Give2Asia and the International Institute for Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) have joined together to work on the NGO Disaster Preparedness Program, which is a three-year program aimed at strengthening community-level disaster preparedness in Asia. The program will do so through financial support of the most innovative and effective disaster preparedness initiatives in at-risk communities in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Vietnam. [Read more...]
Earthquakes, tsunamis, and landslides have shaken communities across all continents over the past decade, bringing focus to natural disasters and climate change impact, as the 2013 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report highlight. We have witnessed disasters in Aceh, Indonesia in 2004; Sichuan Province, China in 2008; Tohoku, Japan in 2011; and Eastern Samar, Philippines in 2013.
PARSA is an NGO that has been promoting social change and a healthy and fair society for all people, especially women and children, in Afghanistan since 1996. They are now working to expand their support of the National Orphanage of Badakhshan Province in response to the massive landslide that struck the province last Friday. PARSA is providing disaster response kits through the orphanage that include food and medical supplies. However, this means they need to double their capacity and resources. Help from the community is vital to this effort.
Please support them and the National Orphanage and donate here.
PARSA is also collecting items locally for a truck to be sent to the orphanage on Monday, May 12. Anyone who is located in Kabul can support them with:
- Children’s clothing and shoes
- Beds, bedding, towels
- Hygiene items
- Medical kit supplies
Anyone in Kabul interested in donating items, please contact Alyssa Hoseman at 0770787949 for information about pick-ups or delivery.
Recovery is underway, but the event is still a fresh wound–what should have been a normal Friday in the village of Abi Barak, Afghanistan became a day of disaster. The village was struck by a landslide that has claimed over 2,100 lives and up to 700 families are displaced. The wave of mud was so sudden that villagers didn’t have time to react: Ataullah had “watched helplessly as tonnes of mud split away and tumbled down towards the home where his children were playing and his wife was preparing lunch.” Another villager Abdul Khalleeq said, “The mud came down like a knife…It was so fast that people down there didn’t have a chance.”
After the landslide subsided, people rushed to help survivors–villagers, aid workers, engineers, government officials. Yet, the disaster area of Abi Barak has essentially become a mass grave because the mud was so overwhelming that it is almost impossible to dig through the whole area. Sunday marked a day of mourning as the people began to support the survivors.
One of the most vulnerable groups among the displaced survivors are children. That’s why the work that PARSA and the National Orphanage is doing so important. Please support them in anyway; every bit counts towards recovery.
Written by Merry Pham
Sichuan province is a region of cultural, culinary, and geographical diversity and is China’s 4th largest province with over 80.5 million people. Throughout history, Sichuan has played an influential and important role in Chinese culture and despite massive changes to China’s economic landscape, still arguably remains China’s “heartland.” The region is known throughout China for its rugged and diverse terrain which has made for a very resilient and adaptable mentality for those who proudly call Sichuan home. However, the beauty of this rugged terrain, expressed so prominently by its jagged peaks of the Tibetan plateau, was a result of Longmen-Shan Fault; one of Asia’s most active fault lines.
April 20th, 2014 marks a year since the 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Ya’an in Sichuan, on its heels of the six-year anniversary of the 8.0 magnitude Sichuan earthquake that struck Wenchuan further north. While the region was still working on the reconstruction efforts from the Wenchuan earthquake, the region was forced to shift its efforts towards saving lives in Ya’an. The resilient nature so ingrained in the people of Sichuan was challenged once again.
Immediately after the earthquake hit, Sichuan residents, aid workers, philanthropic organizations, and governments all around the world began to coordinate to bring emergency aid as quickly as possible to the region. At first, basic needs such as providing food, shelter, water, and health services in a difficult to access area were most pressing. Give2Asia worked with multiple organizations to coordinate the funds and resources in order to provide this emergency aid.
As the days slowly passed, the need for immediate and emergency aid gradually faded and Give2Asia started focusing its efforts towards longer term recovery projects. Having worked in China for many years with well-established local organizations, Give2Asia has formed many long and worthwhile friendships in China throughout the years. Give2Asia was able to use its robust network of partners and previous contacts to find out what the most pressing needs were for specific communities. This was done through our dialogue with people and organizations on the ground in Lushan and Ya’an. This approach, with Give2Asia acting as a bridge, ensures that the funds and re-sources are effectively distributed to provide needs that are most important to the communities at that specific place and time. Give2Asia’s strength and expertise is in understanding the local cultural context. With needs being so contextual and specific, Give2Asia ensures continued dialogue with our programs and partners on the ground to make sure the most effective approaches for long-term recovery projects are being employed through the entire project.
Long-term recovery projects are not glamorous and don’t attract headlines. Very rarely do irrigation projects, or teacher training programs ever make it to the news over the first responders and search and rescue teams. However, it is the long-term recovery effort that will determine the future mental and physical well-being, economic health, and character for the people of Sichuan and the region itself. As mentioned before, the people of Sichuan are resilient and adaptable and have been dealing with adverse circumstances for millennia. The people of the region know what needs to be done, thus Give2Asia’s goal in regards to long-term recovery from this earthquake is to ensure a greater and meaningful impact in its support to the people and community.
This report is a brief summary of a few notable grants and organizations Give2Asia supported in the relief and recovery effort of the 2013 Sichuan earthquake. We are extremely proud of the positive results of these projects, but also under-stand that much of the work has only just begun. While organizations like Give2Asia are working to provide education and healthcare, there is still an overall shortage of schools and hospitals in the area, many of them still needing attention after collapsing in the earthquake. Many people who witnessed the destruction of the earthquake, especially children, are experiencing psychological trauma and have no mental health experts to consult in these difficult times. Irrigation projects were disrupted and the ecology of the area was disturbed and farmers throughout the region are having difficulty with their crops. These issues, among others, are a direct result from the earthquake and can only be approached with a thoughtful long-term recovery strategy in mind. Give2Asia plans to remain a helpful resource for the people and organizations in the Sichuan region to help continue these rebuilding efforts with the voices and desires of the community as our compass.
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