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. Many members of youth group Buklod Ng Kabataan were among those who had to leave their homes and shelter in nearby schools.
Despite their own worries about their own homes the young people of Buklod Ng Kabataan are taking the lead in comforting others in the evacuation centres. One of their officers – Rachiel – is shown above serving food to the younger children in her centre.
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 are 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 evacuation in the coming days.
We’re supporting Buklod Ng Kabataan’s youth leaders as they work to make evacuation easier on their friends and neighbors, and we hope you’ll help as well.
It costs just $3 to prepare a bowl of nutritious, warming oatmeal as breakfast 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 disaster affected youth in Banaba!
Big news! While we’ll be continuing to support Filipino youth leaders build a brighter tomorrow, we’ll be using a new fundraising format here on GlobalGiving moving forward. As a consequence, we’ll be retiring this project on GlobalGiving.
Why retire a fundraising page for a project which is still on-going you ask? Great question.
With GlobalGiving’s new Micro Project feature, it’s easier and more effective for us to raise the funds we need for our youth empowerment work via a series of smaller Micro Projects under one of our larger projects - “Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster”. Micro Projects are exactly like general projects on GlobalGiving except they’re smaller and have only 90 days to reach their funding target.
Fundraising via a series of smaller Micro Projects rather than this large project gives out staff greater flexibility to fundraise for exactly what they need when they need it. This means we will be able to respond to community needs more effectively.
Alternatively, if you’d still like updates on our youth work here in Banaba straight to your inbox just email Emma@IDVolunteers.org and we’ll put you on our mailing list. As always, if you have any questions about how we’re using your funds don’t hesitate to email the above address. We’d be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
Thanks so much for supporting youth empowerment for disaster survivors, and we hope you’ll enjoy our new fundraising format here on GlobalGiving!
We’ve been telling you all about Buklod Ng Kabataan for some time now. We’ve told you how this group of youth leaders are working to help teens like Arlyn stay in school and how successful their theatre workshop was.
You’ve heard a lot from us, so, for this update, we decided to let Buklod Ng Kabtaan do the talking. American grant maker Burners Without Burners have given the youth group their own blog, and their first post is live!
“We are teenagers who live in a high-risk area here in Banaba San Mateo, Rizal Philippines. Why are we a high-risk area? It’s because there are two fault lines near Banaba, the west and east valley fault line and we are also in a water catch basin area. These factors make us particularly vulnerable to floods, erosion and earthquakes. “ Click here to find out what Buklod Ng Kabataan are doing about that risk.
The kids are planning an autumn and winter full of activities. We hope you’ll help us ensure that those activities succeed by giving what you can to fund these kids’ great work!
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