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.
May 14, 2015

Your Amazing Support

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

Thanks so much for supporting Haiyan survivors like Jhanrey.  Jahnrey is 7 years old and he’s a survivor of typhoon Haiyan.  He lives with his parents and 5 year old sister in Tacloban’s Barangay 88.  Zain’s dad is a construction worker and although he works hard it’s often tough to find a job because so many people are still unemployed after the typhoon.

This meant that Jhanrey and his family often went hungry.

But now because of your generosity, we’ll be able to provide hot meals for Jhanrey, his family, and families like theirs.

These meals will provide a lifeline by helping Haiyan survivors to avoid hunger and malnutrition.  It will also allow poor families to spend more of their own precious income on rebuilding.

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

One last time, thanks so much for ensuring that Jhanrey and his family can enjoy hot meals, and also for reminding him that there is someone who cares.

Very kind regards,

May 5, 2015

Your Amazing Support

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

Wisly is 11 years old. His dad died in the 2010 earthquake, leaving his mom to look after ten children. Wisly's mom couldn't provide for them, so she abandoned Wisly and two of his brothers at the HTDC orphanage.

Wisly’s mom hoped the orphanage could keep a roof over his head, but safe houses large enough for all the kids are very expensive in Port-au-Prince. The orphanage can’t afford to pay it’s own rent and, without your help, Wisly was in danger of becoming a homeless street-kid.

But now, because of you, Wisly has a safe home for at least the next year. Your donations will also provide caregivers to meet Wisly’s needs and ensure that he has access to water and electricity.

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

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

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

May 5, 2015

Emergency Shelter and Food Relief in Nepal

Diksani lost her home and needs emergency shelter
Diksani lost her home and needs emergency shelter

Thanks to the amazing support of donors like you IDV is now responding to the Nepal earthquake and providing immediate relief to survivors.

The earthquake, which struck on April 25, 2015, is now reported to have killed more than 7,300 people.  Millions of survivors are affected and are in need of relief items, including food and emergency shelter.  We are now working to meet these needs.

Tri Clay, IDV’s first representative in Nepal, arrived on May 5.  Tri arrived in country with 120Kg of tarpaulins (approximately 60 units).

This was a change to our original plan of providing tents as fresh information revealed that tarps would be easier to transport inside Nepal, and would also better meet the needs of our immediate beneficiaries. So we spent a few more days adjusting our plans so that we could make the biggest immediate impact.

More tarps, and our original tents, will follow Tri to Nepal by cargo transport shortly, but for now our immediate focus is on providing relief to the village of Arukharka, in Nuwakot district.

Around 500 people live in Arukharka, which is about 65km north of Kathmandu.

We wanted to ensure Tri brought the most useful items to Arukharka. So, over the past few days we have worked with a local trekking company, called Mountain Quests, to conduct initial assessments even before Tri’s arrival in Nepal.

These assessments revealed major housing damage in the village and led us to switching from tents to tarps for our first delivery of relief items.

Before the earthquake there were 109 homes in the village, but 97 of these have been destroyed and 9 more are damaged. With monsoon season rapidly approaching families urgently need robust temporary shelter.

The villagers are already working to build such shelter but there are limited to what materials they can salvage from their homes.

Now in Nepal, Tri will transport our tarps to Arukharka for use as shelter materials. Once in the village Tri will assess how we can further support the urgent need for temporary shelter.

Tri will be soon be supported by IDV’s next team member, Ruth Heyes, who will arrive in Nepal on May 7.  Ruth is an architect and previously led IDV’s work renovating and repairing Lun Tad school in Tacloban, following typhoon Haiyan.

While assessing longer-term needs Tri and Ruth will also continue to provide other relief in Arukharka.

For example, our initial assessments have also revealed that 10 families in the village have lost all of their crops and will require around $1,200 worth of food aid to meet their basic needs in the medium term. IDV has already committed to meeting this need.

Our immediate work in Arukharka, and our ability to support this and other communities in the longer-term is dependent on the amount of funds we are able to raise. So, if you can, please consider donating today.

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

Packing tarps which are now on the way to Diksani
Packing tarps which are now on the way to Diksani
We'll also provide food aid to families like these

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