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 15, 2013

Boats in action!

They were rescued during the August floods
They were rescued during the August floods

As we canvas Banaba to understand how many more rescue boats are needed, more dramatic stories of families rescued during the August floods are emerging every day.

When floodwaters trapped Belanie on his second story with her two-year-old daughter, Chamsey, Belanie didn’t have many options. “If there hadn’t have been a boat I would have made a raft for Chamsey out of Styrofoam. The water was over my head, so she would have been on the raft with me swimming.”

The dangers of putting a baby on an improvised raft in fast-moving flood waters can hardly be overstated. Happily, thanks to donors like you the rescue team in Belanie’s area did have a rescue boat. They took Belanie and her little girl out a second story window and brought them to safety.

Belanie and Chamsey were just two out of hundreds of people rescued by donated boats during the August floods. Donors like you made those boats possible – thanks so much!

But there are still rescue teams that don’t have boats, and that means that dozens of families like Belanie’s face an uncertain future the next time floods come. We’re committed to building more boats so that all of Banaba can stay safe during flooding, and GlobalGiving is here to help!

Tomorrow, GlobalGiving will top up your donation by 30% to help us build rescue boats. That makes tomorrow a great day to give in support of families like Belanie’s.

We hope you’ll give what you can tomorrow and share this great opportunity with friends and family! 

Oct 15, 2013

Tomorrow, it's 30% easier to stockpile food for evacuees like Alyona

The food we stockpile now feeds them during floods
The food we stockpile now feeds them during floods

In August, when floods forced more than 2,300 people into evacuation centres in Banaba, we were there to help – and so were you.

We were able to fund more than 2,000 hot meals and 180 emergency relief packs for affected families because you chose to give. You may have been at home when the floods struck Banaba, but you were still part of our team here in Banaba providing relief to affected families in their hour of need. Thanks so much!

If we learned anything during the August floods, it was the importance of preparedness. We need to be able to react immediately when floods come, and that means we need to stockpile more food and water now ready for the next one.

Happily, thanks to GlobalGiving, now is a great time to give! Tomorrow GlobalGIving will match your donation by 30%.

When we buy food in bulk, a single hot meal for an evacuee like Alyona costs just $0.30. That means that your $10 donation normally provides 33 hot meals, but tomorrow it will fund 43 meals. That makes tomorrow a great day to give!

We hope that you’ll help us prepare for whatever else the 2013 rainy season has in store for Banaba by donating $10 tomorrow and sharing this great opportunity with friends and family.

Thanks so much for your support, and very kind regards!

Give tomorrow to support Eric and his daughter
Give tomorrow to support Eric and his daughter
Oct 15, 2013

Help us prepare for the next flood!

Your donations keep them safe!
Your donations keep them safe!

In August, an enhanced monsoon caused the first evacuation of the 2013 rainy season in Banana. Because of your generosity, we were prepared for those floods, and not a single life was lost. Thanks so much!

While we’re happy to report that our risk reduction measures performed well in August, it’s not time to rest on our laurels. The rainy season lasts until November, and floods are not uncommon into December. This means that we need to continue to invest in preventative measures like water safety training, communications systems, and rescue equipment so we’re ready for the next flood.

One immediate need is more phone credit. Here in the Philippines, most people use a prepaid phone system where they load credit on their phones, and each text or call deducts from that credit. During floods, phone credit allows community leaders to update rescue teams and lets rescue teams send out urgent messages. Phone credit is the key to ensuring that the most vulnerable receive life-saving flood updates.

To ensure that every member of the community has access to life-saving information about when they need to evacuate, we need to buy phone credit.

Happily, GlobalGiving is here to make the credit you fund go further. Tomorrow, GlobalGiving will match any gift you make by 30%.

That means that tomorrow, when you give $10, we’ll be able to fund the sending of 576 instead of 443 messages.

We hope that you’ll take advantage of GlobalGiving’s generosity by giving $10 tomorrow, and please share this great opportunity with friends and family.

Thanks so much for all you’ve given, and very kind regards!

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