Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster

by International Disaster Volunteers (IDV) Vetted since 2009 Project of the Month Site Visit Verified


The Philippines is one of the world's most disaster prone countries. It is struck by more than 20 typhoons in an average year, and with the effects of climate change that number is expected to rise. By investing in communities before disaster strikes and helping them prepare, we can lessen disasters' impacts and ensure that communities can recover quickly and with less reliance on outside aid. After all, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

total goal
monthly donor


The disasters which strike the Philippines can have a devastating effect on the small community of Banaba, just outside Manila. The area is densely populated and many poor families live dangerously close to rivers which almost encircle the community. When typhoons and floods strike homes are quickly flooded, and families have to evacuate to safety. But the Banaba Evacuation Centre isn't yet equipped to host evacuees, leaving over a hundred families without a safe refuge.


While no one can control the weather, there is a great deal that can be done to prepare for disaster. The community of Banaba has come together to form a community group called Buklod Tao. The group has helped protect the community for years by building flood defences, rescue boats, and most recently also an evacuation centre. This project will help equip the evacuation centre so that vulnerable families can find safety during disasters.

Long-Term Impact

This project will invest in the community's long-term ability to prepare for, and respond to, disasters. In the short term donations to this project will get the centre ready for use by evacuees. Outside of disasters the building will be used for the construction of flood rescue boats, and other community development projects. So, families will be more prepared for floods when they do come, and also able to recover more quickly afterwards.


Learn more about our work in Banaba

Organization Information

International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)

Location: Bristol, Somerset - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @IDVMedia
Project Leader:
Andy Chaggar
Bristol, Somerset United Kingdom

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence


Woman Holding a Gift Card
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.