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.
Feb 9, 2015

Your Amazing Support

On behalf of Schnaidine, "Thank You" so much
On behalf of Schnaidine, "Thank You" so much

Schnaidine’s mother abandoned her shortly after her birth, and so she lived with her grandmother for a while. But her grandmother had ten other kids to look after, so she was forced to leave Schnaidine, and her older sister Chanini, at the HTDC orphanage.

But with so many basic needs, like food, to worry about, the orphanage couldn’t provide Schnaidine with an education.

Without an education, Schnaidine’s future looked bleak. Without basic literacy and numeracy, she would almost certainly have been doomed to a life of poverty.

But Schnaidine is lucky - she has you in her life.

Your fantastic generosity means that we’ll be able to keep Schnaidine in school and learning the skills she needs to build a brighter tomorrow. Schnaidine’s been doing really well in school, but if she needs extra help we’ll be there to get her the tutoring she needs.

We’ll be able to support Schnaidine because you chose to give. There are so many things you could have spent your hard earned money on, but you chose Schnaidine. Thanks so much.

We’ll keep updating you about Schnaidine and all her classmates through this project’s parent page, Provide a Safe Home for Haitian Orphans. If you ever have any questions about how we're using your donation, please email We’d love to hear from you!

Thanks again, and very kind regards!

Jan 28, 2015

Your Amazing Support

On behalf of Lee, "Salamat Po" (or "Thank You")!
On behalf of Lee, "Salamat Po" (or "Thank You")!

Thanks so much for supporting evacuees like Lee. Lee is two years old and her mom also has a new baby to look after.  This is already hard work and when floods come, and they have to evacuate, Lee’s mom struggles to meet the kids needs.

But now, because of your generosity, we’ll be able to provide hot food for Lee during evacuations.

Hot meals will be available when the next flood comes and forces Lee and her family to leave their home. Evacuation will never be easy for Lee, but your generosity means that Lee and her family won’t go hungry.

We’ll send you updates about how your gift is changing the lives of Lee, her family, and families like theirs right here on GlobalGiving. Should you ever have any questions about how we’re using your donation, please don’t hesitate to email We’d love to hear from you!

One last time, thanks so much for ensuring that Lee and her family can enjoy hot meals during floods.

Very kind regards,

Jan 27, 2015

Your Incredible Impact at San Agustin School

The kindergarten class has a new classroom
The kindergarten class has a new classroom

We’re delighted to announce that, thanks to your amazing support, our work at the San Agustin school is complete!

With your help we began supporting the education of San Agustin’s 256 kids following typhoon Haiyan.  We started by repairing and refurbishing all the school’s existing classrooms and we also built a kitchen.  We then built handwashing stations and concrete walkways to keep kids clean and out of the mud. We also made school fun by painting beautiful, educational murals.

But one more big improvement was also recently finished thanks to your fantastic generosity.

This was a brand new 30’ x 23’ classroom for the school’s kindergarten class.

Following the typhoon the kids in this class were learning in a tent, which was unbearably hot in the sun.  Over time the tent also became incredibly moldy.  Overall it was vital that we move the kids into a proper classroom.

The new classroom’s foundations and walls were completed last fall, but there was still a lot of work left to be done.  Since then, the classroom’s roof has been built, and the windows have also been installed.  This made the building watertight and we could then turn our focus to the interior.

We think the end result is stunning, and this is all thanks to you!

We wanted to provide the kids with the most enriching environment possible and each of the classroom’s different “areas” contributes to an amazing overall outcome.

The first is a library area, which is a comfortable and beautiful place for the kids to learn from the many books and puzzles we’ve provided.

The walls of the teaching area are decorated with amazing murals, including a “measuring tree” so that the kids can see how they’ve grown!

Finally, there’s also an “E-learning” area which has been equipped with computers and a printer.  The computers have been installed with educational software for maths and languages.  This E-Lab area is now being used by all of the school’s other classes, not just the youngest, and so all of the teachers have received training on how to use the equipment.

The San Agustin school is not far from Tacloban but it’s more rural location means that its kids are often poorer and were more neglected than those in the center of the city.  But now their education, and their futures, have been given a huge boost!

We wouldn’t have been able to do any of this without donors like you. So on behalf of IDV, and the kids and teachers of San Agustin - thank you so 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.

The kids LOVE the classroom
The kids LOVE the classroom's library area!
The E-Lab area with the teaching area behind it
The E-Lab area with the teaching area behind it

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