Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster

by International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)
You can keep them safe this Christmas
You can keep them safe this Christmas

Ryan and David are brothers. They live in a shack by the rivers and when floods come they need to evacuate. But their nearest evacuation centre is miles from their home. That means that in the past they’ve had to walk for over an hour in the pouring rain to reach safety.

Their parents would love to live somewhere safer, but they can’t afford to move. So they cling on living by the river.

Before the disaster preparation efforts that you’ve helped fund, the family lived in fear of the rain. They never knew which rain storm would lead to a flood, when they should evacuate, and if anyone would be there to help in the event that they were trapped in their home.

Now, thanks to the funding you’ve provided, David and Ryan’s family takes part in community based disaster preparation. That means that, during rain storms, they receive text updates on the river level which let them know when they need to evacuate, they participate in disaster preparedness training, and, after the flood, they know how to stay safe and healthy.

Your generosity means that David and Ryan’s parents know how to keep them safe during floods, but there are hundreds of other families in their area who face the same risks but haven’t yet received disaster preparedness training. We hope that, this Christmas, you’ll help us change that.

When you set up a monthly recurring donation between today and the New Year GlobalGiving will match your gift, and we’ll be able to help families like David and Ryan’s prepare to survive the multiple floods that affect them every year.

We hope you’ll consider setting up whatever monthly donation you can afford to support families like David and Ryan’s.

Set up your monthly gift here 

Not ready to commit to a monthly donation? No problem. Whatever its size, your one-off gift will help vulnerable families learn to survive floods.

Thanks so very much - and, if you’re celebrating this year, we wish you a very Merry Christmas! 

A very happy Thanksgiving to you!
A very happy Thanksgiving to you!

When floods struck Banaba in August 2013, Argee and family were among hundreds who found themselves sheltering for days in an evacuation centre. Their home was damaged, and they lost many of their possessions.

But, thanks to you, we were there to help. Argee and his family evacuated safely thanks to the warning systems you helped fund.  They also had hot meals in the evacuation centre, and received emergency relief once waters receded.  If it hadn’t been for you, they wouldn’t have received the support they needed to survive and recover.

As families around the US gather to give thanks, we wanted to let you know that Argee and hundreds of others like him are thankful for you this year.

We wish you a very happy Thanksgiving from Banaba and our staff at IDV!

That means
That means 'Thank You' in Filipino!

Thanks so much to everyone who took advantage of GlobalGiving’s most recent matching day. Your gifts on October 18th were a third more valuable– and that has made all the difference for families like Sherwin’s.

If you’re like us, you’re starting to think about the holiday season. The holidays are a time of joy – but for many of us they’re also incredibly busy! Before the end of year rush starts, we wanted to pause for a moment and thank you for everything you’ve given over the last year.

Because of you, when disaster struck in August 2013, Banaba was ready. Thanks to your investments in preparedness, families like Sherwin’s knew that flooding was on the way and were able to evacuate before the waters rose.

Without your investments in disaster preparedness, Sherwin’s story could have been very different. Other floods have seen families trapped on roof tops waiting for the water to recede, or worse.

Sherwin’s was among hundreds of families who have weathered 2013’s floods with a minimum of disruption because of your gifts. There have been so many times over the past year that you could have chosen to spend your hard earned money on something other than supporting Sherwin, but you made the incredibly generous choice to give. Thanks so much!

As always, if you ever have any questions about how your donation is changing lives, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing We’d love to hear from you!

Thanks again for your generosity, and our very warmest regards!

Your donations keep them safe!
Your donations keep them safe!

In August, an enhanced monsoon caused the first evacuation of the 2013 rainy season in Banana. Because of your generosity, we were prepared for those floods, and not a single life was lost. Thanks so much!

While we’re happy to report that our risk reduction measures performed well in August, it’s not time to rest on our laurels. The rainy season lasts until November, and floods are not uncommon into December. This means that we need to continue to invest in preventative measures like water safety training, communications systems, and rescue equipment so we’re ready for the next flood.

One immediate need is more phone credit. Here in the Philippines, most people use a prepaid phone system where they load credit on their phones, and each text or call deducts from that credit. During floods, phone credit allows community leaders to update rescue teams and lets rescue teams send out urgent messages. Phone credit is the key to ensuring that the most vulnerable receive life-saving flood updates.

To ensure that every member of the community has access to life-saving information about when they need to evacuate, we need to buy phone credit.

Happily, GlobalGiving is here to make the credit you fund go further. Tomorrow, GlobalGiving will match any gift you make by 30%.

That means that tomorrow, when you give $10, we’ll be able to fund the sending of 576 instead of 443 messages.

We hope that you’ll take advantage of GlobalGiving’s generosity by giving $10 tomorrow, and please share this great opportunity with friends and family.

Thanks so much for all you’ve given, and very kind regards!

The following is an e-postcard from Zamil Akhtar, a GlobalGiving Representative in the Philippines:

Banaba is as scenic as it gets – hills and trees and rivers aplenty. But when the rivers overflow, this beautiful place turns into a disaster zone. International Disaster Volunteers has been helping in a variety of ways, including the construction of an evacuation building. Walls are being built as well to help contain rising water levels. IDV brings in the expertise, and the passionate community goes to work protecting their homes and livelihoods. Disaster preparedness brings the people together and gives them hope that they can control their lives against the forces of nature. 


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International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)

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

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