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.
Jun 3, 2013

Growing in Manila!

Volunteers and at risk community members
Volunteers and at risk community members

We're delighted to report that our work in Manila is changing lives every day. Our work is ranging from stockpiling food for when the floods come to helping community members learn to use technology to stay in touch with one another during floods and track storms. And, of course, we're still working on erosion control and flood defences.

We'll be sending you a full update within a few days - including an exciting upcoming matching opportunity! For the time being, here are a few of our favorite photos of the work you've made possible so far!

Stay tuned for our fantastic matching opportunity next week, and thanks so much for your support! 

Learning how to use the internet to track storms
Learning how to use the internet to track storms
Working with communities to prepare for disaster
Working with communities to prepare for disaster
May 28, 2013

Our new home on GlobalGiving

Erosion control continues here in Banaba! We're currently focusing on controlling the rapid erosion of essential evacuation routes with steel and rock retaining walls.

While our work on the ground here in Manila continues, we've decided that on GlobalGiving, this project should be folded into our larger project - Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster. We hope that you'll check out this project so that you can keep getting updates on how your donation is changing lives. You can even claim a large wallet when you make a $25 donation!

Thanks so much for your generosity, and we can't wait to see you on our Help Filipino Community Prepare for Disaster page.

May 16, 2013

Thanks so much for supporting Brunache

Thanks so much!
Thanks so much!

We can’t believe that you’ve paid for Brunache’s education for a year! Thanks to you, Brunachewill be able to learn the skills she needs to find dignified, living wage employment, escape poverty, and provide for her family.

There are so many ways that you could have spent your hard earned money, but you chose to support Brunache. Thanks so much!

To let you know how your donation is changing lives, we’ll send you regular updates through this project’s parent project “Change Lives with English Education”.

We’d also love to provide you with extra updates outside the site. We never share your details, and you’ll only get one update every six weeks or so. To opt in to these extra updates, just email

Thanks again for supporting Brunache, and we wish you all the best!

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