This Thanksgiving, Eric and his family have a great deal to be thankful for.
During floods, in August this year, rapidly rising flood waters trapped Eric and his two month old baby Erica Mae on his home's second story, leaving him with few options to escape. "If there hadn't been a boat, I would have made a raft out of wood and Styrofoam for Erica and then swum toward higher ground."
The dangers of putting a baby on an improvised raft in fast moving floodwater are obvious.
Happily, thanks to you, the rescue team in Eric's neighbourhood has a boat. They were alerted to the trapped baby, went to the house, and brought Eric and his daughter to safety.
During the August floods, Eric and his daughter we among hundreds of people rescued by boats you funded.
As families across the US sit down to give thanks, we wanted to let you know that Eric and hundreds of other people in Banaba are thankful for you.
We wish you a very happy Thanksgiving from Banaba and our staff at IDV!
Thanks so much to everyone who took advantage of GlobalGiving’s most recent matching day. Your gifts on the 18th were a third more impactful then normal – and that has made all the difference for families like Sherwin’s.
If you’re like us, you’re starting to think about the holiday season. The holidays are a time of joy – but for many of us they’re also incredibly busy! Before the end of year rush starts, we wanted to pause for a moment and thank you for everything you’ve given over the last year.
Because of you, when disaster struck in August, 2013, Banaba was ready. Families like Sherwin’s were supported by community rescue teams who had the boats they needed to bring trapped families to safety.
Vulnerable families in Banaba face multiple floods every year. Parents always try to get their families to safety before the waters rise, but sometimes the floods come too quickly. In the past parents in Banaba have spent many sleepless nights listening to the rain and wondering if they would have time to get their kids to safety if the waters started to rise.
But since you funded rescue boats, Banaba’s parents have been sleeping easier because they know that, if the waters do catch them by surprise, there will be someone there to help them get their kids to safety.
Their peace of mind is only possible because of your generosity.
There have been so many times over the past year that you could have chosen to spend your hard earned money on something for yourself or your family, but you chose to support families like Sherwin’s. Thanks so much for your extraordinary generosity.
As always, if you ever have any questions about how your donation is changing lives, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing Emma@IDVolunteers.org. We’d love to hear from you!
Thanks again for your generosity, and our very warmest regards!
As we canvas Banaba to understand how many more rescue boats are needed, more dramatic stories of families rescued during the August floods are emerging every day.
When floodwaters trapped Belanie on his second story with her two-year-old daughter, Chamsey, Belanie didn’t have many options. “If there hadn’t have been a boat I would have made a raft for Chamsey out of Styrofoam. The water was over my head, so she would have been on the raft with me swimming.”
The dangers of putting a baby on an improvised raft in fast-moving flood waters can hardly be overstated. Happily, thanks to donors like you the rescue team in Belanie’s area did have a rescue boat. They took Belanie and her little girl out a second story window and brought them to safety.
Belanie and Chamsey were just two out of hundreds of people rescued by donated boats during the August floods. Donors like you made those boats possible – thanks so much!
But there are still rescue teams that don’t have boats, and that means that dozens of families like Belanie’s face an uncertain future the next time floods come. We’re committed to building more boats so that all of Banaba can stay safe during flooding, and GlobalGiving is here to help!
Tomorrow, GlobalGiving will top up your donation by 30% to help us build rescue boats. That makes tomorrow a great day to give in support of families like Belanie’s.
We hope you’ll give what you can tomorrow and share this great opportunity with friends and family!
The following is an e-postcard from Zamil Akhtar, a GlobalGiving Representative in the Philippines:
When it floods, a boat can be the only hope for a stranded family. The rescue boats being built in Banaba are made of fiber glass – the best material for the situation. It costs about $800 to build a boat, far cheaper than if bought from another source. What really impressed me was the community wide effort to make these boats and be ready for the floods. International Disaster Volunteers provided the expertise and support, and the community members constructed. Boat making skills have been spread through this community as well, allowing them another source of livelihood. At $800, I’d buy a boat myself, but I don’t live near the shore.
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
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
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,
Head of Media and Marketing
International Disaster Volunteers
England and Wales Registered Charity: 1132011
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