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Jan 7, 2019

Thanks for giving Liza shelter from the storm

On behalf of Liza, "Salamat Po" ("Thank You")
On behalf of Liza, "Salamat Po" ("Thank You")

Thanks so much for supporting evacuees like Liza.

Thirty-eight year old Liza lives with her three children in Banaba, just outside Manila. Liza’s house is poorly constructed and is dangerously close to a river. Every year there are typhoons and floods, and Liza’s house is often overwhelmed by the water, including just a few months ago.

Liza needs her nearest evacuation center to be properly equipped so that her family has somewhere safe to shelter when disaster strikes.

And now, because of your generosity, we’ll be able to install seven private family cubicles in Liza’s evacuation center. The building will eventually house over 40 families during storms, and providing cubicles for everyone will take time, but your generosity gives us the means to make progress one cubicle and family at a time. Thank you so much.

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

One last time, thanks so much for ensuring that Liza will have shelter from the storm.

Jan 7, 2019

Thanks for feeding Felisa during floods

On behalf of Felisa, "Salamat Po" ("Thank You")
On behalf of Felisa, "Salamat Po" ("Thank You")

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

Felisa is sixty-eight years old She lives with her daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren in a poorly constructed house dangerously close to a river in the community of Banaba, just outside Manila, in the Philippines.

Every year there are floods, and Felisa’s house is often inundated, including just a few months ago. Even when the water recedes a thick layer of disease carrying silt is left behind and takes days to clean.

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

Yet now, because of your generosity, we’ll be able to provide hot food for Felisa and her family during evacuations.

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

We’ll send you updates about how your gift is changing the lives of Felisa, her family and other 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. We’d love to hear from you!

One last time, thanks so much for ensuring that Felisa and her family can enjoy hot meals during floods.

Dec 26, 2018

Our heartfelt thanks to you

The Centre recently hosted a Christmas party
The Centre recently hosted a Christmas party

With Christmas upon us and the new year approaching we want to send you our heartfelt thanks for helping Filipino communities prepare for disaster.

Thanks to your generosity we recently provided the “Extension” area of Banaba with a flood rescue boat. This new boat, called “The Bukluran” - which means “Bonding Together”, will work alongside the previously provided “Helen Thompson” rescue boat to protect families living in Banaba Extension from floods.

The Bukluran is smaller than the Helen Thompson and can access narrow alleyways that the Helen Thompson can’t. The two boats will complement each other perfectly and ensure that help is never far away when disaster inevitably strikes again.

While working on The Bukluran we’ve also continued to fundraise to equip the Banaba Livelihood & Evacuation Centre. And, with your incredible support, we’ve now raised enough to continue installing cubicles to provide privacy to families during evacuations.

Earlier this year we completed the installation of nineteen cubicles on the building’s first floor. This was a great start but less than half of our overall target. So, we’re excited to soon be starting work on providing another seventeen cubicles on the building’s top floor, and a further seven on the ground floor.

Once complete these cubicles will allow forty-three local families to shelter in safety and with dignity. Thanks so much.

It’s brilliant to see this progress on the Evacuation Centre but it’s also great to see the building being used so much by the community outside of disasters too.

Just last week children from the community dropped by for a wonderful Christmas party with games and gifts for everyone. The kids had so much fun as you can see from the attached photos.

While it was another organisation who supported the party the truck that you helped send to Banaba was put to great use helping transport the children safely to and from the Centre. Our heartfelt thanks for this too.

We’ll keep you posted as our work in Banaba continues, and if you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

Our latest rescue boat - The Bukluran
Our latest rescue boat - The Bukluran
Another photo from the Christmas party
Another photo from the Christmas party
The truck we provided taking the kids home
The truck we provided taking the kids home
 
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