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Apr 9, 2019

Keeping rescued families safe - thanks to you!

We'll soon be providing a new boat like this one
We'll soon be providing a new boat like this one

Thanks to your amazing support we’ve now provided a total of ten flood rescue boats as a result of this GlobalGiving project.

Over the years these boats have rescued literally hundreds of families trapped by rising flood water. However, those families also need somewhere to evacuate to ride out the floods.

Sadly, for some families, there isn’t an evacuation centre nearby. So, for much of the last few months we’ve been making further improvements to the Banaba Livelihood and Evacuation Centre.

Having built and equipped nineteen family cubicles in the building last year we recently started work on another twenty-four. In total this will allow forty-three families to use the building during disasters.

We’ve also installed more ceiling fans to keep everyone cool, and provided a small solar system that can power a water purifier, phones and emergency lighting if mains power is cut off during a storm. To make sure families can stay clean we’ve also undertaken some bathroom maintenance.

When complete this work will make the centre fully operational, and so we’re now turning our attention back to rescue boats once again. And, thanks to your incredible generosity we now have enough to fund another big rescue boat!

We asked Ka Noli, the founder of our local partner organisation, Buklod Tao, which community most needed this next boat and he had this to say:

“Salamat Po (Thank you) for this wonderful news of another boat!

This should go to the congested river community in Zone 685 of Barangay Ampid 1. They have one small boat that was utilized during typhoons, especially last year with Typhoon Narding but it does not suffice because of the boat's limited capacity.

The place was also heavily inundated by Tropical Storm Ketchana (or Ondoy) in 2009 and many houses were damaged just like in Banaba.

The next nearest boat is about 1.5 kilometers from Zone 685, same barangay. This is the Chris Chaggar boat that was handed over last year to San Jose de Ampid Parish and is needed to protect the families there.

So, we wish to augment the flood rescue capacity of Zone 685 with a large boat of its own”

We echo Ka Noli’s thanks to you for making this possible, and work on the new boat will start very soon. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on progress right here on GlobalGiving.

If you have any questions meanwhile please don’t hesitate to email I would be delighted to hear from you.

Installing an exhaust vent for a bathroom
Installing an exhaust vent for a bathroom
We've also provided a solar system
We've also provided a solar system
The cubicles will be equipped with bedding
The cubicles will be equipped with bedding
Apr 1, 2019

Thanks for feeding Susan during floods

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

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

Susan is forty-eight years old. She lives with her two daughters, son-in-law and grandson in a poorly constructed house dangerously close to a river, in Banaba, just outside Manila, in the Philippines.

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

During floods Susan 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 Susan and her family often have to go hungry.

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

Hot meals will be available when the next flood forces Susan and her family to leave their home. Evacuation will never be easy for Susan, 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 Susan, 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 We’d love to hear from you!

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

Apr 1, 2019

Thanks for keeping a roof over Kenson's head

On behalf of Kenson, "Thank You!" so much.
On behalf of Kenson, "Thank You!" so much.

Thanks so much for helping to provide a safe home for Kenson.

Kenson's mum is alive but she's homeless and couldn't afford to feed him or keep him safe. So, she was forced to abandon Kenson at the HTDC orphanage.

Kenson’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 its own rent and, without your help, Kenson was in danger of becoming a homeless street-kid.

But now, because of you, Kenson will continue to have a safe home. Your donations will help pay the rent and provide caregivers, water and electricity for Kenson for a year*.

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

We’ll keep updating you about Kenson 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 Kenson’s future bright, and our warmest regards!

*Please note, that the orphanage is home to around thirty children. Your donations to this project will cover Kenson’s share of the costs over a year, but will be spent on all the children in parallel as we fundraise for each in turn.


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