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.
Sep 3, 2013

Your investments paid off during recent floods!

Thanks to you, they knew when a family needed help
Thanks to you, they knew when a family needed help

During the week starting August 18th, a nearby typhoon caused the normal monsoon rains to go into overdrive. It rained for almost five full days – more than a month’s worth of rain fell in August 19th alone.

Rivers were already at bursting point on August 19th, and as rains continued thousands of residents were forced to leave their homes. In Banaba alone 2,300 people found themselves in overcrowded evacuation centers.

When the waters began to rise and forced families to evacuate, the systems you’ve funded sprang into action. The mothers of Buklod Tao assessed the needs of families in the evacuation centres and opened their community kitchen to feed evacuees.

Meanwhile, Buklod Tao’s flood warning system was activated. This simple but effective system was devised by community leaders and streamlined by your generosity. Basically, designated river waters check on the river’s height and then text that information to the president of a local people’s organisation named “Noli”.

Noli then uses the FrontlineSMS system to text-blast community response teams to let them know how severe the floods are and where help is needed. Those teams then alert their designated areas about water levels and the need to evacuate. The teams also respond to any emergencies.

Your donations made the setup and use of the FrontlineSMS system possible. Previously messages could only be sent to a few people – now each message is received by hundreds of people in parallel, allowing much faster and wider dissemination of life-saving flood warnings.

Thanks to these investments in helping Banaba prepare for disaster, not a single life was lost during the most recent floods! We’ve now seen the disaster risk reduction measures you made possible in action first hand – and they work.

The rains are gone for now, but they’re sure to return. As we keep working hard to get Banaba ready for the next floods, we wanted to thank you for making these investments possible! Without you, the last flood would have been so much worse for thousands of people.

As always, if you have any questions about how we’re using your donation to change lives here in Banaba, don’t hesitate to email Emma@IDVolunteers.org. We’d love to hear from you!

Thanks again for all you’ve done, and very kind regards!

Thanks to you when floods came, we reacted!
Thanks to you when floods came, we reacted!
Your support kept evacuees like these safe
Your support kept evacuees like these safe
Sep 3, 2013

Relief for hundreds of flood affected families

You funded 2000 hot meals for evacuees!
You funded 2000 hot meals for evacuees!

During the week starting August 18th, a nearby typhoon caused the normal monsoon rains to go into overdrive. It rained for almost five full days - more than a month's worth of rain fell in August 19th alone.

Rivers were already at bursting point on August 19th, and as rains continued thousands of residents were forced to leave their homes. In Banaba alone 2,300 people found themselves in overcrowded evacuation centers. As families began to arrive in evacuation centres, we sprang into action with our local partners, Buklod Tao.

Your donations funded 2,000 hot meals for flood-affected families. A hot meal may not sound like much, but for families like Mark's who were forced from their homes in pitch dark and pouring rain, this hot meal was absolutely priceless.

By August 21st, the floodwaters began to recede and families started to go home and assess the damage. Many families found they had lost food, access to drinking water, and suffered damage to their livelihoods. They needed emergency relief to help them get through the first difficult days at home. Because of you, we were there to help.

Your donations funded emergency kits of food and hygiene items to 180 families. The crisis is over for now but we wanted to thank you for giving us the ability to respond . Without you, we wouldn't have been able to supply the food, water, and other basic necessities needed by hundreds of families during and after the disaster. Thanks so much!

This rainy season is far from over, so we're now turning our attention back to preparing for the next inevitable flood. When it comes, we'll be here ready to respond once again.

As always, if you have any questions about how we're using your donation to change lives here in Banaba, don't hesitate to email Emma@IDVolunteers.org. We'd love to hear from you! Thanks again for all you've done, and very kind regards!

The community of North Libis during floods
The community of North Libis during floods
You funded emergency relief for her family
You funded emergency relief for her family
You provided relief when floods affected Banaba!
You provided relief when floods affected Banaba!
Thanks for helping them recover!
Thanks for helping them recover!
Sep 3, 2013

A newborn saved by a boat you helped fund!

The boat which rescued a newborn baby during recent floods! .jpg
The boat which rescued a newborn baby during recent floods! .jpg

During the week starting August 18th, a nearby typhoon caused the
normal monsoon rains to go into overdrive. It rained for almost five
full days – more than a month’s worth of rain fell in August 19th
alone.

By the end of the day on August 19th, the rivers began to burst their
banks, and community rescue teams sprang into action. The boats you’ve
funded were in action all over Banaba rescuing dozens of families –
but the area of “North Libis” saw a particularly dramatic rescue.

North Libis is located under a bridge next to the area’s largest river
– the Marikina river. The river rose suddenly and more than 40
families became trapped by the floodwaters.
Among those trapped were a mom and her new-born baby. She had given
birth just a week before, so she was too weak to wade through the
deep, fast-flowing water with her baby. All she could do was wait in
her house hoping help would come.

Her neighbours were able to escape, and they alerted a community
rescue team. That team returned within minutes with their boat and
ferried mother and child to a safe evacuation centre. Without that
boat, she and her baby’s story could easily have turned into tragedy.

The same rescue team was also a lifeline for dozens of other families
when floodwaters rose – but they wouldn’t have been able to help
anyone without their rescue boat! By donating towards rescue boats
you’re helping to rescue families in their hour of need. Thanks so
much!

August’s flood wasn’t a one-off – there are surely more floods coming
in the 2013 rainy season. Thanks to your generosity for each of those
floods community rescue teams with their boats boats will be there
ready to save lives. We’ll update you on how these boats are saving
lives as more floods come, so stay tuned!

As always, if you have any questions about how we’re using your
donation to change lives here in Banaba, don’t hesitate to email
Emma@IDVolunteers.org. We’d love to hear from you!

Very kind regards,


Emma Taylor
Head of Media and Marketing
International Disaster Volunteers
England and Wales Registered Charity: 1132011
IDVolunteers.org

Supplying boats for teams like this one saves lives. .jpg
Supplying boats for teams like this one saves lives. .jpg
A view of North Libis during the floods.jpg
A view of North Libis during the floods.jpg
The Marikina River left 40 families trapped - they were rescued by rescue boats you helped fund!.jpg
The Marikina River left 40 families trapped - they were rescued by rescue boats you helped fund!.jpg

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