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Disaster Relief


Natural Disasters Intensify the Cycle of Poverty

Natural disasters are a major cause of poverty and a severe detriment to escaping its vicious cycle. When disaster strikes, it is the poor who suffer most because they live on marginal lands and their houses are poorly equipped to cope with the impact of catastrophes. In the aftermath of a disaster they lose their homes, crops and livestock and often have to flee with nothing more than the clothes on their back.

Developing nations often suffer disproportionately from the effects of natural disasters because they have less developed infrastructure and emergency-response plans to reduce vulnerability. Natural disasters can have a life-altering impact on the poor in developing nations where they don't have the support they need to recover from crisis.

Did you know

each year natural disasters affect more than 200 million and push 26 million people into poverty

what we do

In times of disaster, we Respond, Recover and Rebuild. We help the most vulnerable sections of society survive in the immediate aftermath and rebuild their lives and communities long-term. In recent times, we have helped hundreds of thousands of people affected by natural disasters in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar and Bangladesh.

  • Respond

    Immediately following a natural disaster — and sometimes while it is still ongoing — we respond as quickly and as effectively as possible. Though transportation is often difficult in affected areas, we do everything we can to reach those most in need with life-saving assistance such as food, water and shelter, helping victims survive the disaster. We work in close coordination with local government leaders to ensure that we provide the right aid to the right people at the right time.

  • Recover

    We also aid in the recovery of those impacted by natural calamities by providing them dry ration items, clothes, hygiene supplies, blankets, mosquito nets, tarpaulins for making tents, solar lights and school supplies to help children return to school almost immediately. Outbreaks of infectious diseases due to poor sanitation, lack of safe drinking water and contaminated food commonly follow natural disasters. To keep them protected from these diseases, we concentrate on delivering free medicines and medical care to displaced families.

  • Rebuild

    Besides providing immediate relief, we also stay on to meet the long-term needs of disaster victims by helping them rebuild their lives and livelihoods. For instance, in the eastern coastal region of India devastated by a super cyclone in 1999 and Cyclone Phailin in 2013, Believers Eastern Church built hundreds of new houses for the victims.

major emergency responses

  • monsoon floods, 2017

    40.4 tons of relief supplies distributed among the flood-affected people in Sri Lanka, India and Nepal

  • nepal earthquake, 2015

    Tens of thousands helped with food supplies, water, medicines, blankets, plastic sheets to make tents, school supplies, mosquito nets and more.

  • cyclone hudhud, 2014

    22.3 tons of dry ration supplies and drinking water distributed among the survivors of the cyclone in Andhra Pradesh

  • jammu & kashmir floods, 2014

    29.6 tons of relief supplies, medicated mosquito nets, clothes distributed.

  • cyclone phailin, 2013

    300 sturdy brick homes built for those who lost everything in Cyclone Phailin in Orissa; 30.8 tons of relief materials distributed

  • uttarakhand floods, 2013

    20.6 tons of relief supplies, first aid kits and other essential items provided to victims of the flood

stories of hope

  • A Distressed Family Receives Timely Help to Tide Over Dire Straits

    When a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on 25th April 2015, killing 9, 000 people...

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  • Prakash Lost Everything in a Deadly Cyclone, But Now He Has a House of His Own

    Prakash Nayak was one among the thousands of those who had lost everything in Cyclone...

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