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.
May 26, 2014

Have you met Stevenson?

Thanks for supporting Stevenson!
Thanks for supporting Stevenson!

First of all, we’d like to thank everyone who gave during GlobalGiving’s most recent matching day! Your gifts are life changing for kids like Stevenson.

Stevenson is one of the newest additions to our scholarship programme. As a teenager who had been out of school for years, his prospects for getting an education appeared slender. His parents couldn’t pay his school fees, and most schools can’t accommodate older children who are several yeas behind their peers.

Luckily for Stevenson, you’ve stepped up to pay his school fees, and the teachers in our scholarship programme hold special classes for older children who have missed school. Stevenson loves school – and he knows how important it is.

Up until last month, he hadn’t missed a single day of school all year. Last month, he missed a single day with a stomach illness - and even then he wanted to come to class. For Stevenson, the idea of missing school is unthinkable. After all, he’s fantastically lucky to have you supporting his dream of getting an education.

As the school year draws to a close we are, once again, looking to next year and asking how many kids we’ll be able to welcome next year.

But this year is a bit different, because this year Microsoft is going to make it easier for us to enrol more children like Stevenson.

On June 25th, Microsoft will double your donations. That means that while you would normally need to donate $500 to send a child like Stevenson to school for a year, on June 25th you can give a child a year of education for just $250.

That makes June 25th a great day to give.

As always, if you ever have any queries about how we’re using your generous gifts, please don’t hesitate to email I would be delighted to hear from you!

Thanks again for your support and very kind regards from our team here at IDV.

May 26, 2014

You're helping Vince thrive!

You're changing Vince's life!

First of all, we’d like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who gave on GlobalGiving’s most recent matching day. With matching, you gave a fantastic $4,280 to support children like Vince.

Vince is 3 and he has autism. His family lost everything when typhoon Haiyan struck and coping with his special needs has been a huge challenge for Vince's parents.

Happily, thanks to you, we've repaired and re-opened Vince's school so that Vince can get the therapy he needs to learn, grow and thrive. Re-opening the Aram Learning Studio was a big job, but we’re not stopping there.

Over the next few months your donations will allow us to help the Aram Learning Studio get back on its feet and work toward self-sufficiency once again. That means investing in their infrastructure, teachers and helping them expand the school.

All of these plans will need your support to become reality. But we’re in lucky – Microsoft is joining our efforts to support kids like Vince. In exactly a month, Microsoft will double your donations through its Youth Spark Programme.

That makes June 25th a very exciting day.

As always, if you every have any questions about how your gifts are changing lives, please don’t hesitate to email I would be delighted to hear from you!

 Thanks again and very kind regards from our team here at IDV! 

May 22, 2014

Thanks so much for supporting Bodlina!

Thanks so much!
Thanks so much!

Thanks so much for helping us build a sustainable future for kids like Bodlina! Because of you, we’re closer to buying the bus the orphanage needs to generate $750 a month in profit.  

Combined with an additional business selling eggs, the orphanage will be making more than $1,000 a month once they buy the bus, and that will cut its reliance on international aid in half.

For kids like Bodlina, a sustainable income for the orphanage means school, three nutritious meals a day, and medicine when they get sick. Financial security is the key to a secure, dignified future for Bodlina and all of the children at the orphanage. Your generosity has brought her one step closer to a bright future. Thanks so much!

We’ll be sending you updates on how your gift is changing Florentina’s life right here on GlobalGiving. If you ever have any questions about how we’re using your donation, please don’t hesitate to email We’d love to hear from you!

Thanks again for helping Bodlina and we wish you all the very best!

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