Help 600 People Escape Floods & Poverty

by International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)
That means "Thank you" in Filipino!
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. Families like Sherwin’s had emergency food during the flood evacuation and emergency relief in the difficult days after the water receded.

What’s more, now – three months after the floods – there are now projects running that will help Sherwin and his family become more prosperous and less vulnerable.

There have been so many times over the past year that you could have chosen to spend your hard earned money on something for yourself or your family, but you made the incredibly generous choice to support families like Sherwin’s. 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! 

The food we stockpile now feeds them during floods
The food we stockpile now feeds them during floods

In August, when floods forced more than 2,300 people into evacuation centres in Banaba, we were there to help – and so were you.

We were able to fund more than 2,000 hot meals and 180 emergency relief packs for affected families because you chose to give. You may have been at home when the floods struck Banaba, but you were still part of our team here in Banaba providing relief to affected families in their hour of need. Thanks so much!

If we learned anything during the August floods, it was the importance of preparedness. We need to be able to react immediately when floods come, and that means we need to stockpile more food and water now ready for the next one.

Happily, thanks to GlobalGiving, now is a great time to give! Tomorrow GlobalGIving will match your donation by 30%.

When we buy food in bulk, a single hot meal for an evacuee like Alyona costs just $0.30. That means that your $10 donation normally provides 33 hot meals, but tomorrow it will fund 43 meals. That makes tomorrow a great day to give!

We hope that you’ll help us prepare for whatever else the 2013 rainy season has in store for Banaba by donating $10 tomorrow and sharing this great opportunity with friends and family.

Thanks so much for your support, and very kind regards!

Give tomorrow to support Eric and his daughter
Give tomorrow to support Eric and his daughter
You funded 2000 hot meals for evacuees!
You funded 2000 hot meals for evacuees!

During the week starting August 18th, a nearby typhoon caused the normal monsoon rains to go into overdrive. It rained for almost five full days - more than a month's worth of rain fell in August 19th alone.

Rivers were already at bursting point on August 19th, and as rains continued thousands of residents were forced to leave their homes. In Banaba alone 2,300 people found themselves in overcrowded evacuation centers. As families began to arrive in evacuation centres, we sprang into action with our local partners, Buklod Tao.

Your donations funded 2,000 hot meals for flood-affected families. A hot meal may not sound like much, but for families like Mark's who were forced from their homes in pitch dark and pouring rain, this hot meal was absolutely priceless.

By August 21st, the floodwaters began to recede and families started to go home and assess the damage. Many families found they had lost food, access to drinking water, and suffered damage to their livelihoods. They needed emergency relief to help them get through the first difficult days at home. Because of you, we were there to help.

Your donations funded emergency kits of food and hygiene items to 180 families. The crisis is over for now but we wanted to thank you for giving us the ability to respond . Without you, we wouldn't have been able to supply the food, water, and other basic necessities needed by hundreds of families during and after the disaster. Thanks so much!

This rainy season is far from over, so we're now turning our attention back to preparing for the next inevitable flood. When it comes, we'll be here ready to respond once again.

As always, if you have any questions about how we're using your donation to change lives here in Banaba, don't hesitate to email We'd love to hear from you! Thanks again for all you've done, and very kind regards!

The community of North Libis during floods
The community of North Libis during floods
You funded emergency relief for her family
You funded emergency relief for her family
You provided relief when floods affected Banaba!
You provided relief when floods affected Banaba!
Thanks for helping them recover!
Thanks for helping them recover!
They had a hot meal thanks to you!
They had a hot meal thanks to you!

On August 18th, a typhoon passing to the northeast of the Philippines caused a phenomenon called “Enhanced Monsoon”. An enhanced monsoon occurs when the wet air from a nearby typhoon sends the Philippines’ monsoon rains into overdrive.

Here in Banaba, the enhanced monsoon brought rain for most of Saturday and all of Sunday. On Sunday night, the rivers began to overflow and vulnerable families were forced from their homes.

In the middle of the night, hundreds of families like Servano’s packed up their most precious possessions and left their homes in the pouring rain. They arrived at evacuation centers cold, wet, and tired. But thanks to you, they weren’t alone.

Your generosity meant that we were able to give hundreds of evacuees like Servano a hot meal.  After a cold, difficult night, a hot bowl of oatmeal and a friendly face were a godsend for families affected by flooding – thanks so much for making that gift possible!

The rain’s slowed for now, but we’re not out of the woods yet. At the time of writing, up to 30 mm of rain were expected in the next 24 hours, and the effects of the enhanced monsoon could last for up to four days. Unless the weather forecast changes, there will be more evacuees in need of our support in the coming days.

It costs just $3 to prepare a bowl of nutritious, warming oatmeal for 10 evacuees. That means that when you give the minimum donation that GlobalGiving will process - $10 – we’ll be able to give more than 30 people breakfast.

If you’re not in a position to give, please share this update with friends and family so that we can help evacuees like Servano ride out the enhanced monsoon!

Thanks so much, and very kind regards.

Your donations keep him safe during floods
Your donations keep him safe during floods

Construction of the Livelihoods and Evacuation Centre continues rapidly, but we still need to raise funds to ensure we have what we need to finish the centre. Today, GlobalGiving is helping us get there by matching your donations by 50%!

That means that today, and today only, your donation will go 50% further toward giving Servano and his family a safe place during floods. Servano is 12. He lives with his grandma and disabled sister on the banks of the river. His house is made of some plastic and a few sheets of plywood. In his short life, he’s already seen his home destroyed twice.

When the evacuation centre is finished, Servano and his family will have a safe place to weather the floods which have already destroyed their home multiple times. Servano can’t wait for the centre to be finished so that he won’t have to live in constant fear of the floods which affect his family every year – but he needs your help!

Today only, you could sponsor a square meter of wall to protect Servano and his family for just $10. Please give what you can to complete the evacuation centre and share this great opportunity with friends and family! 

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International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)

Location: Bristol, Somerset - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Emma Taylor
Bristol, Somerset United Kingdom

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