On July 16th, typhoon Glenda slammed into Manila bringing hurricane force winds and rain. The community of Banaba is used to flooding, but Glenda’s strong winds made it particularly dangerous.
Thanks to you, the community leaders of Buklod Tao were ready and, as soon as it became apparent that Glenda would strike Banaba, they sprang into action.
We asked community leader Noli to tell us about his experiences of typhoon Glenda and the work your donations made possible. Here’s what he had to say:
In the evening of 15th July, during the calm before the storm [we] purchase needed food items so that we would be able to prepare food for the people who would probably need to evacuated. We also made sure that our community leaders had credit on their phones, so we could stay in touch during the storm...Monitoring of the river and the wind ensued all throughout the night and we relayed early warning to neighbors - especially regarding the perils of big trees being uprooted and might fall to walls and houses, and about the level of the river. Boats were readied, the vessels already prepositioned all year round in the peripheral communities prone to flooding.
In the morning of 16 July, the communities were whipped by the strong winds of Glenda coupled with strong rain. But the winds were more devastating than the rain. The rivers did not swell. Roofing materials and plywood or tarpaulin sheets were blown away. People evacuated to four centers and our community rescue teams helped people reach safety.
We transported kids and mothers from sition Libis Riverside to safe evacuation centres. At midmorning we prepared two cauldrons of hot porridge and fed more than 100 people who had been forced from their homes.
As the storm calmed, we worked with the neighborhood President, Romy, to undertake a rapid damage assessment in the community. We found that 71 informal settler families had badly damaged homes and were in terrible need. We used our emergency fund to buy much needed repair and replacement of roof materials, plywood wall and construction nails.
No casualty was reported.
In times like typhoon Glenda, we remember our motto“In times of affliction, God and Preparedness are our protection”.
Thank you for making it possible for us to prepare!”
Without your donations, Buklod Tao wouldn’t have been there to ensure families reached safety, to provide supplies to make emergency repairs and to make sure families forced from their homes had a hot meal in their time of need. Thanks so much!
This almost certainly won’t be the last severe weather that Buklod Tao will have to cope with – and that’s why we hope you’ll give what you can today.
Thanks so much, and we wish you all the best.
In Banaba, it’s not a question of if there will be another flood - only when. That’s why your gifts to help the community prepare for disaster are so essential.
Like all of our rescue team members, Maria is devoted to helping her community. But, if the worst comes to the worst and Maria needs to evacuate someone who has been injured, Maria needs to know what to do.
That’s why we recently helped community leaders learn about first aid.
Over an intensive two day course led by army personnel, rescue team members like Maria learned CPR, how to safety move someone who may have a spinal cord injury, how to splint a broken bone, how to navigate through smoke – as floods often trigger fires – and much more.
Your donations funded this training – thanks so much!
While the recent training was fantastic, there’s still much to do. Not all of our teams have received first aid training, and some of them still need new equipment – like first aid kits and life vests .
Happily, GlobalGiving is joining the fight to help Banaba prepare for disaster.
One July 16th, GlobalGiving will match your gift by 50%. This means that if you give $50, GlobalGiving will top up your donation to $75, and we’ll be able to keep investing in Banaba’s ability to resist and recover from disasters.
That makes July 16th a very exciting day to give!
If you ever have any questions about how we’re using your gifts, please don’t hesitate to email Emma@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you!
First and foremost – thanks so much to everyone who gave on GlobalGiving’s most recent matching day! Your gifts on February 12th went 30% further than usual to ensure that families like Malene’s will weather floods unharmed.
The work you fund isn’t just about stockpiling food and emergency supplies – it’s also about investing in sustainable livelihoods. These livelihoods allow families to escape poverty and build their own resiliency.
In the Philippines, it’s often the women who shoulder the bulk of the family’s budgeting, so we were delighted to mark International Women’s Day with a workshop for local women around growing and selling organic vegetables.
These skills help women generate income and healthy food for their families – and that in turn helps local women build secure, resilient communities. This workshop is not a one off. Over the next six weeks workshops on sewing and making slippers will also take place.
All of these workshops have been funded by your generosity – thanks so much for investing women’s abilities to support their families! We can’t wait to update you on future workshops.
If you ever have any questions about how we’re using your donation, please don’t hesitate to email me directly at Emma@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to answer any questions you might have.
Thanks again, and we wish you all the best!
It’s the dry season in Banaba and that means that preparations for the rainy season and its inevitable floods are underway!
Rescue boats are being repaired, food is being stockpiled, communities are learning about evacuation plans, and assessments of expanded communities are underway. All of this work is important but the most essential work is around training community based rescue teams.
Your gifts recently funded a meeting of all rescue teams where team members took part in evacuation simulations, first aid courses, and talked about flood rescue safety. These trainings are essential to ensuring that when floods come, families like Erica Mae’s are protected.
Before the rains return, we hope to carry out more trainings and stockpile the supplies families will need during floods.
This Valentines day, we’re hoping that you’ll help us finish these preparations before the rains come by giving on February 12th. Why February 12th and not 14th? Because on February 12th, GlobalGiving will match your donation by 30%!
That means that if you give just $10, GlobalGiving will add $3 to your gift and we’ll be able to stockpile food hot meals for 26 survivors. Please give what you can on the 12th.
Thanks so much for all you’ve given, and if you have any questions about our work please don’t hesitate to email Emma@IDVolunteers.org.
We’d like to extend a warm thank you for your generosity! All together, we’ve raised $3,783 to help Banaba resist and recover from disaster right here on GlobalGiving.
Because of your donations, we’ll be able to help Banaba prepare for disaster. That means that families like Sherwin’s will have food stockpiled to help them through evacuation, will receive training on how to prepare for floods, and trained volunteers will be on hand to help them when the waters rise.
These preparations are life-saving – and they wouldn’t be possible without you. Thanks so much!
We’ll post updates on how your gifts are changing lives in Banaba right here on GlobalGiving – so keep checking back.
As always, if you ever have any questions about how we’re using your donation please don’t hesitate to email Emma@IDVolunteers.org. I would love to hear from you!
Thanks again, and very kind regards.
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