More than 90% of natural disaster-related deaths occur in developing countries
Emergencies place entire communities in jeopardy with devastating long-term effects. Our Global Emergencies Fund works to ensure that we can respond to events as quickly as possible, within 72 hours in fact, and assist with the recovery to help rebuild lives.
Across the globe, climate change is increasingly affecting communities, leaving families suffering the effects of weather-related natural disasters and devastating entire communities. Left with limited or no access to clean water, shelter, power or food, affected families’ lives are turned upside down.
In cases of conflict, more and more people are displaced from their homes as violence forces families to flee and leave everything behind. Sadly though, it’s society’s poorest who are most vulnerable to the effects of conflict and natural and climate-based disasters. These communities have lower resilience to withstand shock and less access to life saving tools such as early warning systems, earthquake-resistant shelter and lack sufficient health and education services.
Resilience, Response and Recovery
To keep communities safe we help them prepare for potential disaster and if tragedy should strike we’re straight on the ground. When the crisis is over, we’re also on hand to help communities recover from the devastation and get back on their feet. Here’s how:
• Resilience: We develop school safety plans, advocate for the use of building codes, promote climate adaptive technology and plant trees in cyclone affected areas
• Response: When an emergency strikes we supply food, water, shelter, medicine, hygiene kits
• , kitchen sets, buckets, blankets, tarpaulins and tents
• Recovery: We build shelters, rehabilitate existing water points, provide livelihood assistance, support orphans, provide informal education and offer psychosocial support
By donating to our Global Emergencies Fund, you can help ensure we have a contingency fund that can be used to prepare communities for disaster so that when an emergency hits, the impact on people’s lives is reduced. Communities are able to respond immediately and with the support of Islamic Relief, save and rebuild lives – without our teams having to launch a public appeal:
“Donations to the Global Emergencies Fund provide a lifeline to communities who are in immediate need as a result of floods and other smaller localised emergencies,” says Samina Haq, Islamic Relief UK’s Head of Programmes. “Their plight may not hit the headlines internationally, but we are aware of their needs through our presence on the ground.”