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.
Nov 3, 2014

Antonio and his grandchildren want to thank you!

Thanks for helping Antonio and his grandchildren
Thanks for helping Antonio and his grandchildren

On September 19, 2014, Tropical Storm Fung-Wong (known locally as Mario) struck the Philippine island of Luzon. Heavy rain caused flooding in many areas, including across Metro Manila, and almost 130,000 people were forced from their homes.  

In Barangay Banaba, just outside of Manila, around 1,500 people were evacuated as nearby rivers burst their banks.

Evacuation is always a hard thing to endure.  It’s scary and cold.  People worry about their family and friends, and evacuees often have to leave their homes with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

But, thanks to your generosity, we were able to work with our local partner, Buklod Tao, to activate their “community kitchen”.  Cauldron’s of hot food were soon being prepared and these were sent to evacuation centers all around Banaba.  

Thanks to you, this “mobile” kitchen served hot, healthy meals to over 1,000 evacuees during tropical storm Mario.  These meals helped keep people healthy and provided comfort during difficult times.

Some of those who received hot meals were 74 year old Antonio and his grandchildren.  Antonio had this to say about the help he received:

“This community kitchen and food distribution is awesome; a big help to us who were given a bowl of sotanghon (noodles with cabbage) because we really lack means in food provision. I am very thankful and happy too because there are people like you who extend cooked food assistance to us."  

Without your donations, we wouldn’t have been there to make sure families like Antonio’s had a hot meal in their time of need. So, thank you so much!

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

Their sign says it all!
Their sign says it all!
Oct 31, 2014

Exciting developments at HTDC orphanage

The kids at the orphanage are excited this month!
The kids at the orphanage are excited this month!

There are big changes afoot at the HTDC orphanage!

For the last four years your generous donations have allowed us to provide a safe home for all the kids by renting a house in the Clercine area of Port au Prince. This home has provided a wonderful environment for the kids. Living there has allowed them to really thrive and enjoy their childhoods.

But for the last couple of years the landlord has been developing the property, and he’s recently completed the addition of a whole new storey on top of the original house. The new additions mean that this house now has more room than the kids need.

So, with the property’s lease up for renewal in November, we’ve decided that rather than rent the unnecessary new space, it’s better to move the orphanage - and of course all the kids - to a lovely new home.

After much discussion with the orphanage directors we’ve identified several potential new homes in the Bon Repos area of Port au Prince. Our favourite choice actually has a little more room than the original house despite it costing less. It also has a beautiful garden with mango, coconut and palm trees.

We’re aiming to finalise the lease on this new house in the next week or two. So stay tuned for more updates soon.

A new home means other changes for the kids as well.

For the last few years the orphanage has employed teachers and run its own school for the kids. While all the kids have done really well in this home school, the orphanage directors now want them to socialise with others and get a wider education.

So, thanks to your amazing support, we recently enrolled the kids at a school close to the new house.

Once the kids move into their new home they’ll be able to easily walk back and forth to school. But for now, they’re being driven everyday and are also provided with school lunches.

At the start we were a little worried that all these changes might be hard on the kids. But if anything, they just seem to be excited and are loving their new school!

For example, here’s what 12 year old Nefky had to say:

“I love my new school because the teachers. I have a lot of space to play with my new friends. I like going far to go to school and I like the food they give me as lunch. I like the computer class and the English class”

It’s only because of your incredible support that these exciting new developments are possible. Because of you all the kids continue to have a safe home and the education they deserve. Thanks so much for all you’ve given!

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.

Nefky in his new school uniform
Nefky in his new school uniform
Oct 31, 2014

Hard work and success at EIM - thanks to you

EIM student Richardson with his exam certificate
EIM student Richardson with his exam certificate

It’s the middle of a busy exam season at the English in Mind (EIM) Institute!

In September we administered over 100 Cambridge exams to students in our four highest levels. Many students passed on their first try, and others are working extra hard this month on revision classes to be successful during a November retake.

We’re especially proud to announce that after passing our highest-level exam (CAE), two of our Advanced 2 students – Merove Edeus and Richardson Jean — are now officially EIM graduates!

Part of the reward of completing our program is that we will now sponsor these bright students to take the TOEFL exam in 2015.  Although we won’t directly administer the TOEFL, we’ll be offering a special training course to help Merove and Richardson do their very best.

Last month EIM also welcomed a new group of volunteers from all over the US, Canada and the UK. They helped teach extra revision classes and practiced some test-taking techniques that our students will find crucial during their retake. They also provided a much-needed dose of fun during this otherwise stressful period!

Lastly, on a personal note, on September 15th we welcomed our newest EIM student to the world. Anne Christine Zamor, the beautiful baby girl of our principal Brunel was born this day and we couldn’t be happier for him and his lovely wife Roselene. We’re sure Anne will be speaking English in no time!

EIM’s continued success wouldn’t be possible without your support – thank you so very much!

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.

EIM students and international volunteers
EIM students and international volunteers

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