Photo Courtesy of IDV
For several years, regions across the Philippines have been susceptible to extreme and long-term rainfall. The country has experienced incessant typhoons that have led to severe flooding across the country. Each year, residents are forced to brace for damaging monsoons that alter their livelihood for years to come. The impact of flooding has ruined crop production, destroyed homes, and displaced over a million people.
Since the launch of the GlobalGiving Philippines Relief fund in 2011, locally driven organizations have worked diligently to alleviate the damage of massive flooding caused by seasonal storms. Today, our GlobalGiving partners, De La Salle University and International Disaster Volunteers continue to support local communities by providing disaster relief equipment, restoring and improving infrastructure, and facilitating emergency response and preparation training.
De La Salle University has maintained ongoing partnerships with various institutions that are collectively striving to rebuild areas in the Philippines. Their project, Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts, is making massive strides in recruiting volunteers through the ASEAN Youth Volunteer Programme (AYVP) and teaching participants the importance of emergency preparedness skills. To further these advancements, De La Salle University’s Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) partnered with seven barangays (a native Filipino term for a village or neighborhood), stakeholders, government agencies, and private institutions in Leveriza, District V, Manila to participate in the rehabilitation of nearby esteros, commonly known as waterways. With the restoration of esteros, they will provide flood protection, continuous water flow, and reduce the number of water pollutants.
In spite of the setbacks mentioned in our last report, International Disaster Volunteers (IDV), remains dedicated to their work on the Banaba Livelihood and Evacuation Center. In the last few months, IDV has been able to hire a local tradesman and purchase sand and cement, to continue building two sides of the evacuation center that were left unfinished and vulnerable to torrential rainstorms. In addition, they were able to install a new, high-quality pump to provide water for the center. IDV doesn’t plan on stopping once the building is complete. The project funds from Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster will also assist in buying beds and other resources for evacuees.
Your donations are making a huge impact on the work IDV and DLSU is doing in the Philippines. We are boundlessly thankful for your support and urge you to continue supporting the GlobalGiving Philippines Relief fund as these organizations strive to provide long-term solutions to Filipino communities.
Photo Courtesy of De La Salle University
Photo Courtsey of De La Salle University