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Build Rescue Boats in Flood Prone Communities

by International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)
Build Rescue Boats in Flood Prone Communities
Build Rescue Boats in Flood Prone Communities
Build Rescue Boats in Flood Prone Communities
Build Rescue Boats in Flood Prone Communities
Build Rescue Boats in Flood Prone Communities
Build Rescue Boats in Flood Prone Communities
Build Rescue Boats in Flood Prone Communities
Build Rescue Boats in Flood Prone Communities
Build Rescue Boats in Flood Prone Communities
Build Rescue Boats in Flood Prone Communities
Build Rescue Boats in Flood Prone Communities
Build Rescue Boats in Flood Prone Communities
Build Rescue Boats in Flood Prone Communities
Build Rescue Boats in Flood Prone Communities
Build Rescue Boats in Flood Prone Communities
Build Rescue Boats in Flood Prone Communities
Build Rescue Boats in Flood Prone Communities
Build Rescue Boats in Flood Prone Communities
Build Rescue Boats in Flood Prone Communities
Build Rescue Boats in Flood Prone Communities
Build Rescue Boats in Flood Prone Communities
Build Rescue Boats in Flood Prone Communities
Build Rescue Boats in Flood Prone Communities
Build Rescue Boats in Flood Prone Communities
Build Rescue Boats in Flood Prone Communities
Build Rescue Boats in Flood Prone Communities
The GlobalGiving is restored
The GlobalGiving is restored

Thanks to your incredible support the boatyard in Banaba has been a hive of activity over the last few months.

Firstly, the new flood rescue boat we described in our last project report was completed in August. This new boat, The Chris Taylor, is now in place in Zone 6 of Brgy Ampid 1 in Banaba. This area is often seriously affected by major storms, so this new boat will play a vital role in protecting the community’s 300 vulnerable families in future.

The Chris Taylor is the eleventh rescue boat you’ve provided and its ten predecessors have rescued many hundreds of people over the years, often including young children. However, their years of service had left them in need of a little TLC. So, over the last few months we've worked with our local partner, Buklod Tao, to restore and refresh the fleet.

Work started on the four small boats originally built back in 2013, including our very first boat which protects fifty families in the Visayas Avenue area of Banaba. Attention then turned to four of the large boats provided between 2014 and 2017.

At one point these four large boats; The Grahame Maher, The GlobalGiving, The Helen Thompson and The Nova Mills; were all dry-docked at the boatyard. With the rains growing heavier by the day restoration work had to happen quickly, and we’re happy to report that the boats have all since been returned to their communities. 

When the Nova Mills was returned to the Armpac area of Banaba we asked local resident, Joseph, how this boat helped his community:

"The Nova Mills boat is a big, big help to the 400 families here, especially when the ferocious southwest monsoon (Habagat) struck last year (2018). We were able to use The Nova Mills boat to rescue residents of the community when the flood waters reached chest high. We are very grateful. Special thanks to IDV's donors for providing this help".

Sonia, resident of North Libis had this to say on the return of The GlobalGiving boat:

“The boat is very important for our rescue use. When heavy flooding is here, the boat is an instrument for us to evacuate those trapped amongst our 300 families. Thank you!”

Ben, from the Banaba Extension area, was also very grateful for the return of The Helen Thompson:

Salamat Po! (Thank you!) The Helen Thompson rescue boat will surely be a big help to us in times of disastrous flooding. We are 500 families here with many elderly people and children who cannot move fast.”

It’s been amazing to revisit all these flood prone communities and to ensure that the boats you’ve provided will continue to protect them in the future like they have so often in the past.

But we’re not done yet. With these boats returned Buklod Tao asked if we could help to restore and repaint six more small boats originally built before our partnership began. We happily agreed and there are currently three of these boats at the boatyard, and the final three will be retrieved soon.

These restoration works have also been a great time to take stock of this projects impacts and we’re delighted to report that between the seventeen boats in the overall fleet over 5,400 families are being protected. This is an incredible achievement and its only been possible because of your amazing generosity.

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

The Grahame Maher is refreshed
The Grahame Maher is refreshed
The Helen Thompson returned to Banaba Extension
The Helen Thompson returned to Banaba Extension
The Nova Mills returned to Armpac
The Nova Mills returned to Armpac
The boat hull leaving the workshop
The boat hull leaving the workshop

Thanks to your fantastic generosity our next flood rescue boat is now nearing completion!

Our boats have rescued hundreds of families over the years and we’re delighted to now be building our eleventh rescue boat in total.

As we described in our last project report this latest boat will be provided to the vulnerable river community in Zone 6 of Barangay Ampid 1, just outside Manila. This area floods regularly, and has been seriously affected by major storms in the past, so this new boat will play a vital role in keeping families safe when the next disaster inevitably strikes.

Our amazing local partner, Buklod Tao, have been sending a steady stream of photos over the last few weeks and it’s been amazing to watch the boat and its accompanying trailer take shape. We’ve included several photos with this report so you can see the process too!

As usual, the new boat is constructed from fibre-glass, which is built-up in layers using a mould. Once the main hull is built there’s still a lot to do to add bracing, seats and paddles - all of which are also made out of fibre-glass.

With much of the work done the boat was recently moved from its workshop, and will soon be ready for its paint job and stickers. As with our last few boats, we’re honoured to be dedicating this latest boat to the memory of someone close to IDV.

We don’t want to spoil the surprise however, so we won’t be announcing the name of this new boat just yet. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on progress right here on Global Giving, so please stay tuned for updates.

In the interim a huge thank you once again for helping to build rescue boats in flood prone communities.

If you have any questions meanwhile please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

The first fibreglass layers laid in the mould
The first fibreglass layers laid in the mould
The hull removed from the mould
The hull removed from the mould
Floor bracing being added
Floor bracing being added
The floor is laid on top of the braces
The floor is laid on top of the braces
The boat will come with a trailer
The boat will come with a trailer
We
We'll soon be providing a new boat like this one

Thanks to your amazing support we’ve now provided a total of ten flood rescue boats as a result of this GlobalGiving project.

Over the years these boats have rescued literally hundreds of families trapped by rising flood water. However, those families also need somewhere to evacuate to ride out the floods.

Sadly, for some families, there isn’t an evacuation centre nearby. So, for much of the last few months we’ve been making further improvements to the Banaba Livelihood and Evacuation Centre.

Having built and equipped nineteen family cubicles in the building last year we recently started work on another twenty-four. In total this will allow forty-three families to use the building during disasters.

We’ve also installed more ceiling fans to keep everyone cool, and provided a small solar system that can power a water purifier, phones and emergency lighting if mains power is cut off during a storm. To make sure families can stay clean we’ve also undertaken some bathroom maintenance.

When complete this work will make the centre fully operational, and so we’re now turning our attention back to rescue boats once again. And, thanks to your incredible generosity we now have enough to fund another big rescue boat!

We asked Ka Noli, the founder of our local partner organisation, Buklod Tao, which community most needed this next boat and he had this to say:

“Salamat Po (Thank you) for this wonderful news of another boat!

This should go to the congested river community in Zone 685 of Barangay Ampid 1. They have one small boat that was utilized during typhoons, especially last year with Typhoon Narding but it does not suffice because of the boat's limited capacity.

The place was also heavily inundated by Tropical Storm Ketchana (or Ondoy) in 2009 and many houses were damaged just like in Banaba.

The next nearest boat is about 1.5 kilometers from Zone 685, same barangay. This is the Chris Chaggar boat that was handed over last year to San Jose de Ampid Parish and is needed to protect the families there.

So, we wish to augment the flood rescue capacity of Zone 685 with a large boat of its own”

We echo Ka Noli’s thanks to you for making this possible, and work on the new boat will start very soon. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on progress right here on GlobalGiving.

If you have any questions meanwhile please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

Installing an exhaust vent for a bathroom
Installing an exhaust vent for a bathroom
We
We've also provided a solar system
The cubicles will be equipped with bedding
The cubicles will be equipped with bedding
Our latest rescue boat - The Bukluran
Our latest rescue boat - The Bukluran

Thanks to your incredible generosity we recently provided our tenth flood rescue boat!

Because of your support this latest boat is now protecting vulnerable families living in the “Extension” area of Banaba, just outside Manila.

As we explained in a project report in 2015 these families are incredibly vulnerable for a number of reasons.

Firstly they’re nearly fully encircled by the Nangka river, and its banks are naturally steep and lined with concrete. This means the river is basically a very narrow and deep canal in places. In dry season you can stand on the Nangka’s edge and look almost vertically down onto the water twenty feet below.

When it rains the Nangka’s waters rise quickly, and have nowhere to go but up and into Banaba Extension itself.

This is dangerous in itself but the families who live there are poor, informal settlers. Many of the area's 2,500 residents arrived looking for work, and can’t afford to live anywhere else.

There are some concrete houses but many others are made of lightweight materials, like plywood, that are easily washed away during floods.

It was for these reasons that we previously provided the community with the “Helen Thompson” rescue boat back in 2015.

Since then the Helen Thompson has rescued hundreds of people during typhoons and floods. For example, in August last year the Helen Thompson was used to evacuate 40 families trapped during Tropical Storm Karding.

However, as the photos from the Helen Thompson’s delivery show much of Banaba Extension is made up of a maze of narrow alleyways. This can make it hard for the large Helen Thompson boat to quickly reach everyone who needs help during floods.

So, our latest boat is a smaller 7ft x 4ft design that can more easily navigate the narrow passageways.

The new boat is called “The Bukluran”, which means “Bonding Together”, and during future floods will work alongside the “Helen Thompson” to ensure everyone can be reached quickly and safely.

Thanks so much for making all this possible.

More boats are always needed, so if you are able to help further then we’d be incredibly grateful 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.

The Bukluran joins the larger Helen Thompson boat
The Bukluran joins the larger Helen Thompson boat
The community has many narrow alleyways
The community has many narrow alleyways
The smaller Bukluran can navigate the alleyways
The smaller Bukluran can navigate the alleyways
The Chris Chaggar is now in position
The Chris Chaggar is now in position

Over the last few months the impact of your amazing generosity has been plain to see in the community of Banaba, just outside Manila.

In mid-August thousands of people were forced to flee their homes when the seasonal monsoon, enhanced by Tropical Storm Karding, brought torrential rains to the capital.

At the time Ka Noli, president of our brilliant local partner Buklod Tao, sent this report about the situation in Banaba:

“On 11 August 2018, noon time strong rain started; 3:00 pm, flooding started. Water level at the two rivers at the height of the rescue efforts: 21.00 metres [68.9 feet] at Batasan bridge and 20.00 M at Nangka bridge.

Families affected by floods:

  • North Libis: 850 families
  • South Libis: 700 families
  • Banaba Extension Ph 2: 1,200 families
  • Baybay Sapa: 20 families
  • Laylayan: 54 families
  • Belong Compound: 400 families
  • Armpac: 700 families
  • Balante: 40 families
  • Riverside: 300 families”

In many cases the flood waters rose quickly, trapping families before they could evacuate. Lives could easily have been lost but, thanks to your incredible donations to this project, our fleet of community-based rescue boats was on hand to help. Ka Noli continued his update:

“Buklod Tao Disaster Response Teams started to make the rounds in the community, utilising the rescue boats named for Graham Maher, GlobalGiving, Helen Thompson and Nova Mills.

Luis Mandarico, [Team leader] in North Libis utilised the GlobalGiving to assist 100 families. The Helen Thompson assisted 100 individuals from forty families. The Nova Mills boat also evacuated fifty people.

The community is so grateful to the donors for these boats! Mabuhay!”

We echo Ka Noli’s thanks and are delighted to see your investments in Disaster Risk Reduction yield such social return. Thanks so much.

However, Buklod Tao’s original big rescue boat was damaged during the storm. Ka Noli, asked if we could help with the repair work and we happily agreed.

And, although we were keen to get the boat back into use ASAP, we took a little time to repaint and rename the boat while we had the chance. So, we’re delighted to report that IDV’s ninth rescue boat was recently named the Chris Chaggar. Chris was my mum and sadly passed in late 2009, when IDV was just starting. I think she would be happy to know that her boat is now back in position protecting the Ampid area of Banaba.

Thanks so much for making all this possible.

We’re now raising funds to build our tenth boat, so if you are able to help further then we’d be incredibly grateful 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.

The Nova Mills in action in mid August
The Nova Mills in action in mid August
The Chris Chaggar is our ninth flood rescue boat
The Chris Chaggar is our ninth flood rescue boat
Thanks for making all this possible
Thanks for making all this possible
 

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International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)

Location: Bristol, Somerset - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Andy Chaggar
Bristol, Somerset United Kingdom
$17,050 raised of $19,500 goal
 
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