From natural disasters to armed conflicts, Global Communities provides humanitarian assistance to communities in need. We partner with affected communities to provide immediate relief and provide this relief in ways to enable communities to recover quicker, build back safer, and restart livelihoods sooner.
From decades of experience in development, Global Communities knows that in the process of providing immediate assistance, we need to consider the long-term recovery of a community. This means we develop innovative programs that meet immediate needs while laying the foundation for longer-term recovery. We provide holistic assistance that focuses on restarting livelihoods, increasing access to financial services, rebuilding houses and communities, and providing psychosocial support to help families recover from the trauma of disaster. We work with communities by walking alongside them in the long road from immediate disaster aftermath until a community has rebuilt and recovered.
Our work focuses on three main areas:
Global Communities' transitional shelters are durable temporary homes that meet international standards and enable a family to live and thrive during the phase between tents and tarpaulins in the immediate aftermath of a disaster and permanent, fully constructed housing. These are built using community input and often incorporate surviving pieces of a family’s home to minimize disruption. Global Communities is a recognized global leader in transitional shelter.
Global Communities recognizes that rebuilding livelihoods and restarting economic activity is a critical component for disaster-affected families as they restart their lives. Without livelihoods support or widespread economic recovery, the economy of a community can suffer for many years following disaster. By helping families rebuild their livelihoods through short-term employment or longer-term vocational training, Global Communities livelihoods programming is designed to help families become less reliant on humanitarian aid and more proactive agents in their recovery process.
Global Communities incorporates elements of risk reduction into all our programs. We realize that climate change, population growth, and environmental degradation will lead to increasing numbers of disasters in the future. By helping communities better prepare for these disasters now, they will be better placed to cope and rebuild when the next disaster comes. Global Communities' risk reduction is designed to help build safer, more resilient communities.
Global Communities is currently working with disaster-affected communities in Colombia, Haiti, South Sudan, Pakistan, Gaza, Kenya and Ethiopia.