Erica is 5 months old. She lives with her siblings and her dad in a house made from a few sheets of tin and plywood perched on a riverbank. Erica's mum has to work away so she is often not at home. Every year there are floods, and Erica's house has already been destroyed once in her short life. During floods Erica and her family have to spend days sleeping on the floor of an evacuation centre. With your help, we'll be there to provide hot meals and emergency supplies during those floods..
The Philippines is affected by around 20 typhoons every year, making it one of the world's most disaster-prone countries. The floods those typhoons bring are devastating for the thousands of families who live on the riverbanks in the poor community of Banaba. Banaba is on the outskirts of Manila in a flood plain surrounded by rivers. It floods multiple times every year, and those floods force thousands to evacuate.
The funds raised on this project will be used to provide hot meals, like rice porridge with chicken and vegetables, in evacuation centres during floods. Funds will also be used to provide other emergency supplies like drinking water and first aid. No one knows when the next flood is coming, so we're raising the money we need to provide hot meals for evacuees now.
Preparing to feed the most vulnerable is one of the many ways we're helping vulnerable Banaba residents resist and recover from floods. By providing nutritious, filling food during evacuation families won't have to use precious savings to pay for meals outside their home during floods. This will leave them with more funds available to recover when floods recede. It will also remind them that during disaster, there is someone there who cares.