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.
Feb 21, 2014

Thanks so much for Supporting Florentina!

Thanks so much!
Thanks so much!

Wow! We can’t believe that you funded an entire year of meals for Florentina with just a few clicks and your amazing generosity.

Because of you, we’ll be able to put nutritious food on Florentina’s plate for the next year. That means that she’ll get the nutrients she needs to stay healthy and keep on playing and learning. Florentina has a bright future because you gave.

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

We’ll keep updating you about Florentina and all her friends at the Hands Together to Defend the Children Orphanage 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 email We’d love to hear from you!

Thanks again for making Florentina’s future bright, and our warmest regards!

Feb 21, 2014

Thanks so much for supporting Arlyn!

Thanks so much for supporting Arlyn!
Thanks so much for supporting Arlyn!

Thanks so much for support evacuees like Arlyn. Because of your generosity, we’ll be able to stockpile food for her in a purpose built evacuation centre. That food will be available when the next flood comes and forces Arlyn and her family to leave their home.

Evacuation will never be easy for Arlyn, but your generosity means that Arlyn and her family won’t go hungry.

We’ll send you updates about how your gift is changing the lives of Arlyn, her family, and families like them right here on GlobalGiving. Should 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!

One last time, thanks so much for ensuring that Arlyn and his/her family won’t go hungry during floods.

Feb 11, 2014

Spread joy in Tacloban this Valentines Day

Kids line up for a hot meal
Kids line up for a hot meal

Thanks to your extraordinary generosity, our work in Tacloban continues to expand. We’re continuing to meet with our Filipino partners to plan the construction of homes, programmes to get people back to work, and psychosocial support for families. As we set up these long-term projects, we’re also working with our local partners to meet immediate needs.

Thanks to donations received right here on GlobalGiving, we’ve already been able to repair and re-open Tacloban’s only school for children with development disabilities like autism. We’re also now helping run a mobile soup kitchen. The soup kitchen moves from place to place daily, ensuring that families in the worst affected areas where aid isn’t always available can have a hot meal.

The soup kitchen is not part of our long-term plan – with your help we’ll invest in livelihoods programmes so that families can feed themselves. But right now, with aid still spotty and parents struggling to feed their children, our priority is making sure that the worst affected have a hot, nutritious meal and know that the world hasn’t forgotten them. With conditions still tough, a bowl of hot stew nourishes both body and soul.

As we feed the most vulnerable, we’re also laying the foundations for long-term reconstruction by clearing debris. Our first volunteer teams of both international and Filipino volunteers have begun clearing streets and the plots for homes. Debris clearance both clears the way for reconstruction and lifts spirits. Seeing a clear road where for months there has been a scene of destruction is invaluable.

We expect to begin our long-term programmes, like rebuilding homes and helping survivors get back to work, in the spring. Thanks to GlobalGiving’s recent $55,000 grant we’re closer than ever to getting these programmes off the ground!

But with work expected to cost hundreds of thousands, we still need donors like you to turn our plans into realities.

This Valentines day, we hope you’ll show Tacloban a little love by giving what you can tomorrow, February 12th. Why the 12th and not the 14th you ask? Because on the 12th, GlobalGiving will add 30% to your gift! That makes February 12th the perfect day to help us feed more than 300 survivors a day with our mobile soup kitchen.

Thanks so much for all you’ve given, and if you have any questions about our work please don’t hesitate to email

Clean up is the first step in reconstruction
Clean up is the first step in reconstruction
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