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.
In 2011 the Philippines was affected by 33 disasters, making it the world's most disaster affected country. These disasters had a devastating effect on the small community of Banaba. They've already had to move their community head-quarters because their previous location was so vulnerable to flooding. They've faced floods more times than they care to remember, but they're not taking their plight lying down. They're fighting back by preparing for flooding and its aftermath.
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 focuses on educating the local community about what to do when a storm is coming, constructing and maintaining flood defenses, and working as first responders when floods come. But with floods getting worse year by year, they need more resources so that they can keep up their essential work.
This project will invest in Buklod Tao's ability to both prepare for disaster and respond following a disaster. We'll spend the funds you donate providing training, investing in much needed equipment, and maintaining flood defenses. This work will impact the lives of each and every resident in Banaba. They'll be less likely to be affected by flooding, more prepared for floods when they do come, and able to recover more quickly and with less outside aid.
Learn more about our work in Banaba