We want to see communities moving from crisis response to resilience
The communities we serve do not differentiate between the risks they face daily. Floods, drought, violence or pandemic, each crisis results in similar impacts: livelihoods lost, homes destroyed, lack of access to food and markets.
Consequently, this year we developed a new strategic approach to ensure we strengthen communities’ capacity to respond to and recover from emergencies, and become resilient to future shocks.
We equip churches and local partners so that emergency responses are as locally led as possible and contextually appropriate. At the heart of this collaborative approach is partnership, mutual learning, resilience and a mindset of hope. Where necessary, we also work directly through our own operational programmes, currently in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Central African Republic.
In 2022/23, we’ve responded to devastating climate-related disasters and communities facing violence and destruction, including the Ukraine conflict, Turkey-Syria earthquake, Pakistan floods, an earthquake and flooding in the Philippines, the East Africa hunger crisis, a hurricane in Nicaragua and cyclones in southern Africa.
We hold ourselves accountable to people affected by disasters, ensuring clear channels of communication so that communities can participate fully and give feedback. We coordinate with networks and peers within the humanitarian sector to ensure best practice across our work.