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Emergency Response

On the ground before, during, and after

When it’s a matter of life or death—we’re moving quickly to address the needs of those in urgent need of relief.

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Emergency Response

We mobilize our network of local and global nonprofit, corporate, church, and logistic partners when disasters strike.

Thousands of communities around the world are affected every day by natural disasters, disease outbreaks and conflicts. This leaves the most vulnerable people in urgent need of help to survive and recover. Historically, those with a background of working in a country alongside local communities are best suited to support relief efforts quickly and efficiently.

Acting fast before, during, and after an emergency and collaborating creatively with diverse partners has meant we can assist the vulnerable when some of the greatest disasters strike.

Problem

Disasters are often unexpected and hard to plan for, leaving the many vulnerable and unprepared.

Problem

In the days, weeks, and months following a disaster, adequate food, clean drinking water, and shelter are critical to survival.

What we’re doing about it

We build the capacity of our local staff, volunteers, and partners to respond quickly and efficiently to storms, mudslides, floods, earthquakes, volcanoes, disease outbreaks, and more.

Tsunami Palu: Indonesia

In October 2018, an earthquake and subsequent tsunami killed over 1,000 and displaced countless. We responded with a Fresh Water Team to produce clean drinking water, and a supply of water filters and tents for shelter. 

Typhoon Mangkhut: The Philippines

In September 2018, we responded to the destruction on Luzon island with relief supplies often carried by foot by coordinated volunteers to hard-to-reach communities flattened by the typhoon and subsequent flooding.

Hurricane Florence: North and South Carolina

In September 2018, we responded to a powerful Cape Verde hurricane with water filters, water desalination efforts, high-quality tarps, trucks of food and baby supplies, and clean up crews alongside our local and national partners.

Volcán de Fuego: Guatemala

In June 2018, we responded to the eruption of Guatemala’s ‘Volcano of Fire’ with clean water supplies, solar chargers, and volunteer teams to help with clean up, recovery, and emotional support.

Earthquake: Papua New Guinea

In February 2018, we responded to a 7.5-magnitude earthquake and dozens of aftershocks with clean water supplies, solar chargers, and clean up alongside The Wesleyan Church.

Cyclone Gita: Islands of Tonga

In February 2018, major winds across the kingdom brought down power lines, smashed churches, and flattened vital crops. We responded with critical emergency supplies—like shelter, clean water, and sanitation kits.

Mount Mayon Volcano: The Philippines

In January 2018, on the heels of Tembin, more than 75,000 fled their homes in the danger zone to stay in emergency shelters. We supplied emergency water supplies in hard-to-reach communities and in shelters.

Tropical Storm Tembin: The Philippines

In December 2017, we responded with shipments of food, water, and hygiene kits, water desalination units, water filters, and electric generators.

Hurricanes Irma & Maria: Caribbean, Florida, and Puerto Rico

In September 2017, we responded with shipments of food, water, and hygiene kits, water desalination units, water filters, and electric generators.

Hurricane Harvey: Houston, Texas

In August 2017, we served over the long-term recovery phase with shipments of goods to those hardiest hit and coordinated teams of volunteers to help in the ongoing clean-up of the area.

Mudslides: Freetown, Sierra Leone

In August 2017, torrential rains lead to deadly mudslides, claiming 1,000 lives, and leaving 7,000 people homeless. We coordinated an emergency response to bring water treatment solutions on-line, delivered clothing, blankets, food, medicines, counseling to victims, and care for children who lost family members.

Hurricane Matthew: Haiti

In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew, the most powerful Caribbean hurricane in nearly a decade, devastated Haiti. While the real number of casualties may never be known, the estimated death toll was over 500 people. We delivered 2,000 water filters, 2,520 hygiene kits and 342 tarps to the most affected areas.

Flood Relief: Louisiana

In August 2016, we mounted an immediate emergency response effort mobilizing many volunteers. These workers provided 816 hours of services to gut and clean-up homes and minister to families impacted by the flood.

Cyclone Roanu: Sri Lanka

In May 2016, we implemented programs to care for children, provide supplies, medical care and essential furniture for their families, so the children could return to school as soon as possible.

Earthquake: Ecuador

In April 2016, following the earthquakes that took more than 650 lives and injured more than 16,000 people, we provided over 700 water filters and 8,400 hygiene kits to areas with the greatest need.

Earthquake: Nepal

In April 2015, when more than 21,000 were injured and over 8,500 were killed, we airlifted large, industrial strength tents to over 70 families, providing shelter to protect people from the monsoon rains. In addition, we gave relief supplies, water filters, food and hygiene kits to those in need. A team backpacked through the mountains to deliver over 2,000 pounds of relief supplies in Nepal’s remote regions who had not previously received any assistance.

Ebola Virus Outbreak: Sierra Leone

In March 2014-March 2016, as one of the largest non-government organizations in Sierra Leone, we recruited a Registered Nurse from the US to train health care workers, supplied ambulances, set up isolation units, helped with burials, delivered food to families, provided care for shunned survivors, and set up Community Care Centers to make care more accessible to those impacted by the disease.

Typhoon Haiyan: Philippines

In November 2013, immediately following the typhoon that impacted 14 million people, we offered food, educational support, rice seeds, and farm animals to those in need.  

Earthquake: Haiti

In January 2010, the massive earthquake killed more than 230,000 people, injured over 300,000, and left over 1.5 million people homeless. We made available food for 83,200 people, purified water to 68,500 families, 16,103 hygiene kits, and medication to 7,320 orphaned and vulnerable children. While providing psychological care for 887 orphaned children, we helped to reunite 282 children with their guardians. Seminars were held in 26 camps where 18,925 youth learned about illness prevention, and we re-constructed three schools in Cite Soleil, Petit Goave, and Jacmel.

Our Impact

In 2017, we celebrated our emergency response impact.

water filters

distributed after mudslides in Freetown, Sierra Leone; installed 4 water tanks, trucked in over 35,600 gallons of water, hygiene promotion, food and medical provision, psychosocial support to victims.

volunteers

who spent 18,000 hours serving more than 10,000 hurricane victims across Texas and Florida.

generators

2,700 water filters, 130 solar chargers, desalination equipment and food distributed to hurricane victims.

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