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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 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
Rescued, but what next?
Rescued, but what next?

Thanks to your incredible support we’ve directly provided eight rescue boats since we launched this project on GlobalGiving. Your generosity has also helped to build a workshop that’s enabled many more boats to be built for other flood prone communities.

These boats have rescued hundreds of families over the years, but those families then need somewhere to shelter until the water recedes. So, once a boat has rescued people the next stop is their nearest evacuation centre.

However, not all residents have such a centre close to hand. That’s why for the last few months we’ve focused most of our effort in Manila on equipping the Banaba Livelihood and Evacuation Centre.

This Centre, which also holds the boat workshop you provided, was originally built by another NGO that ran out of funds during construction. We stepped in to help and after completing main construction we recently turned our attention to installing cubicles and fans in the building, as well as providing mats, pillows and blankets so that families have somewhere safe to sleep until they can return home.

During fair weather the building is home to community development projects, and so the cubicles have to be assembled and disassembled easily before and after disasters strike.

To enable this the cubicles have been formed by installing rails and curtains that can provide privacy during evacuations, before being removed again to restore the large open sections needed for community projects - like building more boats!

We’ve also provided bedding which can be quickly unpacked to give families somewhere comfortable to sleep. It also gets really humid in the Philippines during the rainy season, and with over forty families sleeping in the building fans have also been installed to keep the air moving.

Finally, although the Centre already had several bathrooms these won’t be enough to cope with the numbers of people using the building during an evacuation. So, we’ve also constructed more washing stations so that rescued families can stay clean and healthy.

All this work has filled our time in Manila for the last few months but we’ve also kept fundraising here on GlobalGiving to build our next rescue boat as well. We’re still about $1,000 (around £760) short to build that next boat, so if you are able to help further then we’d be incredibly grateful as always.

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.

Installing curtain rails and fans
Installing curtain rails and fans
A cubicle completed with curtains and bedding
A cubicle completed with curtains and bedding
Water flows at the new washing stations
Water flows at the new washing stations
 

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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
$16,630 raised of $18,900 goal
 
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