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 28, 2017

Thanks for keeping Nicholson in school

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

Thanks so much for helping to provide a year of school for Nicholson.

Fourteen year old Wilkenson lost his parents in the 2010 earthquake. After his parents died his grandmother tried to care for him and his brothers, but she couldn't afford to feed them. So she was forced to abandon them at the HTDC orphanage.

But with so many other needs, like food, to worry about, the orphanage couldn’t provide Nicholson with an education.

Without an education, Nicholson’s future looked bleak. Nicholson is a very helpful child, who always wants to do his best. But without basic literacy and numeracy, he would almost certainly have been doomed to a life of poverty.

But Nicholson is lucky - he has you in his life.

Your fantastic generosity means that we’ll be able to keep Nicholson in school and learning the skills he needs to build a brighter tomorrow. Nicholson been doing really well in school, but if he needs extra help we’ll also be there to get him the tutoring he needs.

We’ll be able to support Nicholson because you chose to give. There are so many things you could have spent your hard earned money on, but you chose Nicholson. Thanks so much.

We’ll keep updating you about Nicholson and all his classmates 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 We’d love to hear from you!

Thanks again, and very kind regards!

Feb 28, 2017

Thanks for feeding Marilyn during floods

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

Thanks so much for providing hot meals for evacuees like Marilyn.

Marilyn is 52 years old, and she lives with her four children in the community of Banaba, just outside Manila, in the Philippines.

Marilyn’s house is dangerously close to a river. Every year there are floods, and Marilyn’s house is often inundated, or even swept away completely. Even when the water recedes a thick layer of disease carrying silt is left behind and takes days to clean.

During floods Marilyn and her children have to spend days sleeping on the floor of an evacuation centre. This is a traumatic experience already, and it’s made worse as Marilyn and her children often have to go hungry.

But now, because of your generosity, we’ll be able to provide hot food for Marilyn and her children during evacuations.

Hot meals will be available when the next flood comes and forces Marilyn and her children to leave their home. Evacuation will never be easy for Marilyn, but your generosity means that she and her children won’t go hungry. Thanks so much!

We’ll send you updates about how your gift is changing the lives of Marilyn, her children, 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 We’d love to hear from you!

Feb 20, 2017

Good news from the HTDC orphanage, thanks to you!

Thank you for being awesome!
Thank you for being awesome!

Thanks to your incredible generosity there have been several positive developments at the HTDC orphanage in recent months.

In a previous project report we explained how our own charity, IDV, was experiencing financial difficulties, and potentially facing closure in March of this year as a result. Given the orphanage’s relatively high dependence on our support, we were inevitably very concerned about the children’s future if this happened.

I’m now happy to report that the situation, for the orphanage at least, is looking a lot healthier.

Firstly, and apologies for the delay in sending this news, our end of year appeal for the orphanage secured an incredible $14,000 (or around £11,200). While this was from all sources, a considerable amount was donated via this GlobalGiving project - thanks so much for your amazing support!

Your generosity has already made an immediate impact as the orphanage’s rent of $7,000 has now been paid for all of 2017. So, the children will continue to have a safe home thanks to you.

The remaining $7,000 is enough to help meet the kids other basic needs, like food and school, until July of this year. The orphanage’s running costs are actually more than $7,000 for this period, but their dependence on us to cover the total costs has just significantly decreased thanks to a second piece of good news.

Thanks to another GlobalGiving project, which several of you have also kindly supported, we’ve just completed the purchase of a bus for the orphanage.

Although the purchase only happened in the last two weeks the orphanage has wasted no time renting out the bus to earn a vital income for the kids. For example, a group who arrived in Haiti over the weekend have hired the bus, with driver, for the whole week.

This alone will generate $150 to help meet the children’s basic needs this month, and we’re projecting that the orphanage can earn around $500 per month from the bus moving forward. This will reduce the orphanage’s reliance on your donations by a third. What’s more, because we invested in a really high quality vehicle, we’re confident that this will continue long into the future.

The orphanage will still need further support however, particularly after July when the funding discussed above runs out. But there’s also been a third positive development too.

IDV’s overall financial situation is still sadly unchanged, and this means that we’re unable to afford our single UK staff member after March. As a result there’s no way we can continue with “business as usual”. However, given the continued needs at the orphanage, and your ongoing demonstrations of support, we’ve decided to continue doing what we can on a voluntary basis.

The nature of this voluntary support will mean that we have a lot less time to fundraise. So, we’ll continue working with the orphanage’s other supporters to find ways they can do more to fill the gaps.

However, we’ll will keep this GlobalGiving project active until at least the end of our current financial year, on August 31, 2017. During this time we'll keep helping as much as we can, even if our capacity is reduced.

Once again, thank you so much for your incredible generosity. While we are definitely saddened by our own financial situation, your amazing support for the children at HTDC orphanage continues to give us hope, and also inspires us to try.

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

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The orphanage now has its own bus
The orphanage now has its own bus
The bus will be rented out, and used for day trips
The bus will be rented out, and used for day trips
The kids enjoying a day trip to a park
The kids enjoying a day trip to a park

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