Build Rescue Boats in Flood Prone Communities

by International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)
Jun 25, 2013

Two new boats!

Abseiling to fund boats!
Abseiling to fund boats!

We are delighted to report that GlobalGiving isn’t the only place where the value of rescue boats is recognized. 

In early June, 18 brave fundraisers in the UK abseiled down a 170 foot cliff to raise money for vulnerable community members in Banaba and the results were simply spectacular. Their fundraising efforts have given us enough funding build two more small rescue boats! We’d like to thank all 18 hardy souls who spent their day dangling a long way off the ground so that, here in Banaba, no one would have to weather a flood without hope of rescue.

Each boat will help dozens of families like Servano’s. Servano is 12. He lives with his disabled sister and his grandmother in a one-room house made of tin and plywood and perched on a riverbank. Every year there are floods, and Servano's house has already been totally destroyed twice in his short life.

The physical loss isn't the most devastating part of living with floods - it's the constant fear.  Servano and his grandmother worry constantly about his disabled sister.

Knowing that there’s a rescue team with a boat that can come and get them should they be trapped by the floodwaters gives them peace of mind. And when the floods come, that boat just might save their lives.

We’re delighted that these two boats will keep dozens of families like Servano’s safe and we can’t wait to deliver these boats to the communities that need them. Stay tuned!

The first boat being built in its mould
The first boat being built in its mould
The first boat taking shape!
The first boat taking shape!
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Organization Information

International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)

Location: Bristol, Somerset - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​www.idvolunteers.org
Project Leader:
Andy Chaggar
Bristol, Somerset United Kingdom