Moving Forward Amidst the Floods
Relief efforts are focused on providing life-saving assistance to tens of thousands of people affected by recent floods, but communities are also making their own strides toward recovery.
CHIKWAWA, Malawi, 23 January 2015 – When disasters strike, governments and aid organizations rush in to provide emergency relief by the best available route. Shelter materials and life-saving supplies are brought in by truck or helicopter; essential medicines are biked or boated to those in need; and temporary classrooms are put up where there is shade and safe space.
But there is a lesser known, but often more widespread, kind of action in an emergency. It’s the action that comes from people and communities themselves – endeavours in the face of great odds from those whose lives have been turned upside down.