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.
Jul 15, 2015

Amazing Results at Anibongon School

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You've helped these kids at Anibongon School

We’re delighted to report that our work at the Anibongon Elementary School is now complete.

This small rural school is located in the municipality of Jaro, about 40 miles from Tacloban. 76 kids attend school here. The school was devastated by typhoon Haiyan and when we first visited in early April we found them in desperate need of help.

Although the school isn’t far from the main road the only bridge to the community was also washed away by the typhoon. As a result no-one had been willing to provide help for over 17 months due to the logistical challenges involved.

But these challenges didn’t put us off and at the end of April we began work to repair and refurbish the school’s four classrooms.

This work was urgently needed as although the classrooms were in a very dangerous condition, the kids were still using the buildings as they had literally no-where else to go!

We were also keen to complete the work as soon as possible as summer holidays in the Philippines run from late March to late June, and we didn’t want to disrupt classes any more than we had to.

As a result our team decided to camp out at the school so that they could work around the clock and not lose time travelling back and forth.

As soon as their camp was established our team got to work on completely replacing the roofs and internal ceilings on two of the classrooms. We also replaced the broken doors and windows to make the rooms secure and watertight. Finally we repainted the classrooms to make them beautiful and bright.

With this work complete we turned our attention to the two remaining classrooms. Before starting work at the school we’d met with the Philippine Department of Education. They’d told us that these other two classrooms were going to be demolished at some point in the future.

There was no timescale given for this demolition however and we wanted to be sure that the kids had somewhere safe and dry to learn in the meanwhile. So, we reinforced and repaired the damaged roof sections to make sure that they wouldn’t collapse or leak.

As a result of all this work the school has now been completely transformed and all the kids and teachers are overjoyed with their new classrooms.

This transformation was only possible because of your incredible generosity and on behalf of the community of Anibongon we want to say thank you so much!

You’ve already given so much to help support education in Tacloban but this July 15 we’re asking you please consider helping even more kids. This is because on July 15 GlobalGiving will be matching donations to this cause by an amazing 50%.

Matching will start at 9am Eastern Time (or 1pm in the UK) and donations up to $1,000 (or £600 in the UK) will be matched per donor while funds remain. So, please consider making a gift on July 15, and please also spread the word about this incredible opportunity.

As always, if you ever have any queries about how we’re using your donation, please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

Anibongon School before we started work
Anibongon School before we started work
Anibongon School now and the team who fixed it
Anibongon School now and the team who fixed it
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It's a great day to help more kids like Rose
Jul 15, 2015

Summer's Arrived at the HTDC Orphanage

These four little ones just finished Kindergarten!
These four little ones just finished Kindergarten!

July is here and this means that the kids at the HTDC orphanage are now done with school and starting to enjoy their long summer break.

The last event in the school year was a graduation ceremony for four of the kids who've just finished with kindergarten. Bodlison, Bodlina, Kenson and Schnaidine all celebrated their graduation with a small party at school and will be moving onto elementary school in September.

But before then all the kids are free to enjoy their summer vacation, like other kids all over the world.

This means that the orphanage staff have their hands full over the next couple of months!

The staff already have a lot of work to do, after all cooking and washing clothes for 27 kids is already a full time job. So, to help keep the kids occupied we’re planning a full schedule of activities for them during the holidays.

Some of these activities will include fun filled days out, such as trips to a local museum, the zoo and also to Haiti’s beautiful mountains. These trips will give the kids a special treat while also giving the staff a chance to focus on their chores without the young ones being underfoot.

Hiring vehicles for these trips can be expensive though. That's why we’re still raising funds to buy the orphanage its own vehicle even though school’s out for the summer.

Of course, when the kids return to school in September the vehicle will also be used to drive the kids to and from school. And when not being used for trips, and the daily school run, the orphanage still plan to hire out the vehicle to earn an income.

We still need to raise over $10,000 to buy the orphanage a vehicle, but we’re not discouraged by this.

This is because many of you have already made incredibly generous donations to this cause. What’s more, this July 15 GlobalGiving will be helping us get even closer by matching donations to this project by an incredible 50%.

Matching will start at 9am Eastern Time (or 1pm in the UK) and donations up to $1,000 (or £600) per donor will be matched while funds remain. So, please consider making a gift on July 15, and please also spread the word about this incredible opportunity.

As always, if you ever have any queries about how we’re using your donation, please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

Thanks to Shaun Mader for photos

And this one needs entertaining :)
And this one needs entertaining :)
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It's a great day to help Wisly and all the kids
Jul 15, 2015

Facing the Nepal Monsoon together to survive

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There's beauty in Nepal despite the rain

Monsoon season has arrived in Nepal and this has brought heavy rains on a daily basis. For survivors of the earthquakes these rains bring more problems and worry.

Heavy rains can lead to landslides and flash floods, which are new disasters in themselves. Even where communities are spared from these new disasters the severe weather still compounds the problems caused by the original earthquakes.

For example the earthquakes left 1.4 million people in need of food assistance. This is a particular problem in remote mountain areas where almost 70% of people struggle to eat enough to stay healthy.

This problem is made worse by the monsoon as rains cause road closures, and this makes travel to and from communities even harder than normal. So, when we recently provided food aid to 43 families in Pyrae, Sindhupalchok district, we couldn’t simply drive to the village. Instead the families had to make the long walk down the mountain and then carry all 2,500kg of aid back up!

This is incredibly tiring for those already low on energy from hunger, but the people here are born survivors and are determined to help us help themselves.

The heavy rain also brings the need for shelter into sharp focus. The earthquakes destroyed almost 600,000 homes and hundreds of thousands of families still lack weather-proof shelter.

In response we’ve continued to provide Shelter Kits, containing roofing tin and fixings, to help survivors put a sturdy roof over their own heads as quickly as possible. While many more people still need help we’re very thankful that your amazing support has enabled us to protect almost 1,300 people from the worst of the monsoon rains.

But the heavy rains cause other problems too. The earthquakes destroyed over 36,000 classrooms leaving over one million kids with a place to learn. Proper repair and reconstruction of schools is impossible during the monsoon. So temporary classrooms are essential for getting kids back into education.

Our main focus for such classrooms is currently in Sindhupalchok, the worst affected of all Nepal’s districts. Sindhupalchok lost over 4,000 classrooms and the devastation here is epic.

The Nepalese resilience is inspirational through, and so we’re not put off by the scale of the challenge. Instead we’re focusing on what we can do. And we're steadily get more and more kids back to school with each week that passes.

At the Balephi Secondary school we recently provided a sturdy bamboo framed tent, with tin walls around the bottom to keep the ground water out. We also repaired school benches to give the kids somewhere to sit.

This provided functional classrooms but, recognising that many kids have suffered a lot of trauma and distress, we also wanted to give them a little fun.

So, to finish the temporary classrooms we invited the kids to paint the inside of the tin walls. They painted flags, buddha, lotus flowers, scenes from the countryside and much more. The kids loved being able to decorate their own classroom and seeing the smiles on their faces reminded us once again how much strength and beauty there is Nepal.

So, despite the monsoon, and the devastation left by the earthquake, we continue to work alongside survivors, and draw strength from each other as we do.

Thank you so much for making this possible!

This July 15 GlobalGiving will be matching donations to our Nepal projects by an amazing 50%.

Matching will start at 9am Eastern Time (or 1pm in the UK) and donations up to $1,000 (or £600 in the UK) will be matched per donor while funds remain. So, please consider making a gift on July 15, and please also spread the word about this incredible opportunity.

As always, if you ever have any queries about how we’re using your donation, please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you

Survivors descend to meet our food aid
Survivors descend to meet our food aid
Families receiving roofing tin you provided
Families receiving roofing tin you provided
Kids decorating the classrooms you provided
Kids decorating the classrooms you provided
 
   

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