From natural disasters to armed conflicts, Global Communities provides humanitarian assistance to people in need. We partner with affected communities to provide immediate relief in ways that enable communities to quickly recover, build back more safely, and restart livelihoods sooner. In the process of providing immediate assistance, Global Communities considers the long-term recovery of a community. This means we develop innovative programs that lay the foundation for long-term recovery. Our assistance focuses on restarting livelihoods, increasing access to financial services, rebuilding homes and neighborhoods, and providing psychosocial support to help families recover from the trauma of disaster and conflict. Our work focuses on four main areas:
Global Communities is a recognized international leader in providing shelter to families. We call it “sheltering” because of the many forms our shelter assistance can take. Following disasters, Global Communities supports families living in a variety of contexts – rented apartments, with relatives or host families, or in their own house which they rebuild one room at a time. We are also widely known for our work in transitional shelter. Our transitional shelters are durable temporary homes that meet global 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.
Rebuilding livelihoods and restarting economic activity is a critical component for disaster-affected families as they restart their lives. Without support for livelihoods or widespread economic recovery, the economy of a community remains reliant on handouts and can stagnate for years following a disaster. Helping families rebuild their livelihoods through short-term employment or longer-term vocational training, enables them to become proactive agents in control of their own recovery process.
We incorporate risk reduction into all our programs to help build safer, more resilient communities. Changes in climate, population growth, and environmental degradation will lead to more and increasingly destructive disasters in the future. By helping communities prepare for these disasters now, through focusing on issues like food security and safe construction, we empower them to better cope and rebuild when the next disaster comes.
As the world becomes increasingly urbanized, disasters are striking cities more frequently, and traditional 20th century rural-based responses are not always effective. Global Communities is an international leader in 21st century urban disaster response, such as in Haiti or Gaza, and continues to develop programs that address an urban environment.