Integrated Humanitarian Response

Emergency happens any time. War, Fire outbreak, floods, landslides, conflict & violence, epidemic disease, accidents, famine among others. It causes human & material loss.

In an emergency situation, the victims need critical life support i.e. Food, Shelter, medical care (Including first aid, clinical services), energy support, clothing,

evacuation & relocation, tracing & linkages with lost family members, hope & emotional support, psycho social support among others.

Our programming in emergency & humanitarian response focuses on disaster risk reduction, disaster relief and humanitarian response.

Program goal: To be able to undertake effective emergency & humanitarian response to victims of disaster.

Program objectives:

  1. To undertake such activities that reduce the risk of eminent disaster to communities in danger of possible disaster.

  1. To offer emergency life support during disaster situations to cover life support gaps critical to cope up with the shock of disaster, mitigate impact of the disaster and improve life coping mechanisms in general.

  1. To undertake humanitarian support to the victims of disaster to enable them start a new life and recover from the impacts of the disaster, cope with life in a new situation and support them to reconstruct their lives.

  1. Seek and build alliances with other humanitarian agencies to synergize response and support to the victims of disaster.

  1. To build community resilience and adaptation mechanisms to future disasters.

Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

DRR is a systematic approach to identifying, assessing and reducing the risks of disaster. The main aim is to reduce socio-economic vulnerabilities to disaster as well as dealing with the environmental and other hazards that trigger them

Disaster Risk Reduction is a responsibility of all development & relief agencies alike. It should be an integral part of the work of all development & relief organizations not an add-on or one-off action.

It involves prevention, mitigation & preparedness (early warning signs, evacuation plans and trainings for community volunteers.

Some of our DRR initiatives include:

  • We educate communities to avoid risk of disaster. This focuses on

manmade disasters like conflicts & violence related to land, Gender,

Power & other resources.

    • Training of community volunteers in first aid, and other response

  • mechanisms.

    • Raising community awareness on disaster, disaster prevention and

  • mitigation.

    • Sensitizing communities on impacts of climate change and tracking the

  • impact of climate change on communities.

    • Assessing vulnerability of communities to Disaster and building their capacity to act on their own behalf and secure their basic rights through

  • Participatory Vulnerability Assessment (PVA)

    • We educate farmers on proper land use & management, and at risk communities on impending disasters and how to safeguard and mitigate

  • risk of disaster.

    • Persuading Government bodies to integrate DRR in their planning, work in liaison with key government departments to forecast risk of disaster, mitigate risk of disaster, coordinate efforts of response to disaster & impact

  • of disaster.

    • We strive to work with and support key civil society networks to foresee

disasters (floods, disease outbreaks, landslides, conflict related disasters) and mobilize resources synergize efforts in response disaster locally &

internationally.

    • We amplify and disseminate information on early warning signs to at risk

  • communities, key stakeholders for prompt action and intervention.

    • We build community resilience and adaptation mechanisms to future disasters.

Emergency Response

Emergency Response requires huge logistical & financial power however in our present capacity we offer limited direct emergency support but can adequately supplement & coordinate efforts of all other emergency workers. We can coordinate the following key areas:

    • Logistics: Transport, warehousing among others.

  • Food & Water: We can undertake food s on behalf of other agencies.

    • Shelter: Housing is one of the major needs of disaster victims. We coordinate efforts and facilitate basic shelter for victims. These include tarps for temporary shelter, mosquito nets, blankets, generators, sleeping

  • mats, tarpaulins among others.

    • Energy: Energy needs for cooking, lighting, warming. Provide & coordinate

  • efforts for these needs.

    • Medicare: Basic medical services can be provided & coordinated at local government, partner & organizational level to disaster victims within our reach. This includes basic first aid services, health emergency

management, disease prevention medicine, emergency health kits,

vaccines, shelter for emergency health team and emergency clinic,

medical equipment, RH emergency kits, HIV kits, vector control

equipment among others.

WASH: Water containers, water treatment, water distribution kits, sanitation

equipment, water storage kits, water purification tablets, watsan

equipment, water supply systems.

    • Linkages: In disaster situation, families, individuals, communities get

  • separated. Tracing & linking these becomes essential.

    • Psychosocial support: Counseling, Guidance, Mentorship are essential in a disaster situation. We have technical capacity to offer all basic psycho

  • social services to victims in disaster.

    • Emotional support: Emotional care & support is one of the essential services needed by victims of disaster. Feeling for and with them gives

  • comfort and hope for a better life still.

    • Spiritual support: In moments of disaster the victims wonder why them? Do not see any hope in life anymore, their coping mechanisms are grossly weakened. Counsel for the soul through spiritual services brings emotional,

  • mental and physical recovery.

    • Protection services: Victims of disaster loose privileges and their rights are often abused. We provide and coordinate efforts of Child, Gender, Social, Legal protection services to victims of disaster. Important kits for protection

  • include PEP kits, Emergency pills, Dignity kits, Recreational kits.

Humanitarian Response

After an emergency phase, Humanitarian response is essential. Victims will need better Shelter, Feeding, Education, Rights governance, Livelihood opportunities

  • better social services but most importantly it is important and of bigger significance to link relief, rehabilitation and development support in order to meet short, mid & longer term needs of victims of disaster. This is intended to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain human dignity strongly taking into account principles of humanity.

Humanitarian assistance if a fundamental expression of the universal value of solidarity between people and a moral imperative”

The principle of Humanitarianism which is an active belief in the value of human life, whereby humans practice benevolent treatment and provide assistance to other humans, in order to better humanity for moral, altruistic and logical reasons is highly observed during all the humanitarian interventions.

Health Services: We undertake primary health care services and coordinate clinical services in a humanitarian situation.

These cover efforts to provide preventive, promotive and curative healthcare services to the victims of disaster.

Livelihoods: We intervene in both Agricultural & Non Agricultural livelihoods Agricultural: (even in a limited land size, one can get the best), we undertake training & development of kitchen gardens, Climate smart agriculture.

Non Agricultural Livelihoods: As per our vision of “a community with efficient human capacities & good quality of life for positive socio economic development”. We engage victims in non agricultural livelihood activities including business, savings, skills development, enhancing formal & informal employment.

WASH: Longer term WASH interventions including stable water sources for safe, adequate and clean water for human consumption. Development of longer term WASH infrastructure and stable WASH systems. Hygiene and sanitation interventions are an integral component of WASH humanitarian response.

Education: A holistic approach to learning defines our education intervention in humanitarian context. We intervene in the following aspects of education.

Early Childhood Development, Primary, Secondary, Tertiary & skills development, FAL, Accelerated learning initiatives and mobilize resources & scholarship support for disadvantaged children.

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