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.
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