Mission: At IDV we believe that to provide meaningful assistance to disaster affected and at risk communities around the world we have to do more than construct buildings. We need to understand and address the factors that make communities vulnerable to disaster. Our work will be organised with these factors in mind so that we can affect change that far outlives our presence. Furthermore, we will make this information available to all volunteers so that they will be empowered to affect positive, long-term change in their day-to-day lives as well as while volunteering.
Results: Since 2010, we've helped more than 4,500 disaster survivors in Haiti and the Philippines rebuild their lives.
We're now responding to Super Typhoon Haiyan. To date, we've helped more than 600 survivors access medical care, re-opened Tacloban's only school for developmentally disabled children, helped build the first permanent home in the wake of Haiyan and launched a programme offering school meals to help kids get back to school.
We intend to build hundreds of homes, invest in livelihoods, and a great deal more - but first we need both volunteers and funding. Learn more or get involved: http://www.idvolunteers.org/typhoon-haiyan-response
Target demographics: IDV works with disaster survivors worldwide regardless of age, race, or gender
Direct beneficiaries per year: 600 Filipinos become more able to resister disaster, gave 160 Haitian students the education they need to build a better life and ensured 30 Haitian orphans stayed healthy and happy.
Geographic areas served: Worldwide
Programs: building homes in Tacloban to rehouse survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan
In 2011 I spent 3 weeks in Haiti with this small but impressive organization under very primitive conditions in Haiti in my function as a general practicioner.
Very amazing how they integrated different persons from different countries within a short-time period with high effectiveness and low costs united by the aim to help poor people in Haiti after the earth-quake.
The photo with the international supporters group after a improvised consultary in a church in the city Fond Du Negres (directed by high effective Dr. PJ. Pitt) shoul be the press photo of the year :
the "real" United Nations.
The staff was in a good mood with a nice humor instead of eating chicken bones and noodles for months....
All the best for you!
Dr.med. Ralf Wiertelarz
Facharzt für Allgemeinmedizin/Psychotherapie