65 year old Fey benefits from this project
Thanks to your incredible generosity we’re once again working to improve the Banaba Livelihood and Evacuation Centre, just outside of Manila.
In our January project report we explained how the centre was originally built by another NGO but that funding ran out before overall work could be completed.
Since then we’ve been helping to gradually develop and improve the centre to increase its usefulness to the community. Our previous work has doubled the amount of usable space in the building. But we’ve been conscious of how much work remains to be done.
For example much of the third floor is still very much exposed to the elements and this severely limits how many evacuated families can use the centre during typhoons. To fix this issue we’re aiming to purchase and install another twenty large windows in the building.
But buying and fixing the remaining windows is only part of the challenge.
The centre is a three storey building and this makes maintaining the outside of the windows on the upper floors both daunting and dangerous!
As a result the windows already in place had become very dirty over the last six months. Rust patches had also begun to form on some frames which had been installed, but not painted, during the original construction process.
So, rather than just push on with the remaining glazing tasks we decided it was better to first take steps to protect the existing windows, and also to make caring for the later ones easier.
To do this we’ve worked with our partner, Buklod Tao, to build and install a gondola on the outside of the building. This gondola is suspended from the centre’s strong steel roof frame and forms a safe, enclosed platform from which essential maintenance work can be carried out.
As a result work is now already well underway to remove the rust from the existing window frames, and to protect them further through a coat of paint. As a result we can now turn our attention back to the missing windows and making the centre completely watertight from top to bottom!
Of course, we still need more funds to buy and install the missing windows, but this July 15 GlobalGiving will be making this easier by matching donations to this project by an incredible 50%.
Matching will start at 9am Eastern Time (or 1pm in the UK) and donations up to $1,000 (or £600 in the UK) will be matched per donor while funds remain. So, please consider making a gift on July 15, and please also spread the word about this incredible opportunity.
As always, if you ever have any queries about how we’re using your donation, please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.
The gondola in use during window maintenance
It's a great day to help evacuess like Fey and Lee