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.
Nov 25, 2013

Erica Mae is Thankful for you this Thanksgiving!

A very happy Thanksgiving to you!
A very happy Thanksgiving to you!

This Thanksgiving, Eric and his family have a great deal to be thankful for.

During floods, in August this year, rapidly rising flood waters trapped Eric and his two month old baby Erica Mae on his home's second story, leaving him with few options to escape. "If there hadn't been a boat, I would have made a raft out of wood and Styrofoam for Erica and then swum toward higher ground."

The dangers of putting a baby on an improvised raft in fast moving floodwater are obvious.

Happily, thanks to you, the rescue team in Eric's neighbourhood has a boat. They were alerted to the trapped baby, went to the house, and brought Eric and his daughter to safety.

During the August floods, Eric and his daughter we among hundreds of people rescued by boats you funded.

As families across the US sit down to give thanks, we wanted to let you know that Eric and hundreds of other people in Banaba are thankful for you.

We wish you a very happy Thanksgiving from Banaba and our staff at IDV!

Nov 25, 2013

This Thanksgiving Argee is thankful for you!

A very happy Thanksgiving to you!
A very happy Thanksgiving to you!

When floods struck Banaba in August 2013, Argee and family were among hundreds who found themselves sheltering for days in an evacuation centre. Their home was damaged, and they lost many of their possessions.

But, thanks to you, we were there to help. Argee and his family evacuated safely thanks to the warning systems you helped fund.  They also had hot meals in the evacuation centre, and received emergency relief once waters receded.  If it hadn’t been for you, they wouldn’t have received the support they needed to survive and recover.

As families around the US gather to give thanks, we wanted to let you know that Argee and hundreds of others like him are thankful for you this year.

We wish you a very happy Thanksgiving from Banaba and our staff at IDV!

Nov 25, 2013

This Thanksgiving Argee is thankful for you!

A very happy Thanksgiving to you!
A very happy Thanksgiving to you!

When floods struck Banaba in August 2013, Argee and family were among hundreds who found themselves sheltering for days in an evacuation centre. Their home was damaged, and they lost many of their possessions.

But, thanks to you, we were there to help. Argee and his family evacuated safely thanks to the warning systems you helped fund.  They also had hot meals in the evacuation centre, and received emergency relief once the waters receded.  If it hadn’t been for you, they wouldn’t have received the support they needed to survive and recover.

As families around the US gather to give thanks, we wanted to let you know that Argee and hundreds of others like him are thankful for you this year.

We wish you a very happy Thanksgiving from Banaba and our staff at IDV!

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