ActionAid International USA

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Nov 23, 2016

Italy- 3 months on

A family home destroyed by the earthquake
A family home destroyed by the earthquake

On August 24, 2016, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck Italy. Nearly 300 people lost their lives and many more men, women and children were affected while aftershocks continued to impact the area. ActionAid’s experience in emergencies has shown that each community and each emergency has specific characteristics that need to be taken into account. For this reason, ActionAid’s intervention has placed the most vulnerable people at its center, allowing their needs to be identified and addressed. After withstanding two additional earthquakes on October 26 and October 30, the ActionAid team has continued their work in the disaster-stricken areas of Italy.

Thanks to your generous support, ActionAid was able to implement a timely response that helped get affected citizens’ needs addressed. In these first 75 days of recovery, ActionAid has supported and promoted coordination efforts between local organizations and authorities, citizens and institutions, through presence and facilitation of local dialogue, as well as through online and tech initiatives.

Based on the needs of the affected, three main areas of focus were put into action. First, was the need for an inclusive dialogue between citizens and institutions. ActionAid employed a mobile unit that traveled more than 5000km in 10 weeks, visiting more than 42 sites and allowed for 21 meetings with affected citizens – all totaled, 848 people and 22 different organizations were reached.

Second, ActionAid began supporting school populations in carrying out the second half of school year activities by signing an agreement with the Ministry of Education allowing ActionAid the accreditation to work in schools.

Finally, ActionAid, along with the help of 200 “digital activists,” created an information platform that matches the supply and demand of services needed and is able to monitor long-term reconstruction. This has resulted in over 100,000 views since its launch.

Our long term efforts will ensure the safety of all affected citizens, especially women and children, as the rebuilding process is just getting underway. As in all emergencies, we rely on the community itself to lead relief efforts and tell us what issues are most important to them. It is with that community learning that we enter our long term recovery work.

We couldn’t do any of this vital work with your generosity. Thank you for standing in solidary with the people of Italy when they need it most.

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Oct 26, 2012

Dhapo is happy on receiving shelter support

Dhapo, 32
Dhapo, 32

Dhapo is a widow. She has seven children (three daughters and four sons). A few years back, her husband died in a tragic accident while digging a well when he fell into it and was buried alive. She is a scheduled caste Hindu who is double marginalized: one for being a general minority and second for being a minority within the minority. She is leading a very difficult life as food insecurity remains a major cause of worry for her.

‘I am very glad to have a shelter (Chora) after my house was destroyed by heavy rainfall in the previous year (2011). I thank ActionAid and SAMI for taking care of my need of shelter. They also provided me food and non- food items in the very early days of flood devastation.” Said Dhapo.

After floods, I got seed support from SAMI and ActionAid, and was able to cultivate the crop. I want my children to study therefore I have to work much more than other fellow women. I weave caps and rilly(local shawl), do small jobs like making an earthen cooking pot and supporting other women in daily household chores.

This is how I provide for my children’s basic needs. I trust my Bhagwan (God) and remain hopeful of the good times ahead. I love to attend the REFLECT center where women discuss their issues, learn how to read and write and speak for women rights but mostly it is an opportunity to spare myself from multiple responsibilities of earning livelihood and running my home.

On recalling flood days, I feel scared of the fact that my children were crying with hunger and I really had nothing to offer them. I still wonder if SAMI and ActionAid had not come to our rescue and support, we could not have survived longer with hunger, homelessness and a chaos.’

Thank you for supporting our work in Pakistan!

ActionAid is an international anti-poverty agency working in 50 countries, taking sides with poor people to end poverty and injustice together. Together with more than 2,000 civil society partners worldwide, ActionAid works with and supports the poorest and most vulnerable people to fight for and gain their rights to food, shelter, work, basic healthcare and a voice in the decisions that affect their lives. View the website at www.actionaidusa.org.

Jun 5, 2012

Community women driving change!

Naseem Bibi
Naseem Bibi
In order to help poor people especially women to overcome the trauma and devastation of the 2010 floods, ActionAid provided immediate relief such as food rations, shelter materials, and hygiene kits to thousands of poor and vulnerable families, and cash support to women headed households to rebuild their homes, grow food (kitchen gardens), and set up small shops and businesses (livelihood).  ActionAid’s village schools provided an opportunity to many children to resume their education which also helped in their emotional healing.
 
Most important, we supported women to understand their rights in the post emergency situation and demand access to government’s compensation program (Watan cards). In Kot Adu (South Punjab), women groups that had been formed with the support of ActionAid as part of long term work, were supported to launch an advocacy campaign to claim their right to equal compensation.
 
Members of Tareemat Sanjh (community women’s groups) organized rallies, press conferences and sit-ins with the support and participation of Haali Sanjh (community men’s group), local civil society activists, and other flood affected people. 
 
"We were very active in Tareemat Sanjh groups even before the floods came. We used to meet regularly and discuss our problems. After the floods we saw an opportunity to reorganize and lobby the local government to ensure equal and timely compensation for flood hit women" tells 32 years old Naseem Bibi from village Basti Langah, an active member of Tareemat Sanjh.
 
With the legal support provided by ActionAid’s local partner Hirrak development Centre, women activists from Tareemat Sanjh were able to file a writ petition in the High Court, which was followed by a series of public demonstrations and press conferences. As a result of social and legal action, the court gave a verdict in community’s favour and hundreds of households, including women headed families were included in the government’s compensation program.
 
"This is a big achievement for us. How long can we depend on relief items being distributed by NGOs? We want to be included in the government’s beneficiary list so that we are eligible for all future compensation programs and benefits. We want long term solution to the problem. This is our right". Says Naseem.  
 
 
*Thank you so much for your continuing support, ActionAid will retire this project soon. Please support our other projects on Global Giving or visit our website at www.actionaidusa.org to learn more about our work in Pakistan and around the world.  
 
 
 
 
   

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