The Pakistani people endured a major earthquake in 2005, devastating floods in 2010 and 2011 and ongoing political instability- the only thing certain about their future is that it will involve hardship. Aid workers often struggle to gain access to Pakistan in times of humanitarian crises due to instability, and it is vital that local capacity to prepare for disasters and deliver life-saving aid is developed.
Pakistan's only future lies with reinforcing from within, developing the capacity of its organisations and people to become more resilient to the difficulties they will inevitably face. RedR's Pakistan programme trains aid workers to be better at their jobs providing the basic, life-saving essentials for people in need.Increasingly, our work focuses on embedding knowledge and skills at community level - because when there is a disaster, your neighbour is always the first on the scene.
The future of humanitarianism is one of localism and communities. By building the capacity of Pakistani organisations and people to respond to disasters, RedR is enabling people otherwise written off as helpless victims to take control of their own future. In the long term this will mean a more efficient, effective system that saves lives.