IDEA News for the ‘what happened in 2013’ Category

Day After Christmas

Posted on: December 29th, 2013 by Athena

While most everyone was looking to take a holiday break the day after Christmas, nine selfless volunteers from Faith Academy ( a Christian international school located in Manila) decided to come down to Bohol to help out some of the earthquake victims.  One of IDEA’s dorm mom’s home was totally destroyed during the earthquake on October 15 so the Faith Academy team was enlisted to help put her in a new home.

The first task in providing any of the Bohol earthquake victims with one of IDEA’s Earthquake Replacement Houses is the demolition of the damaged home.  The Faith Academy provided the muscle power to get this job done quickly.  This then clears the way for our experienced IDEA Deaf construction team to quickly set up our prefab house.

Salome In Front of Her Demolished Home

Salome In Front of Her Demolished Home

Faith Academy School volunteers from Manila along with IDEA's construction team.

Faith Academy School volunteers from Manila along with IDEA’s construction team.


Here is a short video of the Faith Academy Volunteers on the job in Loon, Bohol.

The biggest issue about Salome’s home is that it is built on sand. Our construction team will be headed back to the site this week to dig about 4 feet down to coral limestone and pouring concrete footing. Every house replacement has its own special set of challenges. IDEA has a list of about 150 homes that we are either repairing or replacing. So far we have put about 25 families back into homes.

You can provide an EARTHQUAKE REPLACEMENT HOUSE for a Bohol quake victim for only $750. JUST CLICK HERE TO DONATE ONLINE

Please note that the cost of these homes has increased over the past couple of months. This is due to the rising cost of construction materials due to the huge demand not only on Bohol but also the neighboring island of Leyte that was devastated by super typhoon Hiayan.

Meeting Needs In Leyte

Posted on: December 22nd, 2013 by Athena

Earth Quake Donations

As you can imagine, after the homes of our teachers and deaf student’s families were destroyed by Typhoon Hiayan, their Christmas Wish List is now very specific.  Because of the continued generosity of donors, IDEA is happy to be able to help meet the needs of these families so they can move back into homes and out from under tarps and tents.  The huge demand for building materials and rice in Leyte has driven the prices sky high so IDEA will be shipping all these goods in from the nearby island of Cebu along with guards to insure the cargo gets to its destination.  The goods will then be placed at the IDEA dormitory in Ormoc, Leyte as a distribution center and then the parents will be coming down on January 6th to get their needed items.  We will need to rent a truck for the day to help them bring their good to be loaded on the tops of buses for the trip back to their homes in the mountains.  Although the journey these parents will need to make will be difficult, it will surly be with renewed hope.

Ormoc Wish List comp

Christmas at BDA

Posted on: December 20th, 2013 by Athena

The kids up at our Bohol Deaf Academy had a great time yesterday during their Christmas party. The earthquake did not dampen their spirits and only managed to increase their need to celebrate the season. All their presentations pointed to giving thanks to God for sending his Son and remembering His goodness in sparing them during this recent calamity.


Here are just a few fun photos of the event.


Click here to watch a shot video of the kids dancing.


Don’t Forget Christmas!!!

Posted on: December 15th, 2013 by Athena

So here is just one of the ways IDEA has responded to the earthquake and typhoon on Bohol. Here are some shots of our IDEA Philippines staff Christmas Party. Not only did we have the families of our teachers, dorm parents, office workers, and construction workers, but also all of our EIGP (employment/income generating project) employees and their families. About 500 kids and adults attended. Many of them had their homes destroyed but this was our way of celebrating life. ” TAKE THAT YOU NASTY OLD NATURAL DISASTERS”. Every one of our 7 IDEA supported schools will also be having their own Christmas parties even if they are having classes in make-shift tents.

IDEA Christmas Party Panorama

Balloon Circus 1Brian and Santa

By the way, the guy in the Santa suite is Denny Freed and the guy on his lap is IDEA’s own Brian Hillabush. The guy making the 100 balloon animals is our volunteer Circus. Boy will his cheeks be sore today from blowing up all those balloons.