The boat hull leaving the workshop
Thanks to your fantastic generosity our next flood rescue boat is now nearing completion!
Our boats have rescued hundreds of families over the years and we’re delighted to now be building our eleventh rescue boat in total.
As we described in our last project report this latest boat will be provided to the vulnerable river community in Zone 6 of Barangay Ampid 1, just outside Manila. This area floods regularly, and has been seriously affected by major storms in the past, so this new boat will play a vital role in keeping families safe when the next disaster inevitably strikes.
Our amazing local partner, Buklod Tao, have been sending a steady stream of photos over the last few weeks and it’s been amazing to watch the boat and its accompanying trailer take shape. We’ve included several photos with this report so you can see the process too!
As usual, the new boat is constructed from fibre-glass, which is built-up in layers using a mould. Once the main hull is built there’s still a lot to do to add bracing, seats and paddles - all of which are also made out of fibre-glass.
With much of the work done the boat was recently moved from its workshop, and will soon be ready for its paint job and stickers. As with our last few boats, we’re honoured to be dedicating this latest boat to the memory of someone close to IDV.
We don’t want to spoil the surprise however, so we won’t be announcing the name of this new boat just yet. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on progress right here on Global Giving, so please stay tuned for updates.
In the interim a huge thank you once again for helping to build rescue boats in flood prone communities.
If you have any questions meanwhile please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.
The first fibreglass layers laid in the mould
The hull removed from the mould
Floor bracing being added
The floor is laid on top of the braces
The boat will come with a trailer