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.
Aug 12, 2013

Fancy a Challenge?

You can help kids like Sonia go to school!
You can help kids like Sonia go to school!

Fantastic news - GlobalGiving is once again making it easier to support the kids in our scholarship programme with their new and improved fundraising pages. From September 1st to 30th, all fundraisers who raise more than $500 for a GlobalGiving project will be entered into a raffle for a variety of great prizes like flip cams and airline tickets. There are also financial awards for the project with the most fundraisers! That makes September a great month to cycle, bake, or walk for scholarships!

Your fundraising efforts could send a child like Zach to school for a year. With your support he'll be the first person in his family to attend school past the age of 14. If you'd like help planning your fundraising event you can visit www.IDVolunteers.org/fundaise-idv or email Emma@IDVolunteers.org.

Once you've decided how much you'd like to raise and how you want to raise it you can create your fundraising page here. Don't forget to add our project as the beneficiary of your efforts once you've created your page! Again, if you have any questions please email Emma@IDVolunteers.org.

Thanks so much, and very warm regards!

Aug 12, 2013

Thanks so much!

Thanks so much!
Thanks so much!

Wow! We can't believe that you funded an entire year of school for Wilkenson with just a few clicks and your amazing generosity. Because of you, we'll be able to keep Wilkenson in school and learning the skills he needs to build a brighter tomorrow.

Wilkenson's been doing really well in school - he hasn't needed even one hour of extra help yet! But if he does, we'll be there, ready to get him the tutoring he needs We'll be able to support Wilkenson because you chose to give.

There are so many things you could have spent your hard earned money on, but you chose Wilkenson. Thanks so much.

We'll keep updating you about Wilkenson 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 don't hesitate to email Emma@IDVolunteers.org. We'd be delighted to hear from you!

Thanks again for making Wilkenson's future bright, and our warmest regards!

Aug 12, 2013

Rainy Season in Full Swing!

Help us build more boats like this one!
Help us build more boats like this one!

August has been a rude awakening for the staff of our charity. Most of us are spending our first rainy season in Banaba and had no idea how quickly the rivers could rise.

There's a small creek behind our house that we can usually barely see from our roof. When we woke up on the morning of August 6th, we were gob-smacked to see the "small creek" full of fast flowing, brown water. We could see it clearly from the upstairs bedrooms.

Overnight, our creek turned into a raging torrent. All the rivers in Banaba rose as quickly as our creek did and it wasn't because of a typhoon - they rose after just a few hours of heavy rain. Luckily, on the 6th it stopped raining at 10 am and the river reached a maximum height of 15.5 meters - about 51 feet.

Evacuations start at 16 meters. That means we were only half a meter - a foot and a half - from the first flood evacuation of the year.

For families who live by the river, the floodwaters sometimes rise too quickly for them to get to safety, and when that happens they rely on rescue team leaders like Romeo. But Romeo can only rescue trapped residents because donors around the world gave the funds we needed to build his boat. There are dozens of communities who don't yet have a single rescue boat - and we need to equip them!

Last week we delivered another boat, and the community was incredibly grateful. We hope to deliver more boats as soon as possible - and you can help us get there by fundraising! What's more, thanks to GlobalGiving, your fundraising efforts could win you fabulous prizes!

From September 1st to 30th, all fundraisers who raise more than $500 for a GlobalGiving project will be entered in a raffle for prizes ranging from a flip cam to airline tickets. There are also financial awards for the project with the most fundraisers! That makes September a great month to cycle, bake, or walk for rescue boats in Banaba! If you'd like help planning your fundraising efforts you can visit www.IDVolunteers.org/fundaise-idv or email Emma@IDVolunteers.org.

Once you've decided how much you'd like to raise and how you want to raise it you can create your fundraising page here. Don't forget to add our project as the beneficiary of your efforts once you've created your page! Again, if you have any questions please email Emma@IDVolunteers.org. Thanks so much, and our very warmest regards from Banaba!

Receiving their boat! We hope to build more!
Receiving their boat! We hope to build more!
Boats protect kids like Mark!
Boats protect kids like Mark!
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