The community of Banaba is affected by flooding almost every year. For the families living in this small community just outside Manila, it isn't a question of if there will be more flooding, but when. But these inspiring families aren't taking matters lying down - they've organised themselves and are prepared to respond when floods come. Your donations will provide community leaders with an 8' x 4' boat which they'll use to evacuate during floods and rescue any trapped neighbors.
The Philippines is one of the world's most disaster prone countries. In an average year it's affected by more than 20 typhoons, and that number is rising because of climate change. The community of Banaba is no stranger to the devastating effects of floods. They've already had to relocate their community center as it was simply too close to a large river. In Banaba, floods are a fact of life, and families can't afford to wait for help when they strike. If they do, they'll lose their lives.
The funds you provide will be used to build a nimble 8' x 4' fiberglass rescue boat so that, during a flood, residents can evacuate themselves and pick up anyone else trapped by the water. Some families already have boats and these have saved lives in past floods. However many more boats are needed to ensure that lives aren't lost during floods.
The boat we build will allow one family in Banaba to help itself during floods for years to come. They won't be left helplessly waiting for help - they'll be able to help themselves and save the lives of others too.
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