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.
Oct 31, 2014

Providing skills and tools thanks to you!

Our workshops were attended by community leaders
Our workshops were attended by community leaders

Thanks to your generous donations we were recently able to complete a series of ten first aid workshops for families affected by typhoon Haiyan.

These workshops, which we introduced in our last project report, were each two days long and taught participants how to assess and handle a wide range of first aid scenarios, from medical emergencies to basic wound care.

Through these workshops a total of almost 450 people learned the skills they’ll need to help their families and friends in the future.

Each of the workshops was held in a different community (or Barangay) of the city of Tacloban. Many were held in the poorer Barangays along the city’s coastline, which often receive less help than those downtown.  Because residents of these communities receive less help, providing them with these skills was doubly important.

Although attendance fluctuated a little from day to day we were delighted that overall consistency was good.  Many of those who returned on the second day also overcame their initial shyness and asked more and more questions.  This showed us that they were taking on the information and really thinking about it overnight.

We were also delighted that many Barangay officials, as well as ordinary residents, attended our courses.  These officials live in the community and are responsible for its welfare on a day-today basis, so their involvement was critical to ensuring that the lessons provided will take root.

As the workshops neared completion we also ensured that participants would have the tools they need to use their new skills.  We did this by providing each Barangay with a first aid kit containing dozens of items like bandages, gauze, antiseptic, burn creams and much more.  

Each kit also contains multiple first-aid manuals summarising the skills learnt during the workshops.  These manuals are in English and also translated into the local dialect of Waray-Waray to make sure everyone can access the knowledge inside.

None of this would have been possible without your previous donations.  So, once again, thanks so much for all you’ve given.  

There’s still so much to be done to help families recover from typhoon Haiyan, but happily GlobalGiving are here to help.

On November 8th, while funds last, GlobalGiving will be matching donations to this project by 100%.  This is a great opportunity for you to double your impact.  So please, consider donating on November 8th and also sharing this opportunity with others.

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

Manuals to help people remember the skills learned
Manuals to help people remember the skills learned
First aid supplies were also provided
First aid supplies were also provided
Oct 31, 2014

Lun Tad school is back on its feet!

Two of the kids you
Two of the kids you've helped at Lun Tad school

Thanks to your incredible generosity our work supporting education in Tacloban has made great progress over the last few months.

At the Lun Tad elementary school, just outside Tacloban, over 380 kids now have a safe, enriching learning environment once again.  Typhoon Haiyan damaged the school’s classrooms and destroyed important teaching materials, leaving the kids’ education in tatters.

But thanks to you, we’ve recently finished breathing new life into the school and given back the kids the education they deserve.

In late September we completed the repairing and repainting of fourteen classrooms at Lun Tad, which was two more than we originally planned for!  We were able to complete this work so quickly thanks to your donations and also thanks to the local community.

Family and friends of the school’s teachers and kids wanted to show you how much your donations meant.  So many of them lent hands to the project in return.  Over several weeks community volunteers of all ages came along to help scrape old paint off walls and repair furniture.  

This community mobilization culminated in a special “Paint Festival” which saw over fifty local volunteers turn-out in just one day.  Our goal for the paint festival was to paint the entire outside of the school.  While this goal was ambitious the day was an incredible success and Lun Tad was transformed in the process.

All the kids are delighted with the school’s beautiful new look and Mr Solomon, Lun Tad’s principal, had this to say about the results:

“We are grateful and honored for the help extended to us. We are very busy, in fact our school [is] always hosting activities in Palo; because of your help painting all the building now our regional director and superintendent [are] impressed for a big change of the school.....thank you thank you .....and more power”

Since the paint festival we’ve finished renovating the inside of the remaining classrooms.  We’ve also provided school, art and sports supplies to replace those lost in the typhoon.  

Thanks to you, Lun Tad school is now back on its feet again.  But it’s library and audio-visual room are still in need of repair.  There are also hundreds of other schools which still badly need help after typhoon Haiyan.  It’s a big job but happily GlobalGiving are here to help.

On November 8th, while funds last, GlobalGiving will be matching any donations to this project by 100%.  This is a great opportunity for you to double your impact.  So please, consider donating on November 8th and also sharing this chance with others.

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

Community volunteers helping to scrape the walls
Community volunteers helping to scrape the walls
This guy doesn
This guy doesn't need a ladder!
Oct 21, 2014

Your Amazing Support

Thanks so much!
Thanks so much!

Wisly’s dad died in the Haitian earthquake and he was one of ten kids his mother had to care for alone.  His mother couldn’t afford to look after all the kids and so she abandoned Wisly and two of his brothers at the orphanage.

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

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

But Wisly is lucky - he has you in his life.

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

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

We’ll keep updating you about Wisly and all his 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 Emma@IDVolunteers.org. We’d love to hear from you!


Thanks again, and very kind regards!

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