On August 18th, a typhoon passing to the northeast of the Philippines caused a phenomenon called “Enhanced Monsoon”. An enhanced monsoon occurs when the wet air from a nearby typhoon sends the Philippines’ monsoon rains into overdrive. Here in Banaba, the enhanced monsoon brought rain for most of Saturday and all of Sunday. On Sunday night, the rivers began to overflow and vulnerable families were forced from their homes. Thanks to you, when evacuations began on the night of August 18th, we had the funding we needed to help and were able to provide hot meals for hundreds of evacuees on the 19th. Rescue teams were also kept up to date with the water levels via the Frontline SMS system that you funded. That information meant that rescue teams knew when it was time to get families to safety and took swift action to evacuate the most vulnerable. As a result everyone in harms way was evacuated without injury or loss of life. That safe, smooth evacuation was made possible by your donations. Thanks so much! The rain’s slowed for now, but we’re not out of the woods yet. At the time of writing, up to 30 mm of rain were expected in the next 24 hours, and the effects of the enhanced monsoon could last for up to four days. Unless the weather forecast changes, there will be more evacuees in need of our support in the coming days. It costs just $3 to prepare a bowl of nutritious, warming oatmeal for 10 evacuees. That means that when you give the minimum donation that GlobalGiving will process - $10 – we’ll be able to give more than 30 people breakfast. If you’re not in a position to give, please share this update with friends and family so that we can help evacuees ride out the enhanced monsoon! Thanks so much, and very kind regards Emma Media and Marketing Director International Disaster Volunteers England and Wales Registered Charity: 1132011 IDVolunteers.org http://twitter.com/IDVMedia http://www.linkedin.com/in/idvmedia
We'd like to extend a huge thanks to everyone who voted during GlobalGiving's Photo Contest! While we didn't win, supporters like you put on a strong show of support on Facebook. Many of the families this project supports use Facebook, and your posts were an inspiration to them! Your donations are more important now than ever because the rainy season is picking up.
August has been a rude awakening for the staff of our charity. Most of us are spending our first rainy season in Banaba and had no idea how quickly the rivers could rise. There's a small creek behind our house that we can usually barely see from our roof. When we woke up on the morning of August 6th, we were gob-smacked to see the "small creek" full of fast flowing, brown water. We could see it clearly from our upstairs bedrooms.
Overnight, the creek turned into a raging torrent. All the rivers in Banaba rose as quickly as the creek did and it wasn't because of a typhoon - they rose after just a few hours of heavy rain. Luckily, on the 6th it stopped raining at 10 am and the river reached a maximum height for 15.5 meters - about 51 feet.
Evacuations start at 16 meters. That means were only half a meter - a foot and a half - from the first flood evacuation of the year.
For families like Mark's who live by the river and leave their homes when the river reaches 16 meters, evacuation means days in an evacuation centre. They are only a few meters from the river, so they're the first to leave and the last to return home.
During the biggest floods, they're away from home for a week or more. Donors like you give us the funds we need to invest in safe, well equipped evacuation centres, food, medical supplies, and other basic necessities to survive and recover from floods. The rainy season lasts until December, and before then there will likely be several evacuations. We'll need to provide supplies for dozens of kids like Mark for each and every one.
This is a big task, but happily, GlobalGiving is making it easier to support vulnerable families. In fact, your support could even win you fabulous prizes. From September 1st to 30th, all fundraisers who raise more than $500 for a GlobalGiving project will be entered in a raffle for prizes ranging from a flip cam to airline tickets. There are also financial awards for the project with the most fundraisers! That makes September a great month to cycle, bake, or walk for vulnerable families like Mark's!
If you'd like help organising your fundraising efforts please visit www.IDVolunteers.org/fundaise-idv or email Emma@IDVolunteers.org. Once you've decided how much you'd like to raise and how you want to raise it you can create your fundraising page here. Don't forget to add our project as the beneficiary of your efforts once you've created your page! Again, if you have any questions please email Emma@IDVolunteers.org.
Thanks so much, and our very warmest regards from Banaba!
Great news! One of the photos of our work in the Philippines has been chosen as a finalist in GlobalGiving’s annual photo contest! The winning photo will receive $1,000 and your votes decide the winner!
The nominated photo was taken by our Media and Marketing Director, Emma, and it shows two year old Mae with her mom. The family lives in a shack very close to the riverbank and their home is flooded several times a year. It’s often completely destroyed.
Emma’s taken a lot of photos over the years in disaster zones stretching from Peru to Vietnam to Haiti, but this picture is one of her favorites.
“I took this photo right after hearing the family’s story. They’ve been through a lot, but they didn’t seem to have lost hope. This photo stands out to me because it really seems to show how Melanie – the mom of the family - felt. She looks tired but determined and certainly not depressed. And of course, how could you not love little Mae’s face? This was the only shot I could get with her looking at me! She was so camera shy!”
The $1,000 prize will let us stockpile essential food, medicines, and bedding for Mae and her family. It will let us invest in early warning systems before floods and materials to rebuild after floods. It will make all the difference for Mae and her family, so please vote!
Voting lasts until July 30th, but we hope you’ll vote right now and get us off to an early lead! Thanks so much and very warm regards!
We're delighted to report that our work in Manila is changing lives every day. Our work is ranging from stockpiling food for when the floods come to helping community members learn to use technology to stay in touch with one another during floods and track storms. And, of course, we're still working on erosion control and flood defences.
We'll be sending you a full update within a few days - including an exciting upcoming matching opportunity! For the time being, here are a few of our favorite photos of the work you've made possible so far!
Stay tuned for our fantastic matching opportunity next week, and thanks so much for your support!
We’re hard at work getting ready for the rainy season! It’s already raining most afternoons, and in June the rains will intensify and families living on the riverbanks will start nervously watching the river.
We need funds so that we can take action now to reduce the impacts of the floods that are on their way. With your support, we’ll stockpile food and other essential supplies for families like Mae’s. Two-year-old Mae lives in a one room house on the river bank made of tin and plywood. Her home has already been destroyed twice since 2009. She needs you help to ensure she’s safe during floods! https://www.globalgiving.org/microprojects/keep-mae-safe-during-floods/
Today, we have a new partner in disaster preparedness – GlobalGiving! Today only, GlobalGiving is matching your donations by 50%! That means that when you give $10, we’ll be able to provide 15 hot meals to survivors like Mae during a flood instead of 10. Please give what you can today and share this great opportunity with friends and family!
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