In the space of just two weeks, storms ‘Norma’ and ‘Miriam’ have brought torrential rain, freezing winds and snow to Lebanon, leaving Syrian refugee settlements under flood water. Concern has been providing vital support to vulnerable families.
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Cash is revolutionising the way that humanitarian aid is being delivered. Somalia is a prime example of this, where in coordination with donors such as European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) and Irish Aid, Concern is finding innovative ways to ensure that those most in need are reached while empowering them along the way.
50 years of experience has taught us that one of the most effective ways to get work done — especially in conflict-affected countries — is to work through local partners. Finding the right partners is key, and helping them to develop and strengthen their own systems is vital.
In August 2017, mudslides caused by heavy rain killed over 500 people in Freetown, Sierra Leone. More than 600 people were left unaccounted for and thousands were displaced from their homes. With your support, we were able to immediately activate our distribution teams to deliver essential items, including clean water, to some of the worst affected communities.
Since August 2017, targeted violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar’s Rakhine State has forced over 700,000 people – almost half of whom are children – to seek safety in neighbouring Bangladesh. As the number of Rohingya refugees continues to rise, this is now the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis.
Heavy rains have caused flash floods and mudslides in several parts of Freetown, Sierra Leone with hundreds dead and many more homeless.
Concern is delivering an emergency response in Bangladesh following yesterday’s disastrous landslides that have so far killed 135 people and left thousands homeless.
Grand Vide, in a remote corner of La Gonâve island’s west coast, was hard hit when Matthew passed over Haiti’s southern peninsula into the gulf where the country’s largest island sits. But their struggles have gone largely unnoticed by the world.