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.
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, Filipino community leaders have helped hundreds of community members prepare for disaster. More families than ever before are receiving texts telling them when they need to evacuate and more supplies are being stockpiled every day in preparation for the next flood.
Your investments have made all the difference for families like Mae’s. Because of you, Mae’s mom sleeps a little more soundly knowing that, if floods come in the night, she’ll be ready.
But while huge progress has been made in 2013, there are still too many families who haven’t received any training and who remain unprepared for the inevitable floods which affect their community. We also still need to stockpile more essential supplies – like food and drinking water – to ease suffering during and after floods.
This New Year, we hope you’ll resolve to help families like Mae’s prepare for disaster by setting up a monthly donation for 2014.
A meal costs just $.25, so your monthly gift of just $10 could feed 40 evacuees every month when floods come. When you set up your recurring donation before the ball drops and 2014 begins, 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!
Ryan and David are brothers. They live in a shack by the rivers and when floods come they need to evacuate. But their nearest evacuation centre is miles from their home. That means that in the past they’ve had to walk for over an hour in the pouring rain to reach safety.
Their parents would love to live somewhere safer, but they can’t afford to move. So they cling on living by the river.
Before the disaster preparation efforts that you’ve helped fund, the family lived in fear of the rain. They never knew which rain storm would lead to a flood, when they should evacuate, and if anyone would be there to help in the event that they were trapped in their home.
Now, thanks to the funding you’ve provided, David and Ryan’s family takes part in community based disaster preparation. That means that, during rain storms, they receive text updates on the river level which let them know when they need to evacuate, they participate in disaster preparedness training, and, after the flood, they know how to stay safe and healthy.
Your generosity means that David and Ryan’s parents know how to keep them safe during floods, but there are hundreds of other families in their area who face the same risks but haven’t yet received disaster preparedness training. We hope that, this Christmas, you’ll help us change that.
When you set up a monthly recurring donation between today and the New Year GlobalGiving will match your gift, and we’ll be able to help families like David and Ryan’s prepare to survive the multiple floods that affect them every year.
We hope you’ll consider setting up whatever monthly donation you can afford to support families like David and Ryan’s.
Set up your monthly gift here
Not ready to commit to a monthly donation? No problem. Whatever its size, your one-off gift will help vulnerable families learn to survive floods.
Thanks so very much - and, if you’re celebrating this year, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!
When floods struck Banaba in August 2013, Argee and family were among hundreds who found themselves sheltering for days in an evacuation centre. Their home was damaged, and they lost many of their possessions.
But, thanks to you, we were there to help. Argee and his family evacuated safely thanks to the warning systems you helped fund. They also had hot meals in the evacuation centre, and received emergency relief once waters receded. If it hadn’t been for you, they wouldn’t have received the support they needed to survive and recover.
As families around the US gather to give thanks, we wanted to let you know that Argee and hundreds of others like him are thankful for you this year.
We wish you a very happy Thanksgiving from Banaba and our staff at IDV!
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