Our charity’s disaster relief work takes us relentlessly across the world to support the communities worst hit by natural disasters. War, conflict and civil unrest also create millions of refugees, whom we often work with as well, for example in the rehabilitation of their homes and communities.
Families left homeless by disasters and refugees who return to their homelands face bleak futures, as they struggle to rebuild their lives.
By giving the communities the means to rebuild, we have been able to support, empower and work with families in building recovery shelter and housing solutions.
A transition to durable shelters
Recovery after a disaster begins on day one, and we know that when it comes to shelter assistance, one size does not fit all.
We believe the victims should be able to take back control of their lives and of the recovery process as soon as possible.
Our long term goal is to support disaster-affected families and communities in achieving permanent, durable homes and settlements.
This is the core purpose of our vision: a world where everyone has a safe, decent place to call home.
As our team was distributing emergency shelter kits after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, we started to develop the next steps in its response to the disaster. Given the scale of the need, we decided that transitioning to durable shelter solutions would be the best solution.
The significant number of families that had been affected and were facing the upcoming hurricane season meant that we had to act very fast. That’s how we gradually designed a process to make this transition work.
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