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!
What an exciting start we’ve had in the Philippines! There are so many exciting opportunities here in Banaba to help the community become more resilient and less vulnerable to disaster.
In the coming months, we’ll work with our local partners, Buklod Tao, to expand their community-based education programmes which teach vulnerable community members what to do in the event of a flood. We'll also support the deployment of IT and SMS systems so that community leaders can ensure that everyone knows when a flood is on its way and invest in Buklod Tao’s livelihood initiatives so that they can build up reserves of emergency cash and supplies.
Together, these programmes will help Banaba’s residents be better prepared to meet their own needs when the inevitable floods come.
We hope you’ll join us as our programmes grow. To let you know how your donations are changing lives in Banaba we’ll be sending you regular updates right here on GlobalGiving. If you ever have a question about how we’re using your donation between updates don’t hesitate to contact Emma@EDVolunteers.org. We’d be happy to address any queries you might have!
Thanks so much, and our warmest regards!
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