Andy is a survivor of the 2004 Tsunami. After his recovery he went back to Thailand to volunteer his engineering skills and help rebuild. In his own words: "I was amazed to see how much could be achieved when volunteers worked in partnership with survivors on meaningful projects. So I started IDV, a charity that has helped over 20,000 of my fellow survivors in Nepal, the Philippines and Haiti. I know I can help thousands more, but I need your help to build IDV's capacity and increase its impact"
Andy co-founded International Disaster Volunteers (IDV) in 2009. IDV's work is largely performed by volunteers, and has so far spent over 85% of its funding supporting disaster survivors overseas; by providing emergency relief, rebuilding classrooms, providing training and much more. This has left less than $24,000 a year, on average, for project support costs in the UK. So, IDV now wants to invest in its UK operations to increase the impact of its work helping disaster survivors overseas.
In the short-term donations to this project will be invested in IDV's UK operations. But these UK operations are the foundations on which all of the charity's overseas projects are built. So, in the longer-term, your donations will enable IDV to expand its vital work overseas. Your donations will also allow IDV to plan more strategically, which will further improve the effectiveness, quality and impact of IDV's overseas projects. Recurring donations are particularly valuable for the same reason.
By making an investment in IDV's UK capacity today, you'll ensure the charity can make the biggest possible difference to overseas disaster survivors in the future. Andy and IDV have a proven track record, with over five years of successful operations in three different countries. If IDV's own organisational capacity can be increased then this will also increase the sustainability and impact of the charity's vital work overseas.