Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster

by International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)
Thanks for helping Antonio and his grandchildren
Thanks for helping Antonio and his grandchildren

On September 19, 2014, Tropical Storm Fung-Wong (known locally as Mario) struck the Philippine island of Luzon. Heavy rain caused flooding in many areas, including across Metro Manila, and almost 130,000 people were forced from their homes.  

In Barangay Banaba, just outside of Manila, around 1,500 people were evacuated as nearby rivers burst their banks.

Evacuation is always a hard thing to endure.  It’s scary and cold.  People worry about their family and friends, and evacuees often have to leave their homes with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

But, thanks to your generosity, we were able to work with our local partner, Buklod Tao, to activate their “community kitchen”.  Cauldron’s of hot food were soon being prepared and these were sent to evacuation centers all around Banaba.  

Thanks to you, this “mobile” kitchen served hot, healthy meals to over 1,000 evacuees during tropical storm Mario.  These meals helped keep people healthy and provided comfort during difficult times.

Some of those who received hot meals were 74 year old Antonio and his grandchildren.  Antonio had this to say about the help he received:

“This community kitchen and food distribution is awesome; a big help to us who were given a bowl of sotanghon (noodles with cabbage) because we really lack means in food provision. I am very thankful and happy too because there are people like you who extend cooked food assistance to us."  

Without your donations, we wouldn’t have been there to make sure families like Antonio’s had a hot meal in their time of need. So, thank you so much!

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

Their sign says it all!
Their sign says it all!
Your donations providing hot meals during Glenda
Your donations providing hot meals during Glenda

On July 16th, typhoon Glenda slammed into Manila bringing hurricane force winds and rain. The community of Banaba is used to flooding, but Glenda’s strong winds made it particularly dangerous.

Thanks to you, the community leaders of Buklod Tao were ready and, as soon as it became apparent that Glenda would strike Banaba, they sprang into action.

We asked community leader Noli to tell us about his experiences of typhoon Glenda and the work your donations made possible. Here’s what he had to say:

In the evening of 15th July, during the calm before the storm [we] purchase needed food items so that we would be able to prepare food for the people who would probably need to evacuated. We also made sure that our community leaders had credit on their phones, so we could stay in touch during the storm...Monitoring of the river and the wind ensued all throughout the night and we relayed early warning to neighbors - especially regarding the perils of big trees being uprooted and might fall to walls and houses, and about the level of the river. Boats were readied, the vessels already prepositioned all year round in the peripheral communities prone to flooding.

In the morning of 16 July, the communities were whipped by the strong winds of Glenda coupled with strong rain. But the winds were more devastating than the rain. The rivers did not swell. Roofing materials and plywood or tarpaulin sheets  were blown away. People evacuated to four centers and our community rescue teams helped people reach safety.

We transported kids and mothers from sition Libis Riverside to safe evacuation centres. At midmorning we prepared two cauldrons of hot porridge and fed more than 100 people who had been forced from their homes.

As the storm calmed, we worked with the neighborhood President, Romy, to undertake a rapid damage assessment in the community. We found that 71 informal settler families had badly damaged homes and were in terrible need. We used our emergency fund to buy much needed repair and replacement of roof materials, plywood wall and construction nails.

No casualty was reported.

In times like typhoon Glenda, we remember our motto“In times of affliction, God and Preparedness are our protection”.

Thank you for making it possible for us to prepare!”

Without your donations, Buklod Tao wouldn’t have been there to ensure families reached safety, to provide supplies to make emergency repairs and to make sure families forced from their homes had a hot meal in their time of need. Thanks so much!

This almost certainly won’t be the last severe weather that Buklod Tao will have to cope with – and that’s why we hope you’ll give what you can today.

Thanks so much, and we wish you all the best.

Families who were fed thanks to you!
Families who were fed thanks to you!
You're giving her the skills to save lives

In Banaba, it’s not a question of if there will be another flood - only when. That’s why your gifts to help the community prepare for disaster are so essential.

Like all of our rescue team members, Maria is devoted to helping her community. But, if the worst comes to the worst and Maria needs to evacuate someone who has been injured, Maria needs to know what to do.

That’s why we recently helped community leaders learn about first aid.

Over an intensive two day course led by army personnel, rescue team members like Maria learned CPR, how to safety move someone who may have a spinal cord injury, how to splint a broken bone, how to navigate through smoke – as floods often trigger fires – and much more.

Your donations funded this training – thanks so much!

While the recent training was fantastic, there’s still much to do. Not all of our teams have received first aid training, and some of them still need new equipment – like first aid kits and life vests .

Happily, GlobalGiving is joining the fight to help Banaba prepare for disaster.

One July 16th, GlobalGiving will match your gift by 50%. This means that if you give $50, GlobalGiving will top up your donation to $75, and we’ll be able to keep investing in Banaba’s ability to resist and recover from disasters.

That makes July 16th a very exciting day to give!

If you ever have any questions about how we’re using your gifts, please don’t hesitate to email I would be delighted to hear from you!

Learning to move an injured person
Learning to move an injured person
The basics of CPR
The basics of CPR
Thanks so much for supporting Banaba
Thanks so much for supporting Banaba's women!

First and foremost – thanks so much to everyone who gave on GlobalGiving’s most recent matching day! Your gifts on February 12th went 30% further than usual to ensure that families like Malene’s will weather floods unharmed.

The work you fund isn’t just about stockpiling food and emergency supplies – it’s also about investing in sustainable livelihoods. These livelihoods allow families to escape poverty and build their own resiliency.

In the Philippines, it’s often the women who shoulder the bulk of the family’s budgeting, so we were delighted to mark International Women’s Day with a workshop for local women around growing and selling organic vegetables.

These skills help women generate income and healthy food for their families – and that in turn helps local women build secure, resilient communities. This workshop is not a one off. Over the next six weeks workshops on sewing and making slippers will also take place.

All of these workshops have been funded by your generosity – thanks so much for investing women’s abilities to support their families! We can’t wait to update you on future workshops.

If you ever have any questions about how we’re using your donation, please don’t hesitate to email me directly at I would be delighted to answer any questions you might have.

Thanks again, and we wish you all the best!

Rescue team leaders like them are being trained
Rescue team leaders like them are being trained

It’s the dry season in Banaba and that means that preparations for the rainy season and its inevitable floods are underway!

Rescue boats are being repaired, food is being stockpiled, communities are learning about evacuation plans, and assessments of expanded communities are underway. All of this work is important but the most essential work is around training community based rescue teams.

Your gifts recently funded a meeting of all rescue teams where team members took part in evacuation simulations, first aid courses, and talked about flood rescue safety. These trainings are essential to ensuring that when floods come, families like Erica Mae’s are protected.

Before the rains return, we hope to carry out more trainings and stockpile the supplies families will need during floods.

This Valentines day, we’re hoping that you’ll help us finish these preparations before the rains come by giving on February 12th. Why February 12th and not 14th? Because on February 12th, GlobalGiving will match your donation by 30%!

That means that if you give just $10, GlobalGiving will add $3 to your gift and we’ll be able to stockpile food hot meals for 26 survivors. Please give what you can on the 12th.

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

Community leaders making products for sale
Community leaders making products for sale

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International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)

Location: Bristol, Somerset - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Andy Chaggar
Bristol, Somerset United Kingdom