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.
Mar 12, 2013

Staying Healthy in the Philippines

Help the families in these homes stay healthy
Help the families in these homes stay healthy

We’re absolutely delighted to announce that we’ve begun new sustainable health care and education initiatives in the Philippines!

This work is going to be wide ranging, but it will all take place on the outskirts of Manila in the community of Banaba. Banaba is flanked by two rivers, so it is extremely vulnerable to flooding. We’ll be working in close partnership with a local community group called Buklod Tao. Together, we’ll work to ensure that Banaba's residents have the tools they need to stay healthy so they’ll be more able to cope with the effects of flooding.  We'll also provide emergency health supplies during and after floods.

To accomplish these goals, we’ll work with Buklod Tao to improve food security, provide water filtration systems, build and equip a community pharmacy and, of course, provide health education.

These are exciting initiatives which promise to be our most sustainable investments in health to date, but we need your help to ensure we have the funding we need to execute all our plans! Tomorrow, GlobalGiving will be matching all donations by 30%! That means that if you give just $20, we’ll be able to stockpile soap for a family to use after floods.

If you can afford a bit more, a $50 donation lets us stockpile basic medical supplies for a family in an evacuation center. Even if you can’t give, you can share this link to let friends and family know how easy it is to change lives in the Philippines!

Thanks so much for all you’ve given, and our warmest regards!

Support food sustainability for long-term health!
Support food sustainability for long-term health!
Mar 12, 2013

New Youths to Support

Workshops nurture tomorrow
Workshops nurture tomorrow's leaders

Welcome to our first project report from the Philippines, and boy do we have a lot of exciting news!

We’re looking forward to an exciting summer full of youth activities. The local youth group we’ll be working with has plans to hold environmental activities, art workshops for younger kids, and provide psycho social support for other youths who have been affected by floods.

They’re also keen to work with our volunteers to learn some English – and and in return they'll teach us some Tagalog (Filipino)!

From sports to music, these kids have energy and talent in spades. What they need is the support of donors like you so that we can fund work that will help them grow into tomorrow's leaders. Tomorrow, March 13th, GlobalGiving will top up your donations by 30%, and that means that tomorrow is a great day to give and support youth activism in disaster prone communities.

If you can’t afford to give yourself, you can still get our work in the Philippines off to a great start by sharing this link tomorrow and asking your friends and family to get involved in support of these inspiring young people.

Thanks so much for your support, and our warmest regards from the Philippines!

Mar 8, 2013

Off to a Great Start!

The river where we hope to reduce flooding
The river where we hope to reduce flooding

Welcome to our first project report on building flood defenses in the Philippines! 

Your generosity has gotten us off to a great start here in the Philippines. We’ve begun in earnest reviewing designs for different types of reinforcements, meeting with community members to find the best starting place, and understanding how best to ensure our flood defenses have the maximum impact.

This project will be a marathon, not a sprint. We need to come up with creative solutions for getting materials to informal settlers on riverbanks without roads, on redirecting the river while we build, and, of course, raise the remaining funds we need! But we’re ready to take on those challenges. With the support of GlobalGiving’s donor community and the determination of the residents of Banaba, we’ll get there!

As the project grows we’ll send you regular project reports on how our flood defenses are progressing. If you ever have any questions in the meantime about how we’re using your donations don’t hesitate to email We’d be happy to answer any queries you might have!

These homes are threatened and need protection
These homes are threatened and need protection
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