In the Philippines, the question isn’t if the next Typhoon or flood will strike – it’s when. All the prevention measures in the world won’t stop the weather, so communities need to be ready.
That’s why the community of Banaba has made the construction of rescue boats a priority. These boats are used during and after typhoons and floods to make sure that families can get to safety. They are proven lifesavers during the 20+ typhoons and floods that affect the Philippines every year.
Community members being happy and thankful after receiving their boats.
With testing complete the boat was delivered to a risk area known as “Visayas Ave” in Banaba which currently doesn’t have any rescue boats.
The “Visaya Ave” area is located right on the river, and most of the houses are shacks without land rights. The boat will save lives during floods in this vulnerable community.
A community member signing a contract about the boats uses.
International Disaster Volunteers run this fabulous initiative. If you want to learn more about it or contribute, just with €589 (£500, $755) you can sponsor the construction of a small boat. These nimble 2.4m x 1.2m (8’x4′) craft are the strike force of rescue boats – they can respond quickly and access hard to reach locations.
You can also sponsor the construction of a larger boat for €2,592 (£2,200, $3,323). These sturdier 3.7m x 1.5m (12’x5′) craft can carry up to 12 people – they are able to evacuate bigger groups more easily.
“Fund a boat” is a great goal for a fundraising event. If you sponsor a boat, you’ll be thanked through its paint job. Your boat could feature the logo of a company, the names of your fundraising team, the mascot of your school, etc.