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

You've Changed Wilkenson's Life

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He's a star pupil thanks to you

We’re delighted to report that all of the kids in our scholarship programme are continuing to succeed thanks to your generosity. While all of the kids in our programme are special, there's one child who particularly stands out from the crowd.

Wilkenson is 15. His mother died in a car accident before the earthquake, and his father died of cholera in October 2010. He was left selling water on the streets of Port au Prince until, around Christmas of that year, a friend of the HTDC orphanage found him and brought him to the orphanage.

Before arriving at the orphanage, Wilkenson had never attended school and he could barely read or write - but he’s caught up phenomenally quickly. Today, he attends special afternoon catch-up classes for older children who did not attend school when they were younger. His teachers describe him as the class leader, and he got the highest mark of the group on his mid-term exam.

In just a few years, Wilkenson has gone from a street child with no future to telling anyone who will listen that he wants to be a doctor so that he can help others as they’ve helped him. You made that change possible.

We hope that you’ll keep supporting Wilkenson and all his classmates as they start their final school semester and prepare for their end of year exams. Four of the kids need a little extra tutoring to pass these exams and the extra help costs just $30 a month per child.

Tomorrow, GlobalGiving will top up your donations by 30%, so if you give just $23, we’ll be able to give a child a month of extra help. Even if you can’t afford to give, you can share this link and let your friends and family know how such as small donation can change lives!

Thanks so much for your support, and we wish you all the very best! 

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With your help, he'll get the extra help he needs
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!

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