Learning Studio.

We’d also like to apologise for the long delay between our updates. Although Typhoon Haiyan struck over four months ago, communications are still very difficult. Our team doesn’t have power much of the time, and getting information out is a challenge. We’re actively seeking solutions so that we can update you more regularly, but until then we hope you’ll bear with us!

Our work with Aram is rapidly expanding. The school’s founder, Charina, wrote this letter expressing her gratitude for re-opening the school. She’s thanking our organisation – IDV – but we wouldn’t have been able to help Charina without you.

“Teacher Firie and I started this school with one classroom and an office space borrowed from my mother in law. As more parents have approached us, the school has grown.

The typhoon dealt us a new set of challenges. Even with our own personal challenges, we recognized the school's special role in helping the community. [I left right after the storm, but] I soon went back to Tacloban to help clean the school. It was the Universe's way of answering us when [IDV staff] Dave and Dagmara…found out about the school.

Firie and I were getting ready to start, once again, with just a single classroom. IDV gave us the chance to reopen as a fully functioning school. Because of this, we can hope to move ahead with the children.”

Charina has big plans for the future. Working with a larger organisation called “The Center of Blended Learning” she wants to expand the school and start holding seminars to help main-stream schools manage students with special needs.

But Charina also has concerns about the future. “Many first response aid will be removed soon. Stability of livelihood is a challenge of many.”

With your support, we’ll keep the Aram Learning Studio’s teachers employed and expand the school. These ambitious plans have the power to change children’s lives in Tacloban – but they won’t be possible without you.

Today, and today only, your gifts to the Aram learning studio will be matched by 50%. Your gifts will fund teacher’s salaries, construction to expand the school, more school supplies and enriching therapy for kids with special needs.

Please give what you can so that Charina can keep supporting the community’s most vulnerable kids.

Thanks so much, and – as always – if you have any questions about how we’re using your donations please don’t hesitate to email Emma@IDVolunteers.org.

Apr 7, 2014

Exciting steps - thanks to you!

Building homes!
Building homes!

First of all, thanks so much to everyone who gave on February 12th! Your donations have inspired hope in the Philippines and allowed us to continue supporting survivors.

We’d also like to apologise for the long delay between our updates. Although Typhoon Haiyan struck over four months ago, communications are still very difficult. Our team doesn’t have power much of the time, and getting information out is a challenge. We’re actively seeking solutions so that we can update you more regularly, but until then we hope you’ll bear with us!

Happily, difficulty in getting information to you doesn’t mean the projects you’ve made possible aren’t thriving.

In our last update we told you that we’d begun clearing debris to make way for homes. Well, since that update we’re delighted to report that we’ve helped our Filipino partners, Gawad Kalinga (GK), build one of the first – possibly the very first – home constructed following Typhoon Haiyan’s devastating impacts.

We’re currently working with GK on how we can support shelter needs in Tacloban moving forward – stay tuned for updates!

We also updated you in February on our work providing school meals. Thanks to your gifts, we’ve now provided hundreds of meals to children who would otherwise have either not attended school or gone all day without food.

Happily, the local government and UN are now able to restart providing food in some schools. As their capacity grows, we’ll work with other NGO parnters to develop children’s outreach programmes including meals and support services. Once again – stay tuned!

As we provide meals, we’re also piloting a new community gardening initiative to help families become more food secure. Before the storm, many families grew their own vegetables, but Haiyan washed away or contaminated most of their soil and destroyed their seeds.

Working with yet another Filipino partner, we’ll bring in new soil and hold community gardening workshops. Families attending the workshops will learn more effective growing techniques, get advice on protecting gardens and learn how to use recycled material while gardening. At the end of each workshop, attendants will leave with the soil and seeds they need to restart their own gardens.

This is just a small sample of the work you’ve made possible in Tacloban – your gifts have also allowed us to support local livelihood initiatives, help with cleanup, work with local kids, and a great deal more.

Even better, because we always work in partnership with local groups, your donations are also allowing us to empower local leaders and build communities’ capacities to help themselves.

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to each and every one of you for supporting our work. Your gifts are changing lives.

If you ever have any question about how we’re using your donation, please don’t hesitate to email me at Emma@IDVolunteers.org. I would love to hear from you.

One last time, thanks so much and we wish you all the best!

Working with Filipino partners feeding kids
Working with Filipino partners feeding kids
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