Aug 17, 2021

Unhurt by the quake but in need of your support

Fritz is safe but insecurity is ever present
Fritz is safe but insecurity is ever present

In many ways the current situation in Haiti is about as bleak as we’ve ever seen it.

On Aug 14 a 7.2 earthquake, more powerful than the devastating 2010 quake, struck the south-west of the country. At least two cities have suffered major damage and almost 1,300 are already confirmed killed as buildings collapsed on top of them.

The situation would have been chaotic enough already, but the country was also still reeling from the assasination of President Moise in July. A leadership tussle followed with two competing prime ministers vying for power. While Ariel Henry was eventually sworn in, the political situation was still volatile and Haiti was sadly ill-equipped to deal with a major catastrophe.

Our thoughts go out to the people of Jeremie and Les Cayes, which have already reported major devastation, and to everyone else affected. 

We obviously checked in with the HTDC Orphanage as soon as we heard about the earthquake. Thankfully, while the earthquake was felt in Port-au-Prince the orphanage and all the children are safe. However, their situation is still very precarious and they’re in urgent need of your support right now.

The President’s assasination followed years of political unrest, which had contributed to rising prices for essential goods, including food and fuel. The impact of Covid-19 on the global economy also means that donations to the orphanage have dropped dramatically. 

Thanks to your generosity we’re currently still able to help HTDC meet its monthly running costs, but we’re spending almost twice as much as we’re raising right now and this isn’t sustainable. At this rate we’re in danger of running out of funds to help.

So, if you can please consider making a donation today to support children like Ruth. Ruth and her sister have both lived at the HTDC Orphanage since 2017. Their mum sadly died giving birth to their younger sibling, who also didn't make it. Despite this tragedy Ruth stays positive, is very close with her sister and is doing well in school.

Four year old Matialdo also needs your support. Matialdo's mum is still alive but she left Matialdo at the orphanage after his dad was killed in a hurricane. Matialdo's a quiet boy, but he loves his food and playing with other children his age. HTDC hopes to reunite the family in future, but for now they're looking after him and they need your help to continue.

The HTDC Orphanage does its very best for Ruth, Matialdo and all the children in its care, but the situation in Haiti is as tough as it’s ever been. 

If you have any questions about the orphanage and how we use your donations, or if you think you could help with donations and clothes and more in Florida, then please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I’d be delighted to hear from you.

Seven year old Ruth needs you now
Seven year old Ruth needs you now
Four year Matialdo is staying at HTDC
Four year Matialdo is staying at HTDC
Bervalie and her brother need your help
Bervalie and her brother need your help
Aug 9, 2021

Learning the lessons from typhoon Ulysses

The Grahame Maher in action during Ulysses
The Grahame Maher in action during Ulysses

Thanks so much for helping provide rescue boats for flood prone communities.

These boats have proven to be lifesavers time and time again, including during typhoon Ulysses which struck the Philippines at the end of last year. Ulysses also brought some important lessons for the boat crews and our local partner Buklod Tao that we’ve been responding to over the last few months.

During the typhoon many boats had to navigate narrow alleys and fight heavy currents. Ka Noli, Buklod Tao’s President explained what they realised in the process:

“It was observed that the paddles were used to push forward the boat by pressing the paddles against the walls of houses alongside the flooded street. Also, when the floodwaters were swift the paddles were sometimes no match to the current. There must be one more tool for the boat crews. We would like to provide "Tikin" poles to make the mobility of the boat more efficient by pushing.”

Because of your brilliant donations we’ve been able to provide fourteen of these Tikin (or quant) poles - one for each of the volunteer boat crews that protect their local communities. Thank you for making this vital adaptation possible.

In our last report we also highlighted how typhoon Ulysses had revealed gaps in the fleet’s geographical coverage, and that Buklod Tao were considering moving the Grahame Maher boat to protect 150-200 families living in the Baybay Ilog 2 area of Banaba. Plans have since moved forward, and Ka Noli again explained:

“After earlier discussions with the prospective team leader, Jhun Sarte, we have organized one new Buklod Tao DRR Team at Baybay Ilog 2, very close to Dama De Noche street, Dona Pepeng Subdivision, Banaba. We have handed over to the team one Tikin pole, two paddles and four life vests. We could not identify a secure place to dry dock the boat so the game plan is for the IDV-donated multicab truck to haul the Grahame Maher boat to the new Team at Baybay Ilog 2 during inclement weather”.

This isn’t the only redeployment of existing boats being considered after Ulysses. Major development projects spreading out from metro Manila are also diverting waterways and changing flood patterns. Ka Noli continued his report:

“I would add here the prospect of recent non-flooding in the previously heavily flooded area of Armpac.Testimonies have it that during last year's typhoon Ulysses Armapac was no longer flooded due to the almost completed huge drainage system that accompanies the construction of C-6 Highway. We are going to actively observe Armpac this coming flooding season, and if Armpac is truly spared from flood(s), we would  opt for the retrieval of the Nova Mills Boat for hand-over to one other flood prone area.”

The nature of the threat brought by typhoons in the Philippines is constantly evolving, and so too is how we work to protect against it. And while some areas are now less exposed than before, many more are increasingly vulnerable. So, we're continuing to raise funds for more rescue boats right here on GlobalGiving.

Once again, thank you so much for your ongoing support, and if you ever have any questions please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I’d be delighted to hear from you.

The boat crews have a new tool thanks to you
The boat crews have a new tool thanks to you
The Grahame Maher will now protect Baybay Ilog 2
The Grahame Maher will now protect Baybay Ilog 2
The Nova Mills stationed in Armpac may be moved
The Nova Mills stationed in Armpac may be moved
Jul 6, 2021

Adapting for resiliency in Banaba

The boat crews have a new tool
The boat crews have a new tool

Thanks so much for helping Filipino communities prepare for disaster.

In our last report we highlighted how your amazing generosity helping to complete the Banaba Livelihood and Evacuation Centre had proved so vital during typhoons Rolly and Ulysses and their aftermath. Banaba residents sheltered inside the building during the  typhoons, and the Centre became a hub to support community recovery once the weather cleared. Over the last few months your donations have helped us deal with the remaining fall out from the typhoons, as well as some important lessons learned.

Firstly we’ve supported some essential maintenance of the Centre. Thanks to your brilliant donations we’ve been able to make some plumbing repairs to the heavily used bathrooms, and also install new solar powered lights. During Rolly and Ulysses our local partner Buklod Tao realised better lights were needed for the evacuees at night. Solar power is always the best option as this reduces reliance on external help and mains power during disasters. Thanks so much for helping to build this important local resilience!

Secondly, another lesson from Rolly and Ulysses came from the flood rescue boats which are built at the Centre. These boats saw heavy action during the typhoons, navigating narrow alleys and fighting heavy currents. Ka Noli, Buklod Tao’s President explained what they realised:

“It was observed that the paddles were used to push forward the boat by pressing the paddles against the walls of houses alongside the flooded street. Also, when the floodwaters were swift the paddles were sometimes no match to the current. There must be one more tool for the boat crews. We would like to provide "Tikin" poles to make the mobility of the boat more efficient by pushing.”

Because of your brilliant donations we’ve since been able to provide fourteen of these Tikin (or quant) poles - one for each of the volunteer boat crews that protect their local communities. Once again, thank you so much for making this vital adaption possible.

We’ll keep you posted as our work in Banaba continues, and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I’d be delighted to hear from you as always

The poles being manufactured
The poles being manufactured
Some bathroom maintenance
Some bathroom maintenance
One of the new solar lights
One of the new solar lights
 
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