Why Emergencies? Many of the areas in which we work are highly vulnerable to emergencies and shocks as a result of conflict and natural disasters. These vulnerabilities are unfortunately likely to increase in coming years as the effects of climate change worsen.
Our goal is to respond rapidly to save lives and reduce suffering and this is exactly what we do. In an emergency situation, we act quickly to save lives. Once the immediate crisis has passed, we remain on the ground helping to rebuild livelihoods and infrastructure so that communities are better prepared for future crises.
We aim to contribute to lasting improvements in the lives of the extremely poor by implementing rapid response, risk reduction, and community-resilient programs. Here we spotlight three of our approaches:
Our key objectives of our emergency programmes are to respond rapidly to emergencies in order to save lives and reduce suffering. Most of these services are coupled with health, nutrition and counselling services for a holistic recovery to affected communities.
Disaster risk reduction is central to our work in building community resilience to shocks resulting from shocks. We employ a systematic approach to identify, analyse and reduce risks resulting from disasters. Our objective is to reduce impact of disaster events, as well as deal with the human and environmental factors that trigger them.
Risk is a fundamental driver and maintainer of poverty, all of the communities that we work with are subject to differing degrees of disaster risk, and therefore all of our programmes incorporate disaster risk reduction.
Part of our humanitarian work aims to help communities withstand emergencies to help them become less vulnerable to future problems. This is particularly important as areas regions we work in experience frequent natural disasters and inter and intra ethnic disputes.
We position ourselves in the most vulnerable and marginalized communities ensuring we are there before disasters strike. We help equip families with the skills and tools to feed and support themselves without resorting to negative coping strategies i.e. selling their Livestock and Charcoal burning.