Living in the developing world is often a daily struggle for survival. That struggle becomes all but impossible when a disaster strikes. Floods, earthquakes, war or conflicts can destroy a life and all assets in the blink of an eye. It’s a life on the edge.
Consider this: In times of crisis, and the aftermath that follows, women, children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable. For example, significantly more women than men are injured or killed during hurricanes and floods. And when food becomes scarce, women and girls are the last to eat, as often their nutritional needs are viewed as less important than those of men and boys.
CARE is amongst the first to arrive and the last to leave during a humanitarian crisis. We are responding to today’s emergencies and helping people prepare for tomorrow’s.
We help people respond, prepare, and recover from disasters. During a disaster, we coordinate with other aid agencies, governments and local organizations to meet the many immediate needs of affected people. While each emergency response is tailored to the needs of each situation, we focus on four humanitarian core sectors: we ensure that people have enough to eat, a roof over their head, clean water and adequate hygiene supplies and receive assistance for their sexual and reproductive health.
But instead of simply distributing goods or providing services, we include women and men in our emergency response. They work side by side with us as volunteers, supporting distributions of relief items, promoting awareness on hygiene practices or encouraging their communities to join hands and rebuild their livelihoods.
We also work with communities to help them prepare for future crises. Together we assess risks, analyze shifting weather patterns and put evacuation plans in place. Preparedness is key: it reduces risks and mitigates the magnitude of a disasters impact.
It is a long road to recovery after a disaster hits. Our work is done when livelihoods are rebuilt and communities are prepared for future crises.
Want to know more how CARE works in emergencies? Read our humanitarian action fact sheet.