8 month Noelle (in pink) was rescued by our boats
Thanks to your incredible generosity, our investments in rescue boats in the community of Banaba have paid dramatic dividends over the last two weeks.
Our boats, which are crewed by specially trained community members, don’t come cheap at first glance.
Small boats, which are perfect for entering narrow urban alleyways, cost almost $900. Large boats, that can carry up to twelve people, cost just shy of $4,000 to produce.
To some, this may seem a lot for a boat which sits waiting most of the year for a flood that might happen. But Banaba is so flood prone, we know it’s sadly not a case of if something will happen, but when.
This situation is only worsening with climate change, and this is why we’ve always been a big believer in the need to prepare in advance. And thanks to your belief in us, we’ve already been able to provide seven rescue boats over the years.
And on Saturday August 13 this belief was dramatically justified once again.
The monsoon season is now in full swing and torrential rains over the weekend caused extensive flooding across Manila’s low lying areas, Banaba included.
Residents, conscious of the danger began their evacuations to nearby schools, community centers, churches and other buildings strong and high enough to offer protection.
But floods can strike quickly, particularly when rivers suddenly burst their banks. And it’s not always possible for some people, particularly the very old or very young, to move quickly. In these cases, lives really are in danger as people become trapped by the rising water.
These is exactly when the rescue boats you’ve provided become so vital. Their crews monitor the river levels and deploy before the water reaches dangerous heights. This way they’re immediately on hand to reach those in danger.
And the Saturday before last was no different - several of our boats saw action during the floods, including the large GlobalGiving boat.
In total over 180 people were rescued as a direct result. These included one pregnant woman, and almost ninety children, one of whom was eight month old Noelle (pictured wearing pink in the first photo of this report).
Noelle is the youngest of four children and her parents, Maricel and Noel, struggle to move them all quickly during floods. But thanks to you, Noelle and her family were all rescued safely by our boats.
If these boats hadn’t been ready to spring into immediate action, then things could have ended up very differently for Noelle and her brothers and sisters. Their family could have been grieving now instead of putting their lives back together and cleaning up. And let's face it, there's no way to put a value on this.
From the bottom of our heart, thank you so much for making sure Noelle and over 180 more of Banaba’s residents were safe!
As the situation in Banaba settles down we'll talk more to Noelle's family, and others affected, and send more updates on what your support has meant to them.
In the interim, these events have only confirmed our belief in these rescue boats once again. So we’ll continue fundraising right here on GlobalGiving to provide even more boats in the future.
Thanks so much once again for all you’ve given! 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.
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Note that IDV is now also fundraising on GlobalGiving to increase its overall capacity to help disaster survivors.
Team leader Pina directs a small boat to action
The "GlobalGiving" boat rescued a pregnant lady
The "GlobalGiving" on stand-by before the flood