Philippine Flood Relief Fund

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It’s been 8 months since the devastating floods that hit the Philippines in October 2015, and the community’s efforts to rebuild and move forward continue on. Typhoon Koppu, known locally as Typhoon Lando, left millions without electricity and forced nearly half a million people out of their homes. 1.08 meters of water drenched the region in only twenty four hours. But, the Filipino people are no strangers to floods.

The 2015 floods were not an isolated event, but rather an ongoing disaster the region constantly faces. Two of GlobalGiving’s partners, De La Salle University and International Disaster Volunteers(IDV), remain committed to providing relief and support for the local communities affected by flooding.

Since our last report, De La Salle University has joined with other local universities and schools from the ASEAN region to educate themselves on how to prevent future disasters. DLSU, with their partners, leads discussions on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management education and activities. These discussions focus on local and remote examples to help participants fully understand their project. Their project, Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts, is almost to their funding goal, having already reached the 80% mark for their goal.

International Disaster Volunteers has also made a lot of progress in their efforts in the last few months. Their project, Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster, had a setback in February when their funds ran out to complete the Banaba Livelihood and Evacuation Center outside Manila. But in April, IDV was fortunate to receive enough donations to complete the construction! As they report, “the evacuation center is now fully watertight at last! This is an amazing milestone for everyone involved, and one that we’re particularly delighted with.”

Even though IDV’s Evacuation Center may be watertight, and De La Salle University is making strides in preparing for future disasters, there is still work to be done. Typhoon Koppu is just one event in the ongoing problem in the Philippines. They can’t minimize the damage to the community or increase the responsiveness of their emergency services without your help! To give again to organizations like these, please check out GlobalGiving’s Philippine Flood Relief Fund.

Photo Courtesy of De La Salle University
Photo Courtesy of De La Salle University
Photo Courtesy of De La Salle University
Photo Courtesy of De La Salle University
Photo Courtesy of IDV
Photo Courtesy of IDV
Photo Courtesy of De La Salle University
Photo Courtesy of De La Salle University

In October 2015, the Philippines faced massive flooding, crop destruction, and displacement caused by the landfall of Typhoon Koppu, known locally as Typhoon Lando. In the week that Typhoon Koppu persisted, over 43 inches of rain fell and the Philippines witnessed 48 deaths. Those families dependent on farming returned to their homes to find entire fields flattened, and this was not the first typhoon of the year.

Since 2011, GlobalGiving’s Philippine Flood Relief Fund has provided support to those organizations impacted by the ongoing flooding caused by seasonal weather and storms. Today, De La Salle University and International Disaster Volunteers continue to support local communities by rebuilding infrastructure, providing relief items, and facilitating emergency responsiveness training. In the years since the Philippine Flood Relief Fund launched, these projects have worked to provide relief for a region that faces flooding each year.

De La Salle University jumped into action when Typhoon Koppu struck the Philippines by collecting donations and supplies for those displaced as a result of flooding. In preparation for future events like the 2015 typhoon, De La Salle University leads ongoing Disaster Risk Reduction and Management activities to better prepare for emergencies. Their project,  Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts,  is specifically designed to accommodate the community’s needs and existing infrastructure as well as help community members to both prepare for and respond to disasters.

Since our last report, International Disaster Volunteers (IDV) has continued its efforts to complete construction on the Banaba Livelihood and Evacuation Center through their project, Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster. The center will include a brick facade with a living skin of plants to protect from the rains, provide insulation, and contribute to environmental health. IDV still needs your help to be able to provide all of the windows and bricks for the building before the plants can be installed on the walls.

Typhoon Koppu proved that flooding is an ongoing problem in the Philippines. IDV and De La Salle University are putting their best foot forward in minimizing disasters and increasing responsiveness, but they can’t do it without your help. To give again to organizations like these, please had to GlobalGiving’s Philippine Flood Relief Fund.

Photo Courtesy of IDV
Photo Courtesy of IDV
Photo Courtesy of IDV
Photo Courtesy of IDV
Photo Courtesy of IDV
Photo Courtesy of IDV
Photo Courtesy of De La Salle University
Photo Courtesy of De La Salle University
Photo Courtesy of De La Salle University
Photo Courtesy of De La Salle University

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The new greenhouse helps to ensure food security!
The new greenhouse helps to ensure food security!

As the world's most disaster-affected country, the Philippines has been consistently subjected to calamity. Thanks to generous donors like you, our partner organizations have been able to alleviate the suffering of local communities by providing on the ground support.  Here is a glance at all of the great activities happening in the Philippines. International Disaster Volunteers (IDV) is committed to investing in communities before disaster strikes. They hope that by helping communities prepare, they will lessen the impact of these disasters and guarantee that communities can recover as quickly as possible, without total dependence on outside aid.

Recently, they have teamed up with their partner Buklod Tao to improve the Banaba Livelihood and Evacuation Center which is located just outside of Manila.  The center is intended to provide shelter for sixty evacuated families during typhoons. Thanks to donor support, IDV and Buklod Tao have been able to make substantial progress beginning renovations. The second floor of the center is watertight and secure while both the second and third floor are now equipped with functioning bathrooms.  Additionally, cooking facilities that are being used to provide more hot meals to evacuees and a rainwater harvesting system and pump have also been installed. This harvesting system can store over 650 gallons of sterilized water. All of  these efforts have doubled the amount of usable space in the center.  And, the center is home to a community development project that's focus is on  vegetable gardening for families. Not only does this provide better nutrition but also ensures food security. IDV has supported this initiative through the construction of a greenhouse at the center for seedlings.

As you can see, your donations have a direct impact on countless Filipinos. GlobalGiving and IDV are infinitely appreciative of your generosity and urge you to continue working with us in the quest to support the Philippines in a time of need. Thank you!

 

* All photos courtesy of IDV 

One affected community
One affected community
The second floor is now fully functioning!
The second floor is now fully functioning!
Photo courtesy of IDV
Photo courtesy of IDV

As we approach the end of this year, heavy rains continue to come down upon the Philippine Islands, causing flooding in many areas. Flooding, unfortunately, is not a matter of whether it will happen or not for some of these areas, but a matter of when. Your generous contributions are not only helping those affected in providing them with food, but opportunities for the communities to prepare for flooding disasters.

In an effort to streamline the relief assistance process, De La Salle University has been working to implement the delivery of relief items in bulk to their local development partners. They have encouraged their local NGO partners to create robust systems to distribute these items to beneficiaries so that these local partners can strengthen their own systems. All the while, through an intense monitoring process, De La Salle University continues to provide relief items to those most in need.

Tropical Storm Fung-Wong (known locally as Mario) struck the Philippine island of Luzon in September. The storm caused flooding that forced almost 130,000 people from their homes. Fortunately, International Disaster Volunteers (IDV) was able to provide hot meals for these evacuees. They worked with a local partner, Buklod Tao, to start a mobile community kitchen that prepared hot food to distribute to people, which served to really bring happiness to the communities.

A tremendous thank you for your donations to these projects that are continuously working to provide relief to the Philippines flood victims! Your contributions have provided relief items and meals to evacuees in times of need. As mentioned before, we know that floods can be an ongoing disaster in the Philippines, but your ongoing support can help people to overcome such disaster obstacles.

Photo courtesy of De La Salle University
Photo courtesy of De La Salle University
Photo courtesy of IDV
Photo courtesy of IDV
Photo courtesy of Asia America Initiative
Photo courtesy of Asia America Initiative

Hi GlobalGivers,

In the Philippines, communities may never know when disaster will strike again. On average, eight to nine typhoons hit the Philippines each year, causing massive amounts of flooding and damage. Individuals must constantly recover from tragedy and are in need of more and more relief efforts. Luckily, there are passionate organizations more than willing to help. Thanks to your donations, GlobalGiving has been able to give funds to projects focused on rebuilding communities, distributing supplies to children and families, and preparing for future disasters. Here are some updates from these organizations:

De La Salle University, a university in the Philippines, prides itself on using local experts to lead recovery efforts (hence its project name, “Philippines Recovery Efforts Led By Local Experts”). Recently, De La Salle University worked to construct new projects based on consultations from both their internal and external partners at the center in emergency relief operations. After the consultations, the university found that instead of having projects focus on recovery relief, they should focus more on disaster preparation and management. After thorough research and discussion, this approach was found to be more effective. In the latest project report, the university announced some future plans for this project. These plans include continued capacity building, including building an emergency response team for the area. This team will include rescue swimmers and divers, as well as a mountain rescue team. We hope you are all looking forward to their future efforts as much as we are!

Asia America Initiative’s project “Provide Relief to 5000 Families In Typhoon Bopha” is working with local groups to provide relief for survivors of the on-going disasters sparked by climate change in this region. Recently, Asia America Initiative distributed school books and readers to middle schools and high schools, in order for the students to continue having a “basic education” during these disasters. To date, the organization has been able to provide nearly 100,000 books! Unfortunately, the new typhoon season sprung again in mid-May, and students started school the first week of June. Asia America Initiative is working tirelessly to provide a safe environment for the students, but there is still more work to be done.

International Disaster Volunteers (IDV) highlighted, in their latest report, one of the IDV rescue team volunteers named Maria. She, like many of the other volunteers, needed to learn basic first aid in order to help her community when disaster strikes again. Through IDV’s project “Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disasters”, Maria and the other volunteers received an intense two day course in first aid. Through this course, led by army personnel, attendees practiced and learned CPR, how to respond to spinal cord injuries and broken bones, how to navigate through smoke, etc. Thanks to your generous donations, IDV on-the-ground volunteers are better prepared to deal with health issues in the face of tragedy. IDV hopes to train even more volunteers in first aid and even supply first aid kits and life vests in the future. All of this cannot be done without your support.

Because of the on-going nature of natural disasters in the Philippines, your continued support is more important than ever before. We may never know when a disaster is about to strike, and these organizations must always be prepared to face future typhoons, flooding, and more. We may not know what lies ahead in the Philippines, but all of the progress so far would not have been possible without you. Thank you for your continued passion and support!

Photo courtesy of De La Salle University
Photo courtesy of De La Salle University
Photo courtesy of IDV
Photo courtesy of IDV
Photo courtesy of IDV
Photo courtesy of IDV

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