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.
Jul 15, 2015

Amazing Results at Anibongon School

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You've helped these kids at Anibongon School

We’re delighted to report that our work at the Anibongon Elementary School is now complete.

This small rural school is located in the municipality of Jaro, about 40 miles from Tacloban. 76 kids attend school here. The school was devastated by typhoon Haiyan and when we first visited in early April we found them in desperate need of help.

Although the school isn’t far from the main road the only bridge to the community was also washed away by the typhoon. As a result no-one had been willing to provide help for over 17 months due to the logistical challenges involved.

But these challenges didn’t put us off and at the end of April we began work to repair and refurbish the school’s four classrooms.

This work was urgently needed as although the classrooms were in a very dangerous condition, the kids were still using the buildings as they had literally no-where else to go!

We were also keen to complete the work as soon as possible as summer holidays in the Philippines run from late March to late June, and we didn’t want to disrupt classes any more than we had to.

As a result our team decided to camp out at the school so that they could work around the clock and not lose time travelling back and forth.

As soon as their camp was established our team got to work on completely replacing the roofs and internal ceilings on two of the classrooms. We also replaced the broken doors and windows to make the rooms secure and watertight. Finally we repainted the classrooms to make them beautiful and bright.

With this work complete we turned our attention to the two remaining classrooms. Before starting work at the school we’d met with the Philippine Department of Education. They’d told us that these other two classrooms were going to be demolished at some point in the future.

There was no timescale given for this demolition however and we wanted to be sure that the kids had somewhere safe and dry to learn in the meanwhile. So, we reinforced and repaired the damaged roof sections to make sure that they wouldn’t collapse or leak.

As a result of all this work the school has now been completely transformed and all the kids and teachers are overjoyed with their new classrooms.

This transformation was only possible because of your incredible generosity and on behalf of the community of Anibongon we want to say thank you so much!

You’ve already given so much to help support education in Tacloban but this July 15 we’re asking you please consider helping even more kids. This is because on July 15 GlobalGiving will be matching donations to this cause by an amazing 50%.

Matching will start at 9am Eastern Time (or 1pm in the UK) and donations up to $1,000 (or £600 in the UK) will be matched per donor while funds remain. So, please consider making a gift on July 15, and please also spread the word about this incredible opportunity.

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

Anibongon School before we started work
Anibongon School before we started work
Anibongon School now and the team who fixed it
Anibongon School now and the team who fixed it
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It's a great day to help more kids like Rose
Jul 15, 2015

Helping the Heroes who Help Their Communities

The crew of the "Helen Thompson" Boat
The crew of the "Helen Thompson" Boat

July has arrived and the residents of Banaba, just outside of Manila, are starting to step up their preparations for the approaching rainy season.

Banaba is flooded several times a year during the rainy season. So, all its residents know they need to make adequate preparations for when the rivers next burst their banks.

But some residents are even more aware than most. These are the brave men and women who crew the community’s flood rescue boats.

When the floods inevitably strike these crews will immediately spring into action to rescue neighbours who have been trapped by the rapidly rising water.

It can be a dangerous job crewing one of these boats, as the currents are incredibly strong. Boats also have to navigate narrow passageways, which can be blocked by debris. Floods can also strike anytime, day or night, and the darkness makes rescuing people more dangerous.

So, these boat crews are the community’s heros. They don’t get paid for their time and efforts. And they selflessly put themselves in harm’s way many times each year.

But because these boat crews are so brave it can sometimes be easy to forget they’re just everyday people too. They’re also scared of the water which submerges their community. And they also have wives, husbands, parents and children who worry about them when they’re on patrol.

For all these reasons we wanted to do something to help make their jobs safer and easier. So we recently provided several of Banaba’s boat crews with vital equipment including life jackets, flashlights and ropes.

These crews operate rescue boats in the Armpac, Banaba Extension and North Libis areas of the community. They were all delighted with the new equipment that was previously lacking.

While this equipment was relatively simple to provide it could literally save their lives. As a result the crews, and their families, will be able to breath a little easier when the floods soon arrive.

Thanks so much for making this simple yet impactful help possible!

We’d like to provide more boat crews with similar equipment, and so this July 15 we’re asking you please consider supporting these brave men and women once again. This is because on July 15 GlobalGiving will be matching donations to this project by an amazing 50%.

Matching will start at 9am Eastern Time (or 1pm in the UK) and donations up to $1,000 (or £600 in the UK) per donor will be matched while funds remain. So, please consider making a gift on July 15, and please also spread the word about this incredible opportunity.

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

The crew of the "GlobalGiving" boat
The crew of the "GlobalGiving" boat
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It's a great day to help crews help more evacuees
Jul 15, 2015

EIM Institute Going From Strength to Strength

EIM Principal Brunel and Deputy Nocky on the left
EIM Principal Brunel and Deputy Nocky on the left

Summer has arrived in Haiti and things are really heating up at the English in Mind (EIM) Institute!

In our January project report we announced that EIM had purchased its own plot of land in Port-au-Prince. We’re now delighted to report that work has started with a pro-bono building design team out of Austin.

Last week the architectural design plans were presented for the first time and they’re incredible! We want to say a huge thanks to architect Jen Weaver and structural engineer Dante Angelini (and their team) for their amazing solutions. Brunel, Enock and the rest of the EIM staff gave their feedback and we’re expecting a full rendering by September.

Meanwhile, before construction begins later next year, EIM students have taken their gardening efforts further by forming a club to make the most of their beautiful new land.

Permaculture expert Taylor Beck and EIM gardening club president Ansly Pierre are now working with twelve volunteers from EIM’s student body to plant trees and vegetables, build benches and start a compost system. With four large mango trees on the property the gardening club is already seeing the fruits of its labour!

But there’s another big focus this summer too, and that’s jobs! We want the EIM Institute to be the number one place to go to hire educated, responsible English-speaking adults in Port-au-Prince.

In the past 2 months alone EIM has secured an incredible 18 new positions for its students. These students are now working as teachers, translators, and English speaking employees at clean water and renewable energy organisations.

EIM itself has also taken on eight further students as leaders for its own international volunteer trips! This deserving bunch will be undergoing intensive training through July and will be partnering with foreign volunteers to lead trips through the fall and into 2016!  If you’re interested in the idea of joining one of these trips then don’t hesitate to get in touch!

If you can’t make it to Haiti then please consider supporting EIM by making a donation instead. We always need help with running costs and building EIM its own school will be a huge financial undertaking.

We’re not put off by the challenge though and this July 15 GlobalGiving will be making things easier by matching donations to this project by an incredible 50%.

Matching will start at 9am Eastern Time (or 1pm in the UK) and donations up to $1,000 (or £600 in the UK) will be matched per donor while funds remain. So, please consider making a gift on July 15, and please also spread the word about this incredible opportunity.

If you have any questions about how we’re using your donation, or would like more information about volunteering at EIM, please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

EIM Gardening Club President Ansly
EIM Gardening Club President Ansly
The fruits of the gardening club
The fruits of the gardening club's labor

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