Build Rescue Boats in Flood Prone Communities

Dec 30, 2013

Resolve to make 2014 a year of giving

The boats you fund keep kids like them safe
The boats you fund keep kids like them safe

We hope you had a Merry Christmas and thanks so much to everyone who has set up recurring donations following our email on the 20th!

Today, we’re looking back on 2013. It’s been a fantastic year. Thanks to you, more community based rescue teams than ever before have rescue boats. That means that more families like Erica Mae’s are protected when flood waters rise.

The boats you helped fund proved themselves during the August floods, when dozens of families reached safety in boats your donations made possible. Thanks so much for what you’ve given.

But while huge progress has been made in 2013, there are still too many families living in areas where the local rescue team doesn’t have a boat. We need to build boats for those teams urgently, and you can help us kick start construction.

This New Year, we hope you’ll resolve to help us build life-saving rescue boats by setting up a recurring donation for 2014. When you set up your recurring donation before the ball drops, GlobalGiving will match your gift.

Set up your monthly donation here 

If you’re not ready to commit to a monthly donation, your one-off donation, whatever its size, will be gratefully received.

Thanks so much, and we wish you a very Happy New Year!

Dec 20, 2013

This Christmas, give the gift of security

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

Over the last year, your donations have given vulnerable Filipino families the means to protect their communities from frequent floods.

The boats you’ve funded have helped kids like 2-month-old Erica Mae escape safely when the waters rose. Those boats have also given countless moms and dads the peace of mind that comes with knowing that, if it all goes wrong, someone will be there to lend a helping hand.

But this Christmas there are still too many communities where rescue team leaders like Romeo lack a boat.

Romeo is almost 60, but he’s a long way from retiring. When the floods come, he enters the flood waters to ensure that none of his neighbors become trapped by the rising waters. If they have, he evacuates them in his boat.

But while Romeo’s neighbors are safe, many others aren’t because their community rescue teams are still without a boat. You can change that.

This Christmas, you can give a vulnerable family the gift of safety by setting up a monthly donation. When you create your recurring donation between today and New Year’s Eve, GlobalGiving will match your donation!

Set up your monthly donation here

Not ready to commit to a monthly donation? No problem. Your one-off donation, whatever its size, will be gratefully received.

Thanks so very much and, if you’re celebrating this year, we wish you a very Merry Christmas! 

Nov 25, 2013

Erica Mae is Thankful for you this Thanksgiving!

A very happy Thanksgiving to you!
A very happy Thanksgiving to you!

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!

Oct 24, 2013

Your life-saving generosity

That means
That means 'Thank You!' in Filipino!

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 We’d love to hear from you!

Thanks again for your generosity, and our very warmest regards!

Oct 15, 2013

Boats in action!

They were rescued during the August floods
They were rescued during the August floods

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! 

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Emma Taylor

Bristol, Somerset United Kingdom

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Map of Build Rescue Boats in Flood Prone Communities