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.
Disasters are often unexpected and hard to plan for, leaving the many vulnerable and unprepared.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
In 2017, we celebrated our emergency response impact.
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.
who spent 18,000 hours serving more than 10,000 hurricane victims across Texas and Florida.
2,700 water filters, 130 solar chargers, desalination equipment and food distributed to hurricane victims.