The boat crews have a new tool
Thanks so much for helping Filipino communities prepare for disaster.
In our last report we highlighted how your amazing generosity helping to complete the Banaba Livelihood and Evacuation Centre had proved so vital during typhoons Rolly and Ulysses and their aftermath. Banaba residents sheltered inside the building during the typhoons, and the Centre became a hub to support community recovery once the weather cleared. Over the last few months your donations have helped us deal with the remaining fall out from the typhoons, as well as some important lessons learned.
Firstly we’ve supported some essential maintenance of the Centre. Thanks to your brilliant donations we’ve been able to make some plumbing repairs to the heavily used bathrooms, and also install new solar powered lights. During Rolly and Ulysses our local partner Buklod Tao realised better lights were needed for the evacuees at night. Solar power is always the best option as this reduces reliance on external help and mains power during disasters. Thanks so much for helping to build this important local resilience!
Secondly, another lesson from Rolly and Ulysses came from the flood rescue boats which are built at the Centre. These boats saw heavy action during the typhoons, navigating narrow alleys and fighting heavy currents. Ka Noli, Buklod Tao’s President explained what they realised:
“It was observed that the paddles were used to push forward the boat by pressing the paddles against the walls of houses alongside the flooded street. Also, when the floodwaters were swift the paddles were sometimes no match to the current. There must be one more tool for the boat crews. We would like to provide "Tikin" poles to make the mobility of the boat more efficient by pushing.”
Because of your brilliant donations we’ve since been able to provide fourteen of these Tikin (or quant) poles - one for each of the volunteer boat crews that protect their local communities. Once again, thank you so much for making this vital adaption possible.
We’ll keep you posted as our work in Banaba continues, and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I’d be delighted to hear from you as always
The poles being manufactured
Some bathroom maintenance
One of the new solar lights