International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)

At IDV we believe that to provide meaningful relief and reconstruction assistance to disaster affected communities around the world we have to do more than reconstruct buildings. We need to understand and address the factors that made a community vulnerable to the disaster in the first place. Our work will be organised with these factors in mind so we can effect change that far outlives our presence.
Feb 10, 2017

Thanks so much for giving Pina a safe refuge

On behalf of Pina, "Salamat Po" (or Thank You)
On behalf of Pina, "Salamat Po" (or Thank You)

Thanks so much for supporting evacuees like Pina.  

Pina is fifty seven years old and she lives with her husband and four children in Banaba, just outside Manila. They can’t afford to live somewhere safe, and their house is dangerously close to a river.

Every year there are typhoons and floods, and Pina’s house is often inundated.

Pina lives in constant danger and fear. She desperately needs her nearest evacuation center to be finished so that her family has somewhere safe to go when the worst inevitably happens again.

And now, because of your generosity, we’ll be able to continue work on Pina’s evacuation center. The interior still need rendering, and the building needs equipping with bunk beds. This will take time to complete, but work will continue one brick wall and bunk bed at a time. So, your donations will have an immediate impact protecting Pina from floods and typhoons.  Thank you so much.

We’ll send you updates about how your gift is changing the lives of Pina, her family, and families like theirs right here on GlobalGiving. Should you ever have any questions about how we’re using your donation, please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I’d love to hear from you!

One last time, thanks so much for helping to ensure that Pina will have a safe refuge when she next needs it most.

Feb 2, 2017

Thanks for stopping Manoucheca going hungry

On behalf of Manoucheca, "Thank You" so much!
On behalf of Manoucheca, "Thank You" so much!

Thanks so much for stopping Manoucheca from going hungry.

Manoucheca arrived at the HTDC orphanage in 2010 after her father died in that year’s earthquake. Her mom couldn’t afford to care for her, or her younger brother Nekfy, so she brought them to the HTDC orphanage.  

Manoucheca’s mom hoped the orphanage could feed her, but with so many other hungry mouths to feed, the orphanage also struggled from day to day.

Without healthy food, Manoucheca was listless. She didn’t play or run around. But now - thanks to you - Manoucheca is a happy, independent young lady. She’s also very responsible and helps look after her younger brother

Because of you, Manoucheca enjoys the energy from three nutritious meals every day - and we’ll be able to keep providing the food she needs to stay healthy and keep on growing.

Manoucheca has a bright future because you gave. There are so many things you could have spent your hard earned money on, but you chose Manoucheca. Thanks so much.

We’ll keep updating you about Manoucheca and all her friends at the Hands Together to Defend the Children Orphanage through this project’s parent page, Provide a Safe Home for Haitian Orphans. If you ever have any questions about how we're using your donation, please email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. We’d love to hear from you!

Thanks again for making Manoucheca’s future bright, and our warmest regards!

Feb 1, 2017

Another milestone marked - thanks to you!

Tess sends you her thanks
Tess sends you her thanks

Thanks to your incredible support we’re continuing to help Filipino communities prepare for disaster.

Over the last few months our focus has returned to completing the Banaba Livelihood and Evacuation centre, just outside Manila.

The building’s original donor ran out of funds before construction was finished, and so for much of the last year we’ve been working hard to finish the job. This is to ensure that local residents have a place to shelter during typhoons, and also so that the building can be used for important community development projects at other times.

For example, in a project report last August we described how we’d been able to complete the external rendering on all but one of the buildings sides.

Well, we’re delighted to report that the final side of the building has now also been rendered as well. This rendering is important to protect the building’s walls from the torrential downpours which batter the building during the annual rainy season. And completion of this work marks yet another milestone which has only been possible to reach thanks to you!

But our most recent round of work didn’t stop there. With the external rendering now finally complete we’ve been able to turn our attention to the interior as well.

And the first internal job needing attention was the building’s three floors.

While the main concrete slabs were laid during the original construction process these were also left unfinished. The original plan was for the floors to be tiled, but with the original donor’s funding in short supply this job was sadly never done. As a result the building was left with uneven, dusty floors, which presented a trip hazard, and also meant that the centre was very hard to clean as well.

Given that proper sanitation is vital during evacuations, and also because the building is used by young and old alike at other times, we knew that this was an issue that needed resolving.

So, we also recently used your generous donations to lay a final “screed coat” of concrete throughout the building. And to add a touch of welcoming brightness, this screed coat was also coloured as well.

As a result the building’s interior has now been transformed and we asked some of it’s users to describe the impacts.

Firstly, Francia had this to say:

Our floors are now in good order and neat. The floors are easy to clean-up because there is less dust. The children who run around are now free from skids, and accidental falls due the uneven pavement of the floors before. The floors are neat to behold. Thank you!”

Tess, another of the local residents, had this to say:

The uneven surface of floors before gave us difficulties to clean, but now it’s much easier to clean the the new floors, because there are no more cement dusts sticking on them. The cleaning time for the floor is now much less, so we can devote additional work time to other tasks in the centre, like the garden, the chickens, and composting”.

Finally, Pablo also sent his thanks:

In the old days, our feet [were] enveloped with the white dust from the unpaved, unrendered floors. When walking around, dust gathered on the soles of our slippers, our feet, and up to our lower extremities. We experience itchiness from the cement. But now because I see everyday the rendered, smooth and colored surface, I always take the initiative to mop the floor - I like to see the floor in a neat condition especially when there are guests coming. Thank you for helping us”.

We want to reiterate the thanks from Francia, Tess and Pablo. And we also want to emphasise just how vital your generosity continues to be for this project. Some donors might be a little put off supporting a project started by someone else, perhaps because they don’t feel quite as much ownership over the end result.

But completing the centre is vital for both the safety and long-term development of the local community, and you’ve stepped up to help with this vital task. Thank you so much.

Moving forward there’s more work yet to be done on the interior, and the building also needs equipping with things like bunk beds too. So, we’ll keep fundraising right here on GlobalGiving, and we’ll also keep you posted as the work continues.

As always, if you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

The final side of the building is now rendered
The final side of the building is now rendered
The floors also received a colourful screed coat
The floors also received a colourful screed coat
The floors are now bright and easy to clean
The floors are now bright and easy to clean
 
   

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