Disaster Response

The Needs

95% of disaster fatalities occur in developing countries*, where poverty intensifies the suffering of already vulnerable communities. Rapid onset disasters like earthquakes, typhoons, tsunamis, floods and volcanic eruptions can cause millions of fatalities immediately – but beyond that, children are also at risk of slow onset disasters like drought and conflict. In the wake of a disaster, food and clean water are wiped out, life-threatening communicable diseases spread more easily, education is disrupted and roads are destroyed, further isolating children from help. Without proper care and help, children are at risk of suffering emotional and psychological consequences brought about by losing loved ones and having their lives turned upside down. *United Nations Development Programme, 2012

 

Key Challenges

Climate Change

Increased occurances of droughts, heat waves and floods destroy land that the poor are heavily reliant on for food and income. Vulnerable children suffer from hunger-related illnesses and families are not able to earn enough income. 

Conflict

Children and families have little choice but to to leave everything they have and flee. Disaplced from their homes, children are often exposed to unimaginable terrors. They also experience severe shortages in shelter, clean water, basic health services, education and food.

Poor Infrastructure

Inability to afford quality construction materials leaves the poor at high risk of being victims of collapsing building and homes when disaster strikes. Apart from potential deaths and serious injuries, poor infrastructure leaves children with no safe shelters and exposed to the elements.

Inaccessibility

Urgently needed relief supplies take a long time to reach far flung rural areas. In the aftermath of disaster, roads are destroyed, making it even more difficult for help to reach those who need it the most.

Lack of Early Warning Systems

Without technology and access to information that can alert families to impending disasters, they have no time to seek safety or to evacuate. This leaves them facing the brunt of calamities.