Help Families Recover from Typhoon Haiyan

by International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)
Help Families Recover from Typhoon Haiyan
Help Families Recover from Typhoon Haiyan
Help Families Recover from Typhoon Haiyan
Help Families Recover from Typhoon Haiyan
Help Families Recover from Typhoon Haiyan
Help Families Recover from Typhoon Haiyan
Help Families Recover from Typhoon Haiyan
Help Families Recover from Typhoon Haiyan
Help Families Recover from Typhoon Haiyan
Help Families Recover from Typhoon Haiyan
Help Families Recover from Typhoon Haiyan
Help Families Recover from Typhoon Haiyan
Help Families Recover from Typhoon Haiyan
Help Families Recover from Typhoon Haiyan
Help Families Recover from Typhoon Haiyan
Help Families Recover from Typhoon Haiyan
Help Families Recover from Typhoon Haiyan
Help Families Recover from Typhoon Haiyan
Hundreds of kids received a hot meal thanks to you
Hundreds of kids received a hot meal thanks to you

On July 16th, typhoon Glenda slammed into the Philippines bringing hurricane force winds and rain.

Less than a year after Haiyan devastated their lives, the residents of Tacloban were scared and many people living in coastal communities were evacuated as a precaution. In the end, Glenda passed safely north of Tacloban, but thousands of Haiyan survivors were still forced from their homes for the second time this year.

Thanks to your donations we were there to help make this second displacement that little bit easier for those affected.

Our mobile “soup kitchen” sprang into action to prepare a nutritious and warming hot meal for evacuees. Between the Anibong Elementary school and the Tacloban Astrodome our soup kitchen fed over 600 people forced from their homes by Glenda.

The meals we provided helped keep families healthy and full of hope that the world hadn’t forgotten them. Even before Glenda struck our soup kitchen had already provided thousands of meals - and this is all thanks to you!

While hot meals provide comfort and nutrition, evacuated families also worry about looking after each other in other ways when severe weather strikes.

Because of this we’ve also been organizing first aid workshops since July. These two day workshops start by teaching a step-by-step process on how to approach a medical emergency, bleeding control, amputations, lacerations, dog bites, impalement, sprains, broken bones, and CPR.

The second day begins with a review, then head/spinal injuries, how to move patients, burns, infections, dressing wounds, stroke, heart attack, heat stroke, and finishes with various medical questions the participants. The locations of these workshops vary, but they usually take place in the temporary “community-center” of the barangay (or village).

So far we’ve run 6 workshops, all of which have been enthusiastically received by hundreds of Tacloban’s residents. Thanks to your donations we’ll also be providing each barangay with a comprehensive first aid kit. You’ve given families affected by typhoon Haiyan the skills and materials they need to look after each other in the future.

As always, if you ever have any queries about how we’re using your donation, please don’t hesitate to email Emma@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

Families have learned skills to help each other
Families have learned skills to help each other
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You've helped Maricel and her family
You've helped Maricel and her family

Before Yolanda (Typhoon Haiyan), Maricel lived in a wooden house with her husband, Stephan, and her three kids – Princess, Shane and Angel. Maricel was a teacher at the San Agustin school and Stephan, worked as a farmer until he saved up enough to buy a motorbike and begin working as a driver. The family wasn’t rich, but they got by. Then Yolanda struck.

Maricel said “The entire roof raised up because of the wind. [My Son] was crying, crying, very scared of the very strong winds and rain.” The family’s house was destroyed, and they spent the storm huddled against a sturdy concrete wall.

Maricel and her kids were lucky to survive, but the storm’s aftermath has been difficult to bear. For five days after Haiyan, her community went hungry. They lived in a nearby school building for two months because they didn’t have any money to rebuild their home.

Today, thanks to your support, Maricel is getting her family back on track. You’ve funded more than 6,000 meals through our mobile soup kitchen. Those meals helped feed Maricel’s children. We also welcomed the family’s kids at our summer camp. That camp gave Maricel a much-needed break.

More importantly, our work rebuilding the San Agustin school will ensure that the devastating effects of the storm don’t leave Maricel’s children with a gap in their education.

We can’t thank you enough for giving to support Maricel. Your gifts truly are life-changing.

While Maricel’s future looks brighter, there are still too many other survivors who need help. Happily, in exactly one month GlobalGiving is making it 50% easier for you to extend a helping hand to survivors who lost everything.

When you give on July 16th, GlobalGiving will match your gift by 50%. In other words, when you donate $50, GlobalGiving will turn that donation into $75.

This makes July 16th a great day to give.

Thanks so much for all you’ve done to support Maricel and thousands like her. As always, if you have any queries about how we’re using your gift please don’t hesitate to email Emma@IDVolunters.org. I would be delighted to answer any questions you might have. 

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Building homes!
Building homes!

First of all, thanks so much to everyone who gave on February 12th! Your donations have inspired hope in the Philippines and allowed us to continue supporting survivors.

We’d also like to apologise for the long delay between our updates. Although Typhoon Haiyan struck over four months ago, communications are still very difficult. Our team doesn’t have power much of the time, and getting information out is a challenge. We’re actively seeking solutions so that we can update you more regularly, but until then we hope you’ll bear with us!

Happily, difficulty in getting information to you doesn’t mean the projects you’ve made possible aren’t thriving.

In our last update we told you that we’d begun clearing debris to make way for homes. Well, since that update we’re delighted to report that we’ve helped our Filipino partners, Gawad Kalinga (GK), build one of the first – possibly the very first – home constructed following Typhoon Haiyan’s devastating impacts.

We’re currently working with GK on how we can support shelter needs in Tacloban moving forward – stay tuned for updates!

We also updated you in February on our work providing school meals. Thanks to your gifts, we’ve now provided hundreds of meals to children who would otherwise have either not attended school or gone all day without food.

Happily, the local government and UN are now able to restart providing food in some schools. As their capacity grows, we’ll work with other NGO parnters to develop children’s outreach programmes including meals and support services. Once again – stay tuned!

As we provide meals, we’re also piloting a new community gardening initiative to help families become more food secure. Before the storm, many families grew their own vegetables, but Haiyan washed away or contaminated most of their soil and destroyed their seeds.

Working with yet another Filipino partner, we’ll bring in new soil and hold community gardening workshops. Families attending the workshops will learn more effective growing techniques, get advice on protecting gardens and learn how to use recycled material while gardening. At the end of each workshop, attendants will leave with the soil and seeds they need to restart their own gardens.

This is just a small sample of the work you’ve made possible in Tacloban – your gifts have also allowed us to support local livelihood initiatives, help with cleanup, work with local kids, and a great deal more.

Even better, because we always work in partnership with local groups, your donations are also allowing us to empower local leaders and build communities’ capacities to help themselves.

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to each and every one of you for supporting our work. Your gifts are changing lives.

If you ever have any question about how we’re using your donation, please don’t hesitate to email me at Emma@IDVolunteers.org. I would love to hear from you.

One last time, thanks so much and we wish you all the best!

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Working with Filipino partners feeding kids
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Kids line up for a hot meal
Kids line up for a hot meal

Thanks to your extraordinary generosity, our work in Tacloban continues to expand. We’re continuing to meet with our Filipino partners to plan the construction of homes, programmes to get people back to work, and psychosocial support for families. As we set up these long-term projects, we’re also working with our local partners to meet immediate needs.

Thanks to donations received right here on GlobalGiving, we’ve already been able to repair and re-open Tacloban’s only school for children with development disabilities like autism. We’re also now helping run a mobile soup kitchen. The soup kitchen moves from place to place daily, ensuring that families in the worst affected areas where aid isn’t always available can have a hot meal.

The soup kitchen is not part of our long-term plan – with your help we’ll invest in livelihoods programmes so that families can feed themselves. But right now, with aid still spotty and parents struggling to feed their children, our priority is making sure that the worst affected have a hot, nutritious meal and know that the world hasn’t forgotten them. With conditions still tough, a bowl of hot stew nourishes both body and soul.

As we feed the most vulnerable, we’re also laying the foundations for long-term reconstruction by clearing debris. Our first volunteer teams of both international and Filipino volunteers have begun clearing streets and the plots for homes. Debris clearance both clears the way for reconstruction and lifts spirits. Seeing a clear road where for months there has been a scene of destruction is invaluable.

We expect to begin our long-term programmes, like rebuilding homes and helping survivors get back to work, in the spring. Thanks to GlobalGiving’s recent $55,000 grant we’re closer than ever to getting these programmes off the ground!

But with work expected to cost hundreds of thousands, we still need donors like you to turn our plans into realities.

This Valentines day, we hope you’ll show Tacloban a little love by giving what you can tomorrow, February 12th. Why the 12th and not the 14th you ask? Because on the 12th, GlobalGiving will add 30% to your gift! That makes February 12th the perfect day to help us feed more than 300 survivors a day with our mobile soup kitchen.

Thanks so much for all you’ve given, and if you have any questions about our work please don’t hesitate to email Emma@IDVolunteers.org.

Clean up is the first step in reconstruction
Clean up is the first step in reconstruction
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Thanks for giving them something to celebrate
Thanks for giving them something to celebrate

We’d like to extend a warm thank you for your generosity! Together, you’ve given a fantastic $5,918 this holiday season.

Combined with GlobalGiving’s fantastic $50,000 grant, we now have the funding we need to scale up our operations. In the coming months, we’ll continue meeting survivors’ immediate needs while also launching new programmes building homes, investing in livelihoods, and getting children back to school.

We can’t wait to update you on all the life-changing work your gifts will make possible, so keep checking back!

As always, if you ever have any questions about how we’re using your donation, please don’t hesitate to email Emma@IDVolunteers.org. I would love to hear from you!

Thanks again, and very kind regards!

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Your gifts gave them something to smile about
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International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)

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