Emergencies and conflicts

Whether created by a natural disaster - drought, floods, earthquake of famine - or by a violent conflict, an emergency causes intense suffering, trauma and loss.

We work in emergency situations providing immediate relief and setting up long-term projects that help communities rebuild their lives. We help people prepare for future disasters and conflicts.

Reducing vulnerability

The effects of climate change – floods, cyclones and crop failures – have a much bigger impact on people in poor countries because they don’t have the resources to protect themselves. They suffer the most from climate change, which is why we’re working with communities in vulnerable areas to help them adapt.

Reducing communities' vulnerability to disasters is at the heart of our emergencies work. After receiving training from ActionAid, Lamia Akhter saved her family’s life when a cyclone struck. Watch the video and hear her story.

We have also developed a tool called Participatory Vulnerability Analysis (PVA) which works with communities and local authorities to look at what makes them vulnerable. It enables them to set up their own ways of coping with the disaster that will reduce the effects of hazards like drought, an earthquake or a hurricane.

Emergency relief in disasters

Responding immediately when a disaster strikes saves lives. It also helps people deal with their situation straight away and recover more quickly. We respond to emergencies straight away with food, water, shelter and medicine.

ActionAid’s supporters and donors have helped to keep children like Chery and Christella to stay in school throughout disasters like the 2010 Haiti earthquake. During the first week teachers were doing psychosocial activities with the children to help them work through their trauma.

Between 2001 and 2012, 268 million people were affected by disasters each year. Thanks to our supporters, we can provide the essential resources that people need.

Helping people recover from natural disasters

After providing immediate relief, we look at the long-term projects to bring lasting recovery and rehabilition.

Living through an emergency or disaster is often incredibly traumatic, especially for children. At ActionAid, we’ve developed psychosocial care to help people recover. We build community support groups, and use drama and music to help people move on.

Cherlandine was trapped under rubble for three days after the Haiti earthquake until she was rescued. Now orphaned, she was often depressed and scared. With the support of her foster mother, and ActionAid psychosocial support through her school, she is returning to her old self.

Watch the video and hear Cherlandine’s story.

Helping people affected by war and conflict

We know that people affected by conflicts have rights and responsibilities. We help communities to cope with the effects of violent conflict.

ActionAid is providing care for vulnerable groups, particularly women and children, to help them recover from traumatic experiences.

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