When you’re poor, any financial blow can be crushing. This is never truer than in a disaster situation. The poor are the most vulnerable and usually have the least resources to cope and recover without help. Children are in the middle of these disasters and are the most vulnerable in any community.
When a disaster hits, whether suddenly like an earthquake or more slowly like food shortages due to drought, we respond to the needs of affected communities in many ways.
Some of these are:
- Food and other necessities
- Providing access to clean water, sanitation and health care
- Ensuring that children are as safe as possible and have a place to play
- Providing emergency health care to help people who are sick or injured in the wake of a disaster
- Finding longer-term funding sources to help communities recover
On top of this, we engage people like you and government on disaster-related issues.