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 24, 2013

Your life-saving generosity

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That means 'Thank You!' in Filipino!

Thanks so much to everyone who took advantage of GlobalGiving’s most recent matching day. Your gifts on the 18th were a third more impactful then normal – and that has made all the difference for families like Sherwin’s.

If you’re like us, you’re starting to think about the holiday season. The holidays are a time of joy – but for many of us they’re also incredibly busy! Before the end of year rush starts, we wanted to pause for a moment and thank you for everything you’ve given over the last year.

Because of you, when disaster struck in August, 2013, Banaba was ready. Families like Sherwin’s were supported by community rescue teams who had the boats they needed to bring trapped families to safety.

Vulnerable families in Banaba face multiple floods every year. Parents always try to get their families to safety before the waters rise, but sometimes the floods come too quickly. In the past parents in Banaba have spent many sleepless nights listening to the rain and wondering if they would have time to get their kids to safety if the waters started to rise.

But since you funded rescue boats, Banaba’s parents have been sleeping easier because they know that, if the waters do catch them by surprise, there will be someone there to help them get their kids to safety.

Their peace of mind is only possible because of your generosity.

There have been so many times over the past year that you could have chosen to spend your hard earned money on something for yourself or your family, but you chose to support families like Sherwin’s. Thanks so much for your extraordinary generosity. 

As always, if you ever have any questions about how your donation is changing lives, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing Emma@IDVolunteers.org. We’d love to hear from you!

Thanks again for your generosity, and our very warmest regards!

Oct 24, 2013

Your extraordinary choice

That means "Thank you" in Filipino!
That means "Thank you" in Filipino!

Thanks so much to everyone who took advantage of GlobalGiving’s most recent matching day. Your gifts on October 18th were a third more valuable – and that has made all the difference for families like Sherwin’s.

If you’re like us, you’re starting to think about the holiday season. The holidays are a time of joy – but for many of us they’re also incredibly busy! Before the end of year rush starts, we wanted to pause for a moment and thank you for everything you’ve given over the last year.

Because of you, when disaster struck in August, 2013, Banaba was ready. Families like Sherwin’s had emergency food during the flood evacuation and emergency relief in the difficult days after the water receded.

What’s more, now – three months after the floods – there are now projects running that will help Sherwin and his family become more prosperous and less vulnerable.

There have been so many times over the past year that you could have chosen to spend your hard earned money on something for yourself or your family, but you made the incredibly generous choice to support families like Sherwin’s. Thanks so much!

As always, if you ever have any questions about how your donation is changing lives, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing Emma@IDVolunteers.org. We’d love to hear from you!

Thanks again for your generosity, and our very warmest regards! 

Oct 24, 2013

Your life-changing generosity

We appreciate your generosity!
We appreciate your generosity!

Thanks so much to everyone who took advantage of GlobalGiving’s most recent matching day. Your gifts on the 23rd were a third more impactful than normal – and that has made all the difference for students like Diana.

If you’re like us, you’re starting to think about the holiday season. The holidays are a time of joy – but for many of us they’re also incredibly busy! Before the end of year rush starts, we wanted to pause for a moment and thank you for everything you’ve given over the last year.

Because of you, not only has our scholarship programme continued providing a high quality education to 10 vulnerable kids over the last year – it’s grown! We’ve welcomed two new students for the 2013-14 school year, bringing our total number of students to 12.

Our newest students have inspiring stories. 19 year old Diana hasn’t attended school in years. She has 12 brothers and sisters, and her parents couldn’t afford educate them.

For years, Diana has worked odd jobs. But without even a basic education, the work was always menial and low paid. Despite the challenges she’s faced, Diana never gave up the hope of returning to school.

Now, at 19, she’s realizing that dream thanks to you. Diana can barely read and write, so she’ll be placed in a special class for teens who have missed school. Your generosity will mean we can give her the extra support she needs to catch up and receive her high school equivalency.

The 12 children in our scholarship programme have all been affected by generations of poverty and wouldn’t be able to go to school without you. The education you’re providing is their ticket to a bright future that finally breaks the cycle of poverty.  Thanks so much!

As always, if you ever have any questions about how your donation is changing lives, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing Emma@IDVolunteers.org. We’d love to hear from you!

Thanks again for your generosity, and our very warmest regards!

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