Apr 12, 2010

EDV's Asia Assessment: Partnering with Disaster Survivors to Meet Community Needs

Executive Director Andrew Chaggar on assessment
Executive Director Andrew Chaggar on assessment

Since our last update, EDV has been busy in Vietnam and the Philippines assessing the need for long term reconstruction and community regeneration aid.

Typhoons Ketsana and Parma slammed into Vietnam and the Philippines more than five months ago, but there is still a huge amount of work remaining. While the initial response phase is over, long term support is needed to ensure that Asian disaster survivors can rebuild vibrant communities which will be able to withstand the yearly storms that affect the region.

We’ve met survivors who have spent the last five months living in tents. These tent cities were only meant to house survivors in the immediate aftermath of the typhoons, but with their communities completely devastated and funds limited for reconstruction, survivors have no choice but to stay in the tents. 25,000 people remain displaced in the Philippines alone.

Where people aren’t displaced, huge challenges still remain. In the mountains on the island of Luzon in the Philippines, survivors of the countless landslides which affected the region were quick to tell us that they want to relocate away to safer ground, but they have no money and nowhere to go.

In the coming weeks we’ll use the information we’ve gathered during our assessment to set up projects ranging from the construction of typhoon resistant houses to flood control measures. These projects will be carried out by volunteers, both local and international, working hand in hand with survivors.

None of the projects we’re setting up would be even conceivable without your donation. Thanks so much for your contribution, and we look forward to updating you on our projects as they grow. Stay tuned!

One of the children living in an evacuation center
One of the children living in an evacuation center
One example of the devastation caused by landslide
One example of the devastation caused by landslide
Talking to a landslide survivor about recovery
Talking to a landslide survivor about recovery

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Dec 28, 2009

EDV Now has a Permanent Spot on Global Giving!

We're beyond excited to announce that thanks to all our amazing supporters EDV has succeeded in Global Giving's Open Challenge and won a permanent spot on the website.

The money we raised during the challenge will be added to our Asia-Pacific Disaster Recovery fund in mid January, just in time for our project leaders to fly to Asia and begin our deployment. We plan to be on the ground by early Febuary.

As soon as we're on the ground we'll be updating this page with photos of the community we'll be working with and the early stages of our project. So keep checking back, and thanks so much for your support!

 
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