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.
Jun 16, 2014

A home for Lanzlee and his family

He needs a home - will you help?
He needs a home - will you help?

Melanieand Julianito have four sons. Their youngest, Lanzlee, is only 11 months old. When Haiyan struck, he was just 5 months old.

Before the storm, Melanie’s family wasn’t rich, but they got by. Her husband worked on a nearby farm and she stayed at home looking after the kids. But Haiyan changed everything.

The storm destroyed their home. Since then, the family has been living in a shack built from tin and wood without electricity or running water. The shack is only about four meters by five meters. With only sheets to separate the rooms, the family has very little privacy.

Worse, without electricity the family uses a kerosene lamp at night. The shack is poorly ventilated, and the fumes make the kids feel sick. Fire is a constant worry.

Happily, Melanie and her family will get a new home. Our partners, Gawad Kalinga (GK), will build the structure of a house for the family. However, GK won’t finish the inside of the building.

With your support, we’ll turn the house that GK builds into a home for Melanie and her family. It normally costs around $840 to turn a house into a home – but in exactly a month you can finish the family’s home for just $560.

That’s because on July 16th, GlobalGiving is matching your gifts by 50%. 

If you have any questions about the matching day or this project, please don’t hesitate to email I would be delighted to hear from you.

Thanks so much, and we wish you all the best!

Jun 16, 2014

Here's how you've helped Maricel

You've helped Maricel and her family

Before Yolanda (Typhoon Haiyan), Maricel lived in a wooden house with her husband, Stephan, and her three kids – Princess, Shane and Angel. Maricel was a teacher at the San Agustin school and Stephan, worked as a farmer until he saved up enough to buy a motorbike and begin working as a driver. The family wasn’t rich, but they got by. Then Yolanda struck.

Maricel said “The entire roof raised up because of the wind. [My Son] was crying, crying, very scared of the very strong winds and rain.” The family’s house was destroyed, and they spent the storm huddled against a sturdy concrete wall.

Maricel and her kids were lucky to survive, but the storm’s aftermath has been difficult to bear. For five days after Haiyan, her community went hungry. They lived in a nearby school building for two months because they didn’t have any money to rebuild their home.

Today, thanks to your support, Maricel is getting her family back on track. You’ve funded more than 6,000 meals through our mobile soup kitchen. Those meals helped feed Maricel’s children. We also welcomed the family’s kids at our summer camp. That camp gave Maricel a much-needed break.

More importantly, our work rebuilding the San Agustin school will ensure that the devastating effects of the storm don’t leave Maricel’s children with a gap in their education.

We can’t thank you enough for giving to support Maricel. Your gifts truly are life-changing.

While Maricel’s future looks brighter, there are still too many other survivors who need help. Happily, in exactly one month GlobalGiving is making it 50% easier for you to extend a helping hand to survivors who lost everything.

When you give on July 16th, GlobalGiving will match your gift by 50%. In other words, when you donate $50, GlobalGiving will turn that donation into $75.

This makes July 16th a great day to give.

Thanks so much for all you’ve done to support Maricel and thousands like her. As always, if you have any queries about how we’re using your gift please don’t hesitate to email I would be delighted to answer any questions you might have. 

Jun 13, 2014

Thanks so much for supporting Chamsey

Thanks for your support!
Thanks for your support!

Thanks so much for supporting evacuees like Chamsey. Because of your generosity, we’ll be able to provide hot food for Chamsey during evacuation.

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

We’ll send you updates about how your gift is changing the lives of Chamsey, 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 Chamsey and her family can enjoy hot meals during floods.

Very kind regards,

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