The community of Banaba is struck by flooding several times each year. Residents of this small community just outside Manila live in constant fear of heavy rains which cause rivers to quickly burst their banks. They've organised themselves and are ready to respond when the rains come. But without rescue boats to use during flooding, many lives could be lost.
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 very flood prone and when rivers burst their banks its residents are often trapped by the quickly rising water. Elderly residents and young children are the most vulnerable and their lives are often in danger during floods.
Your donations to this project will provide tough fibre-glass rescue boats. These boats are crewed by local residents, trained in first aid and swift water rescue. These crews jump into action during floods and help their neighbours who have become trapped. We've already provided twelve new rescue boats, and refurbished another six. Together these boats are protecting almost 5,500 families, but more boats are always needed and your donations will help us provide the next boat.
The boats you provide will allow Banaba's residents to help themselves during floods for years to come. By allowing trained boat crews to save lives your donations will protect families from the worst impacts of disaster, even as climate change causes more frequent flooding.