Mar 15, 2016

Update: Nepal Earthquake Humanitarian Response Fund

On April 25 and May 12 2015 Nepal was rocked by two devastating 7.8 and 7.3 magnitude earthquakes. CARE is working with partners to deliver emergency relief in four of the worst affected areas of Nepal: Gorkha (55,370 individuals), Sindhupalchowk (22,543 individuals), Dhading (35,553 individuals) and Lamjung (12,689 individuals). CARE’s emergency response is focused on providing lifesaving shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene, reproductive health, gender-based violence and livelihood assistance, helping communities recover in the months and years to come. So far, CARE has reached over 130,000 people (including those in the Kathmandu area).

Shelter: CARE is providing shelter assistance to families whose homes are heavily damaged or destroyed. Some 10,000 people have already received emergency shelter supplies

Water, Sanitation and Hygene: CARE has distributed water purification tablets, built emergency latrines, provided hand washing facilities and carried out hygiene promotion amongst the affected communities. To date, CARE has reached nearly 6,500 people.

Reproductive Health:  As part of our emergency response to earthquake areas, CARE has distributed reproductive health kits with information related to maternal health to health facilities and pregnant women and oriented them on the usage of health kits. We have provided transitional homes and maternity tents for women and girls and equipped birthing centers with essential equipment and supplies.

Gender Based Violence: In times of crisis after natural disasters such as the Nepal earthquakes, incidents of gender-based violence (GBV) can increase. As part of our emergency earthquake response, CARE has created friendly spaces in a number of areas where women can go to at any time to feel safe and empowered and have access to information, education, recreational activities, support and services. 

Livelihoods and Food Security: Some 2.8 million people were affected, with livelihoods and sources of income destroyed, lost or disrupted. Of these, 20,000 people have been identified as most vulnerable. Working closely with our local partners, CARE has begun assisting vulnerable families with financial support to restore such livelihoods as vegetable farming, rice production and other income-generating activities. CARE is also providing a variety of vegetable seeds along with weatherproof storage bags to families. To date, CARE has reached 1,156 individuals with food and 5,597 individuals with livelihoods

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Mar 14, 2016

UPDATE: Syrian Refugee Crisis

CARE is working to help Syrians meet their most urgent needs and protect their dignity. We are on the ground in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Yemen and Syria, collaborating with partners and helping people displaced by the conflict and the communities hosting them. Here's an overview of the assistance we've been able to provide:

THE BALKANS

CARE has expanded its assistance for refugees crossing into Serbia and Croatia, hoping to make their way into the EU. Over the past weeks, CARE has reached approximately 3,500 refugees with much needed emergency assistance.

 “To reach safety refugees have to endure a dangerous, ever changing gauntlet. They constantly have to change their routes, and persevere in terrible conditions. For aid organizations it is extremely important to remain flexible so we can continue to reach people where they are most in need,” says Felix Wolff, CARE’s Balkan Director. 

JORDAN

ESTIMATED NUMBER OF REFUGEES: 630,000

CARE set up refugee centres in East Amman, Zarqa, Irbid, and Mafraq, as well as providing community services in the Azraq refugee camp. CARE is also partnering with two community-based organisations in Azraq town. CARE volunteers, who are refugees themselves, assist in organizing and preparing distributions of relief supplies. We provide emergency cash assistance to pay for basic living costs, including rent, food, health services and essential household items. CARE also assists with vital information on how refugees can access further health, legal and social support. In addition, we are providing psychosocial assistance to women, men and children helping them to cope with their experience of violence, flight and loss of family and friends.

 LEBANON

ESTIMATED NUMBER OF REFUGEES: 1.13 MILLION

In Lebanon, CARE meets refugees’ most basic and pressing needs, mainly providing water, sanitation and hygiene assistance as well as non-food items and cash assistance in Beirut, Mount Lebanon and Northern Governorates. This includes the improvement of drainage systems, distribution of sanitary items, and the provision of hygiene sessions.

EGYPT

ESTIMATED NUMBER OF REFUGEES: 132,000+

CARE raises awareness among the refugees of sexual exploitation and other forms of gender-based violence to protect them from any form of abuse and raise awareness for legal regulations in Egypt in regards to violence. CARE also offers legal assistance to individual cases. 

YEMEN

ESTIMATED NUMBER OF SYRIAN REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS: UP TO 30,000

CARE Yemen has been supporting vulnerable displaced Syrians through the provision of enhanced emergency protection, shelter and non-food items. CARE Yemen aims to contribute to the better identification of the needs of displaced Syrians in Yemen, providing humanitarian actors with a detailed analysis of the number of Syrians in need of lifesaving assistance and how to best address their needs. CARE Yemen seeks to refer critical cases of displaced Syrians to specialised protection services. 

TURKEY

ESTIMATED NUMBER OF REFUGEES: 1.94 MILLION

Following the huge influx of Syrian refugees last fall, CARE immediately began assessing needs and coordinating with Turkish authorities and other organizations to support refugees with food, safe drinking water and hygiene items. CARE is doing its best to meet the most pressing needs of urban refugees in the border towns of southern Turkey.

SYRIA

Inside Syria, 12.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Approximately 6.5 million people are displaced within the country's borders and another 5,000 flee their homes every day. Through our partners, CARE is providing lifesaving emergency assistance to people affected by the conflict in Syria, reaching 182,000 to date. We have provided food, baby items, hygiene kits and winterization kits and other emergency supplies to families; psychological and social support to children; and equipment, medicine and support for hospital obstetric care.  

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Feb 5, 2016

UPDATE CARE Help Afghanistan Earthquake Victims

Thanks to your generous support, CARE is now working with partners to deliver emergency relief in Afghanistan.

Following joint assessments to identify the worst hit areas by the 7.5 magnitude earthquake on October 26th, 2015. Care started delivering emergency relief assistance to affected families. As of November 3rd, 2015 an estimated 9,703 houses were damaged and 5,612 houses were destroyed by earthquake (OCHA)

One Afghan father told CARE: “I have a big family of 15, including ten children and my parents. I am a poor shopkeeper and I’m not able to rebuild my house and buy assets and foods for coming winter. I need assistance from the government and other organizations. Thank God my family members are safe, but my children are scared as you can see the worries in their faces.”

The greatest needs right now are shelter, food, warm clothes, fire wood, house assets and psychological support. CARE started distributing crucial relief items yesterday to 98 households in central Afghanistan, including tents, solar lamps, blankets, cooking sets, hygiene kits, stove lighter and shovels, giving priority to women, disabled and elderly.

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