As the world's most disaster-affected country, the Philippines has been consistently subjected to calamity. Thanks to generous donors like you, our partner organizations have been able to alleviate the suffering of local communities by providing on the ground support. Here is a glance at all of the great activities happening in the Philippines. International Disaster Volunteers (IDV) is committed to investing in communities before disaster strikes. They hope that by helping communities prepare, they will lessen the impact of these disasters and guarantee that communities can recover as quickly as possible, without total dependence on outside aid.
Recently, they have teamed up with their partner Buklod Tao to improve the Banaba Livelihood and Evacuation Center which is located just outside of Manila. The center is intended to provide shelter for sixty evacuated families during typhoons. Thanks to donor support, IDV and Buklod Tao have been able to make substantial progress beginning renovations. The second floor of the center is watertight and secure while both the second and third floor are now equipped with functioning bathrooms. Additionally, cooking facilities that are being used to provide more hot meals to evacuees and a rainwater harvesting system and pump have also been installed. This harvesting system can store over 650 gallons of sterilized water. All of these efforts have doubled the amount of usable space in the center. And, the center is home to a community development project that's focus is on vegetable gardening for families. Not only does this provide better nutrition but also ensures food security. IDV has supported this initiative through the construction of a greenhouse at the center for seedlings.
As you can see, your donations have a direct impact on countless Filipinos. GlobalGiving and IDV are infinitely appreciative of your generosity and urge you to continue working with us in the quest to support the Philippines in a time of need. Thank you!
* All photos courtesy of IDV
As we approach the end of this year, heavy rains continue to come down upon the Philippine Islands, causing flooding in many areas. Flooding, unfortunately, is not a matter of whether it will happen or not for some of these areas, but a matter of when. Your generous contributions are not only helping those affected in providing them with food, but opportunities for the communities to prepare for flooding disasters.
In an effort to streamline the relief assistance process, De La Salle University has been working to implement the delivery of relief items in bulk to their local development partners. They have encouraged their local NGO partners to create robust systems to distribute these items to beneficiaries so that these local partners can strengthen their own systems. All the while, through an intense monitoring process, De La Salle University continues to provide relief items to those most in need.
Tropical Storm Fung-Wong (known locally as Mario) struck the Philippine island of Luzon in September. The storm caused flooding that forced almost 130,000 people from their homes. Fortunately, International Disaster Volunteers (IDV) was able to provide hot meals for these evacuees. They worked with a local partner, Buklod Tao, to start a mobile community kitchen that prepared hot food to distribute to people, which served to really bring happiness to the communities.
A tremendous thank you for your donations to these projects that are continuously working to provide relief to the Philippines flood victims! Your contributions have provided relief items and meals to evacuees in times of need. As mentioned before, we know that floods can be an ongoing disaster in the Philippines, but your ongoing support can help people to overcome such disaster obstacles.
In the Philippines, communities may never know when disaster will strike again. On average, eight to nine typhoons hit the Philippines each year, causing massive amounts of flooding and damage. Individuals must constantly recover from tragedy and are in need of more and more relief efforts. Luckily, there are passionate organizations more than willing to help. Thanks to your donations, GlobalGiving has been able to give funds to projects focused on rebuilding communities, distributing supplies to children and families, and preparing for future disasters. Here are some updates from these organizations:
De La Salle University, a university in the Philippines, prides itself on using local experts to lead recovery efforts (hence its project name, “Philippines Recovery Efforts Led By Local Experts”). Recently, De La Salle University worked to construct new projects based on consultations from both their internal and external partners at the center in emergency relief operations. After the consultations, the university found that instead of having projects focus on recovery relief, they should focus more on disaster preparation and management. After thorough research and discussion, this approach was found to be more effective. In the latest project report, the university announced some future plans for this project. These plans include continued capacity building, including building an emergency response team for the area. This team will include rescue swimmers and divers, as well as a mountain rescue team. We hope you are all looking forward to their future efforts as much as we are!
Asia America Initiative’s project “Provide Relief to 5000 Families In Typhoon Bopha” is working with local groups to provide relief for survivors of the on-going disasters sparked by climate change in this region. Recently, Asia America Initiative distributed school books and readers to middle schools and high schools, in order for the students to continue having a “basic education” during these disasters. To date, the organization has been able to provide nearly 100,000 books! Unfortunately, the new typhoon season sprung again in mid-May, and students started school the first week of June. Asia America Initiative is working tirelessly to provide a safe environment for the students, but there is still more work to be done.
International Disaster Volunteers (IDV) highlighted, in their latest report, one of the IDV rescue team volunteers named Maria. She, like many of the other volunteers, needed to learn basic first aid in order to help her community when disaster strikes again. Through IDV’s project “Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disasters”, Maria and the other volunteers received an intense two day course in first aid. Through this course, led by army personnel, attendees practiced and learned CPR, how to respond to spinal cord injuries and broken bones, how to navigate through smoke, etc. Thanks to your generous donations, IDV on-the-ground volunteers are better prepared to deal with health issues in the face of tragedy. IDV hopes to train even more volunteers in first aid and even supply first aid kits and life vests in the future. All of this cannot be done without your support.
Because of the on-going nature of natural disasters in the Philippines, your continued support is more important than ever before. We may never know when a disaster is about to strike, and these organizations must always be prepared to face future typhoons, flooding, and more. We may not know what lies ahead in the Philippines, but all of the progress so far would not have been possible without you. Thank you for your continued passion and support!
Big strides are being made at International Disaster Volunteers! We are excited for them and thank you for making this possible! Since the last report, IDV has given two awesome updates about their project. The floods season is unfortunately approaching fast in the Philippines, but IDV is doing everything they can to get the regions prepared! Most importantly IDV creates community based rescue teams. This means that members of the affected communities are trained in first aid, evacuation simulations, and general flood safety tips. IDV has cultivated a community of first responders, this quick turnover is inexplicably important and will save hundreds of lives.
IDV facilitates expanded community assessments as well as extended evacuation plans. These tools connect communities and span distances so that when a disaster inevitably strikes, the entire region will be well prepared, not just particular communities. International Disaster Volunteers’ logistical expertise that connects rural towns and farms together to ensure nobody gets left behind or forgotten. While focused on prevention and preparedness IDV is also creating important and lasting connections between distanced communities.
Recognizing the importance of women in Philippine households, IDV celebrated International Women's Day with a workshop for developing sustainable livelihoods for women and their families. In the Philippines it’s most typical for a woman to manage finances and budgets for her family. Because of this the workshop was used to teach women how to farm organically and how to market their produce. Rural, underprivileged women now have the capacity to build and sell their products, and have healthy food for their families. Your contribution to this GlobalGiving fund directly benefits one of these workshops! In the coming weeks International Disasters Volunteers are excited to announce two more workshops, one on slipper making and one for sewing.
Few realize that flooding in the Philippines is annual and ever present. Your donation contributed to alleviating a recurring disaster. Your help is always needed and appreciated more than you can know! You are not just donating, you are building resilient and well prepared communities. Thank you for your contribution, it is immeasurably important!
In Southeast Asia, the Philippines specifically, the rainy season promotes fairly constant flooding and therefore there are always displaced people. These disasters are constantly happening, so when there might seem like some progress it’s, ultimately reversed by yet another storm or flooding. This GlobalGiving fund promotes sustained emergency preparedness and prevention measures. Each of GlobalGiving’s partners in this relief effort are making strides in different fields of need thanks to your amazing donations! Below are just a few of the awesome projects that our partners are working on in cleaning up the Philippines.
Asia America Initiatives
In an often related, but overlooked, repercussion of typhoons is the increase in human trafficking and slavery. This nauseating outcome is being spearheaded by Asia America Initiatives to help women and children escape this terrifying fate. They are using those funds to combat trafficking and slavery through livelihood opportunities. Like, purchasing at least six sewing machines and looms to create entrepreneurial co-ops to make traditional weaving and clothing for at least 30 women. Charity can never be enough. Instead, with income earned from working they can feed their families and avoid exploitation.
International Disaster Volunteers
IDV is working hard to prepare locals of Banaba for inevitable flooding. They stockpile peoples homes with food and essential supplies to ease suffering during and after floods. A huge risk to these families are floods that come in the middle of the night, International Disaster Volunteers train families how to prepare and act during such instances. Also, they have on-the-ground volunteers to help when waters rise.
De La Salle University
This Filipino university in Manila has made huge strides in providing to needy families in the southern districts of the Philippines. Their most recent report details their distribution center for family care packages. The standard package included rice, noodles or munggo beans, cans of sardines or corned beef, bottled water, biscuit mix, coffee, sugar, salt, candles, slippers, clothes, and toiletries. Volunteers at the center were able to repack and load a total of 12,000 family relief packages! De La Salle is currently moving into their second phase of psychological first aid and plans to move onto phase three (school rehabilitation) soon!
Your donations are doing amazing work, but as you can tell this problem is ongoing and the Philippines still need your help! Destruction due to flooding is a daily struggle that Filipinos face; working with GlobalGiving’s partners they will be better prepared and equipped to help with the struggles they face. Thank you again for your continued support!
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