Thanks to your support, we are able to respond to a variety of emergency situations, including: responding in the aftermath of a natural disaster, supporting families living in fragile countries, or helping communities improve their disaster protection measures.
Responding to Natural Disasters
When you are poor, any financial blow can be crushing, this is especially true during disasters, since it can be next to impossible to recover without help. In these situations, children are also the most vulnerable. So when a disaster hits — whether an earthquake or food shortage — we respond to the needs of affected communities by doing things like:
Working in Fragile Countries
- Providing 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 people who are sick or injured
- Finding longer-term funding sources to help communities recover
A fragile country is a nation where a government cannot or will not act on its responsibility to protect the rights of its population. Fragile countries are incredibly difficult places to live.
Children face the greatest dangers in countries like this – in fact, many of them will not even reach their fifth birthday. The risks of malnutrition, disease and lack of healthcare are constant; they may face harmful traditional practices such as early marriage and female genital mutilation. These are the parts of the world where exploitation, such as sex trafficking or using children as soldiers, is a terrible reality.
Currently we have identified seven fragile countries
for our focus. They are: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Sudan and South Sudan. In places like these, we provide emergency relief that includes things like:
- Access to nutritious food, clean water and health care
- Improving local skills and abilities to respond effectively
- Peace building
- Livelihood rehabilitation
Our goal is to help fragile countries become safer, more stable places where children (and their families) can grow, learn, live, and enjoy the prospect of a long, healthy future.