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 23, 2016

Thanks for feeding Rose during floods

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

Thanks so much for helping to provide hot meals for evacuees like Rose.

Rose is 23 years old, and she lives with her one year old daughter Patricia in the community of Banaba, just outside Manila, in the Philippines.

Rose’s house is poorly constructed, and it’s dangerously close to a river. Every year there are floods, and Rose’s house is often inundated completely.

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

But now, because of your generosity, we’ll be able to provide hot food for Rose and her daughter during evacuations.

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

We’ll send you updates about how your gift is changing the lives of Rose, Patricia, 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!

Nov 22, 2016

Six years of security, thanks to you.

The kids have thrived for the last six years
The kids have thrived for the last six years

Thank you so much helping to provide a safe home for Haitian orphans.

Since September 2010 more than 2,200 of you have donated in excess of $158,000 to this project. This incredible outpouring of love and generosity has kept a roof over the heads of the children at the HTDC (SMDT in french) orphanage.

Your donations have also sent the kids to school, and provided them with nutritious food, healthcare and caregivers to deal with the mountains of cooking, cleaning and entertaining that comes with almost thirty children!

Your support has meant the world to us, and the kids, particularly when we think about how far we’ve come together.

We first met the children in the summer of 2010. Their house was destroyed by the devastating earthquake earlier that year. As a result, they were living in one small room and a tent, which flooded almost daily. They were constantly short of food, the kids were often sick, and the staff had no means to send the children to school.

Survival was a daily battle for the orphanage and all the children in its care. But then you came along, and transformed their lives with your kindness and generosity.

Today, the orphanage has a network of partners, but your donations still provide over 70% of the funding required to meet the kids basic needs on a monthly basis. You’ve also continued to pay the orphanage’s rent every year.

But, while we’re incredibly grateful for your gifts, we’ve always also been conscious of the children’s dependence on external support.  

So, for the last few years we’ve also been raising funds to buy the orphanage a bus. And, thanks to the amazing support of donors like you, we now have enough funds and the bus purchase will happen in the next few weeks.

As well as being used to give the kids days out, the bus will be rented out during the school day to generate a vital income for the orphanage. At the moment this income is projected to be around $750 a month.

However, even with this new income secured, the orphanage will still need another $1,000 (around £800) each month to meet the kids needs. What’s more the orphanage’s rent is now due and they desperately need help to make this vital payment.

The landlord originally asked for $16,000 in advance for the next two years, but in the wake of Hurricane Matthew he’s kindly agreed to accept $7,000 for 2017. This is a much easier target, but sadly one we’re still short of at the moment.

There’s also other worries ahead for the orphanage as well.

IDV itself is a small charity, and for the last six years we’ve done absolutely everything we can to keep our overheads as low as possible. But despite this we’ve been struggling this year to “keep the lights on”. Unless something changes soon we’re sadly facing closure in March of next year.

If this happens then we’ll be unable to keep supporting the children at the orphanage. This is obviously a worrying situation, and one we’re working hard to address.

We’re talking with the orphanage’s other supporters, and looking at ways they can help more to fill the gaps. One of these partners, a French organisation called Cassiopee Pour l’Orphenalit SMDT, is already helping with the bus purchase, so there are positive signs.

However, we’re still concerned that the other partners won’t be able to fully step in immediately. In fact, it may take many months for the transition to completely happen.

So, between November 29 and the end of the year we’re aiming to raise $19,000 (around £15,250) to meet the children’s needs through 2017.

These funds will first be used to pay the orphanage’s rent for the year in advance. Our plan is to then transfer the remaining balance to the orphanage, who will use it to meet the kids other basic needs for the rest of the year.

We know this is an ambitious target, and that you’ve already given so much. But if you’re able to dig deep for one final push then you can ensure that the orphanage, and its other partners, have the time they need to adjust.

Our campaign will officially launch on November 29 and, thanks to GlobalGiving, this is a great day to give our appeal a flying start. That’s because on November 29 your donations will* be matched by 50%. So, if you can, please help us provide a safe home for these beautiful children in 2017.

As always, if you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

*Donations will be matched while funds remain. Note that there will be separate match funding pots on both GlobalGiving.org and GlobalGiving.co.uk. Full T&C’s will also be available on the day itself.

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But life used to be much tougher
But life used to be much tougher
Please help keep the kids jumping for joy
Please help keep the kids jumping for joy
November 29 is a great day to give
November 29 is a great day to give
Nov 17, 2016

Messages to you from Banaba after the floods

Noelle, Leona, Maricel, Leon & Noela were rescued
Noelle, Leona, Maricel, Leon & Noela were rescued

Thank you so much for helping to provide flood rescue boats in the community of Banaba.

In our last project report we described how these vital boats had dramatically rescued over 180 people during the latest flooding in Banaba. And while we sent our thanks in that last report, we now wanted to send some direct thank you messages from the affected community.

One of those rescued was then eight month old Noelle, who is the youngest of four children. She has two sisters; one year old Noela and seven year old Leona. She also has a five year old brother called Leon.

With so many little ones their parents, Maricel and Noel, struggle to move the family quickly during floods. Happily, and thanks to you, Noelle and her family were all rescued safely by our boats.

The family were all scared during the floods, but when we asked Maricel about their rescue she had this to say:

“Once inside the rescue boat, we felt that we were all safe. Thank you for your help.”

We also spoke to others that were rescued, and this was a common theme. All affected were grateful for the boats, and they also spoke about the security and peace of mind the boats provide during floods.

For example, we also spoke to 46 year old Josephine, who has two children; fourteen year old Christine and eleven year old Jovanni. Again the whole family were rescued by the boats you provided. Josephine had this to say:

Because of the presence of the rescue boat, we are confident we would survive the flood. Thank you for providing us a rescue boat in our area - it surely helps in saving lives!”

Finally, we also spoke to 31 year old Gina. Gina and her husband Allan also have two young daughters called Lindy-raine and Skylyn, who are aged just four and two.

Again, it’s hard for their family to move quickly with young children, and Gina was also injured. This would have put them in grave danger had a boat not been nearby . Gina had this to say:

I rode in the boat since I could not walk due to my wound in my foot. I was shocked to witness the flooded streets. Because of the boat I felt safe. Thank you for having a boat in my place, so that if we need quick rescue, it is already there”

Again and again, the message from Banaba was the same; thank you so much for the boats, and also for the security they provide.

Gina, Josephine, Maricel and their families are among the 500,000 people who live dangerously close to rivers in and around Manila. They often move to the city seeking a better life but then have to settle along these riverbanks as they’re the only place they can afford to live.

They know it’s unsafe, and dream of being able to move to higher ground one day. But until then the boats you’ve provided will stay on guard and keep saving lives.

Thanks so much once again for all you’ve given! As always, if you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

46 year old Josephine was also rescued
46 year old Josephine was also rescued
Gina, Lindy-raine and Skylyn send their thanks
Gina, Lindy-raine and Skylyn send their thanks
 
   

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