90% of natural disaster-related deaths occur in poor countries
Last year 337 natural disasters were reported claiming lives of more than 22,452. More than 90 percent of these deaths occur in developing countries, where poverty and lack of resources exacerbate the suffering. African Development Trust works in many of these countries, preparing for disasters before they happen and responding quickly when they do.
When disaster strikes, African Development Trust is there to help.
Disasters and conflict disrupt the lives of millions of people every year. African Development Trust works has supported projects in many countries around the world, so we are able to respond to emergencies fast and make sure help gets to where it is needed most.
For example when earthquake hit Kashmir 2005 African Development Trust was the first to reach with help and the only organisation that reached the most inaccessible part of the state.
African Development Trust strategy
The first strategy: is to meet people’s basic needs, including food, water, sanitation, shelter and health care. African Development Trust emergency capacity – funds, resources, volunteers, staff and partner organisations – allows us to provide fast, effective assistance.
Second strategy: is to tackle the long-term problem. African Development Trust expands its income generation programmes to distribute livestock, seeds, tools, and more. This helps people rebuild their lives and sustains them in the long-term.
Third strategy: is to reduce vulnerability to emergencies by working with communities to help them become better at predicting, preparing for and responding to disasters like floods, food shortages and conflict related emergencies. Because when emergencies, like drought or conflict, happen repeatedly it is difficult for people to work and support their families. This puts them at greater risk in the future, making them less able to cope when an emergency strikes. For vulnerable communities, any disaster can be catastrophic.
Fourth strategy: After an emergency African Development Trust moves from emergency relief to recovery to ensure that communities are not dependent on hand-outs, but are able to help themselves. For example, in Kashmir following the devastating floods African Development Trust provided food, water and shelter to those in need. But we also supported with income generation scheme to help people re-establish their livelihoods.
Please give to our Emergency Relief Fund. This helps us ensure that money is available immediately in a disaster.
Water and Sanitation
Diarrhoea kills more children every year than AIDS, malaria and measles combined. (WHO) 884 million people across the world do not have access to clean water, this equates to nearly one in eight people worldwide. (WHO/UNICEF) 2.5 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation, this equates to approximately two out of every five people across the world. (WHO/UNICEF). The priorities of ADT are:
- Providing people with access to clean water;
- Educating communities on good hygiene, reducing the spread of disease
As well as providing clean water in emergencies, ADT works to improve water supply, sanitation and hygiene to stop the spread of diseases in vulnerable communities worldwide. We also lead education programmes promoting good health and hygiene.
Following the devastating famine in Somalia ADT constructed water wells in the affected areas. We also constructed many public latrines in the IDP camps in Mogadishu.
At ADT we are working hard to deliver the most basic necessities of life – food, water, shelter, healthcare and education – to children and their parents in desperate need in many parts of the world.
But what haunts me is the knowledge that so many children still have absolutely nothing.
Every day many children die needlessly, just because they are poor and have no one to turn to.
It does not cost a lot to change an orphaned child’s life. High protein foods to prevent malnutrition,
vaccines against killer diseases, seeds to grow vegetables – these things cost just pennies. Yet they can mean the difference between life and death. And, an education means a hope for the future.
As a father myself, I have been thinking about this a great deal recently, because of the enormous rise
in the number of orphans. Natural disasters, such as the devastating drought in east Africa and conflicts in Somalia, South Sudan and Burundi continue to take countless lives. All over the world, diseases and poverty are killing hundreds of thousands of adults a year. Every day, poverty also kills even more innocent civilians, leaving their children alone and destitute.
How African Development Trust Supports
African Development Trust supports poor girls and widows with a minimum necessary expenditure. African Development Trust grant-in-aid meets the expense of bridal clothes, few ornaments for the bride and simple marriage dinner. We also create awareness of simplifying the marriage by denying the baseless culture which is depriving the grace of marriage for many young poor girls and boys.