Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster

by International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)
Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster
Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster
Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster
Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster
Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster
Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster
Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster
Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster
Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster
Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster
Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster
Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster
Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster
Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster
Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster
Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster
Hot meals being provided during the August floods
Hot meals being provided during the August floods

It’s been a turbulent few months for the residents of Banaba, just outside Manila. Yet, with your amazing support, the community has rallied together and survived the recent storms.

In mid August thousands of people were forced to flee their homes when the seasonal monsoon, enhanced by Tropical Storm Karding, brought torrential rains to the capital.

In Banaba the rivers rose quickly and families sought shelter in nearby evacuation centers. The experience can be frightening and uncomfortable, especially for children and older residents, as there’s little or no time to collect belongings, or even emergency food, before evacuating.

Happily, thanks to your previous donations that helped us to stockpile supplies, we were able to work with our amazing partner Buklod Tao to provide hundreds of hot meals to the most vulnerable evacuees. This helped to keep them healthy and provided comfort during a difficult time.

After a few days the water receded. The streets near to the rivers were left coated with a thick layer of mud that needed cleaning. And sadly, many makeshift homes that the poorer residents live in were also damaged by the weather.

But again, thanks to your support, we were able to provide replacement roofing tin and other materials to help around fifteen of the poorest families. This isn’t a long-term solution to their vulnerable housing situation, but this support helped them put a roof back over their heads.

Then, just as things were settling down, typhoon Mangkhut began to threaten the island of Luzon, on which Manila is built. Mangkhut was the strongest typhoon to approach Luzon since 2010 so even those who lived on slightly higher ground feared the worst and evacuated.

Thanks to you the Banaba Livelihood & Evacuation Center is now partially equipped, and so nearby families sought shelter from the storm inside. The Center also acted as a community hub for preparing meals for those inside and for delivery for other centers nearby.

Although north Luzon was much more seriously affected by Mangkhut, Manila was thankfully spared the worst, and families were able to return home to their normal lives quickly afterwards.

Yet, two major storms in two months serves as a reminder as to how vulnerable Banaba, and the Philippines overall, is to severe weather. So, we remain incredibly grateful for your continued support as we prepare for the next storm to inevitably roll in from the Pacific Ocean.

We’ll be sure to keep you posted as our work in Banaba continues, and if you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

Houses were damaged by the monsoon weather
Houses were damaged by the monsoon weather
Roofing tin provided with your support
Roofing tin provided with your support
A Banaba family sheltering from typhoon Mangkhut
A Banaba family sheltering from typhoon Mangkhut
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Water flows at the new washing stations
Water flows at the new washing stations

Thanks to your incredible generosity work at the Banaba Livelihood & Evacuation Centre just outside Manila has made great progress in the last few months.

In our last report we explained how we were about to start equipping the building so that it could shelter evacuees during storms. Since then work has continued apace.

To start washing stations were built so that evacuated families will be able to stay clean and sanitary even when the building is full to capacity.

Curtain rails have also been installed on the first floor. These will allow private cubicles to quickly be set up during typhoons, and then taken down again when the danger has passed so that the space can be used effectively for livelihood projects.

In fact, this work even became a livelihood project itself. Your generous donations not only purchased bedding for the cubicles, but also curtain material which was then cut and sewn into the right design by local women who earned a vital income in the process.

Because the Philippines is so hot we were also concerned about comfort when families were using the building. So, ceiling fans have now also been installed to help them stay cool when the temperature outside rises.

We were even able to buy a new extractor fan for the kitchen. This is a bonus because lots of meals will need cooking when the building is in use as an evacuation centre.

So much has been done and all this was only possible because of your kind donations. Thank you so much for helping Filipino communities prepare for disaster.

Work still remains however, as so far we’ve only completed the cubicles on the first floor. So we’ll continue fundraising here on GlobalGiving so that we can also equip the two remaining floors as soon as possible.

We’ll be sure to keep you posted as our work at the Centre continues, and if you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

Materials being purchased to continue work
Materials being purchased to continue work
Curtain rails and ceiling fans have been installed
Curtain rails and ceiling fans have been installed
A cubicle completed with curtains and bedding
A cubicle completed with curtains and bedding
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Thanks for giving families like Emmanual's shelter
Thanks for giving families like Emmanual's shelter

Thanks to your amazing support we’re now about to start another round of improvement work at the Banaba Livelihood & Evacuation Centre just outside Manila.

In our last report we explained how we were turning our attention to installing cubicles and fans in the building, as well as providing mats, pillows and blankets so that 110 families like Emmanual’s (pictured) have somewhere safe to sleep during typhoons and floods.

Although the overall work will cost around £7,000 (approx $9,300) much of it can be tackled in stages, one floor of the building at a time. And, thanks to your incredible generosity we’re now delighted to report that we’ve raised enough to get this vital work started.

During fair weather the building is home to community development projects, and so the cubicles have to be assembled and disassembled easily before and after disasters strike.

To make this possible the cubicles will be formed by installing rails and curtains that can provide privacy during evacuations before being removed again to restore the large open sections needed for community projects and meetings.

We’ll also provide bedding which can be easily and quickly unpacked to give families somewhere comfortable to sleep. It can also get really humid in the Philippines, especially during the rainy season, and with almost forty families sleeping on each floor fans will also be installed to keep the air moving.

Finally, although the building already has several bathrooms these won’t be enough to cope with the numbers of people using the building during an evacuation. So, your kind donations will also be used to construct more washing stations so that evacuees can stay clean and healthy.

Unlike the other work, which needs to be repeated on every floor, the new washing stations only need to be installed once. And, thanks to you, we now have enough to build these washing stations and equip the building’s first floor with cubicles, bedding and fans.

Work will be started in the next week or two, and once this first stage is complete the building will be able to start housing families like Emmanual’s during disasters. However, we’ll continue fundraising here on GlobalGiving so that we can also equip the two remaining floors as soon as possible. Thanks so much for continuing to support this project.

We’ll be sure to keep you posted as our work at the Centre continues, and if you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

Emmanual's family will be one of those benefitting
Emmanual's family will be one of those benefitting
Emmanual's sister EJ
Emmanual's sister EJ
Emmanual's sister Angel
Emmanual's sister Angel
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Speaking from the stage you helped to build
Speaking from the stage you helped to build

Thanks to your incredible support the Banaba Livelihood & Evacuation Centre is currently a hive of community activity.

Our partners Buklod Tao, who manage the Centre on a day-to-day basis, recently marked their 24th year of community development and disaster risk reduction activities. And the Centre was the perfect place to hold their annual general assembly of members.

The assembly saw the election of this year’s Officers, and the stage you helped to construct last spring played an important role in the process by allowing candidates’ speeches to be clearly heard by all.

The building’s boat workshop, which your donations helped to fund in 2016, has also been put to great use recently. The Norwegian Mission Alliance - Philippines (NMAP) were so happy with their last order of five rescue boats that they recently ordered another two.

These new boats will help to protect flood prone communities nearby, and their manufacture also provides an income to residents in Banaba who are at risk of disaster. This “double benefit” wouldn’t have been possible without your initial investment in the boat workshop. Thanks so much for making all this work possible.

In our last project report we also described how we’d been able to provide Buklod Tao with a second hand vehicle. For this report we asked their founder, Ka Noli, to give some examples of how this was helping their work.

“We would be at a loss if we did not have the truck. For example, when there was a sudden change of venue for the community visit of some ten delegates from Africa, Asia, and United Kingdom of the “Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme” we had to quickly drive to Brgy. Maybunga, Pasig, Barangay Hall, where two community visits were wrapped up into one. Fortunately, the ever-ready and available truck was with us.

Also, thanks to the vehicle, we did not [have to] hire a jeepney to haul in three office tables that was offered to be handed over by the Ecowaste Coalition. Now, we have three additional office tables for free.

The truck also serves as transport of mothers, children and youth to the Centre to attend varied community initiatives, like education through interactive games, and to learn to draw and paint. Salamat Po for this help.”

We want to echo Ka Noli’s thanks, and with 2018 upon us we hope you’ll consider supporting even more work at the centre.

This year we’re turning our attention to installing cubicles in the building, as well as providing mats, pillows and blankets so that 110 families have somewhere safe to sleep during disasters.

We need to raise around £7,000 (approx $9,300) to buy these and other items, like more ceiling fans, and we’ve already started fundraising on GlobalGiving to cover the costs.

We’ll be sure to keep you posted as our work at the Centre continues, and if you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

Two new boats thanks to the workshop you funded
Two new boats thanks to the workshop you funded
Using the truck to haul furniture for the Centre
Using the truck to haul furniture for the Centre
Buklod Tao "would be at a loss" without the truck
Buklod Tao "would be at a loss" without the truck
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Handover of The Nova Mills rescue boat
Handover of The Nova Mills rescue boat

Thanks to your amazing generosity we’re continuing to help Filipino communities prepare for disaster.

In our last project report we described how your donations had supported another round of building improvements at the Banaba Livelihood and Evacuation Centre, including concreting, tiling and bathroom maintenance.

Since then we’ve continued fundraising to undertake more building work, which is still needed at the Centre. While those efforts are ongoing we’ve turned our attention to providing help in other ways.

For example, late last month we provided the community of Armpac with a brand new flood rescue boat. Moving forward The Nova Mills will protect 420 families from frequent flooding caused by typhoons and heavy rains.

This was the eighth rescue boat donors like you have provided to communities in and around Banaba since 2013. Over the years its sister vessels have rescued hundreds of families trapped by rapidly rising waters.

The boat workshop is on the top floor of the Centre, so your previous donations to help make the building watertight also played a role in making the production of this boat possible. We’re incredibly grateful for this, and the The Nova Mills has personal significance for me as well - so thank you so much!

Also, earlier this summer, we were able to provide even more practical support to families in Banaba.

At the beginning of 2017, and after three incredible years supporting typhoon recovery in the city of Tacloban, we decided the time had come to close down our operations there.

However, this presented the question of what to do with the small trusty trucks which had enabled us to haul volunteers and building materials around the city? Well the obvious answer was to send one north to Banaba where it could help protect Filipino families from disaster.

The process took a little longer than planned, partly because the vehicle registration office in Tacloban was struck by a flood. However, in June the truck arrived safely in Banaba, where it’s now being put to good use supporting community development and disaster risk reduction projects.

These projects are all based at the Livelihood and Evacuation Centre, which is slowly but surely becoming fully operational thanks to your incredible support. Thank you so much once again for donations. More work still remains to be done, but we’ll keep fundraising right here on GlobalGiving.

We’ll also be sure to keep you posted as our work in Banaba continues, and if you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

The Nova Mills is now protecting 420 families
The Nova Mills is now protecting 420 families
The truck leaving Tacloban
The truck leaving Tacloban
The truck arriving in Banaba
The truck arriving in Banaba
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Andy Chaggar
Bristol, Somerset United Kingdom
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