John is 6 years old. He lives with his parents, two sisters and younger brother in the Armpac area of Banaba, just outside Manila. Their house is dangerously close to a riverbank. Every year there are floods, and John's house has been inundated several times in his life. During floods John and his family have to spend days sleeping on the floor of an evacuation centre, and are often forced to go hungry. With your help, we'll be there to provide hot meals.
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 floodplain surrounded by rivers. It floods multiple times every year, and those floods force thousands, including John and his family, to evacuate.
Your donations 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, including John and his family, 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.