Disaster Preparedness

Aug 20, 2020
Global Communities and PCI, a Global Communities Partner, have implemented community-driven humanitarian assistance programs for decades, responding to the needs of millions of families in countries around the globe. From natural disasters, to armed conflict, to social and economic upheaval, we are there to meet the humanitarian needs of vulnerable people affected by crisis. We work in partnership with a range of community stakeholders, both public and private, to enable communities to recover from crisis, rebuild safely, and restart livelihoods sooner, laying the foundation for long-term recovery. Global Communities, known locally as CHF International, has deep roots in Lebanon, where we have worked to... Read more
Aug 02, 2018
Supporting Communities’ Disaster Resilience Drawing on decades of experience, Global Communities partners with communities to recover after natural disasters by addressing long-term needs and rebuilding climate-resilient infrastructure. As a leader in community development and community engagement, Global Communities works with communities to strengthen their environmental resilience through climate change adaptation planning and disaster risk mitigation. At the center of all of our work is our proven Participatory Action for Community Engagement (PACE) approach, empowering communities to identify, prioritize and find solutions to their most pressing needs. Resulting resilience programming... Read more
Jul 11, 2018
Global Communities, DLA Piper, Hannover Re and Willis Towers Watson Team Up to Promote Resilience for Vulnerable Communities Exposed to Weather and Climate-related Risks July 11th, 2018, Berlin, Germany — Global Communities, DLA Piper, Hannover Re and Willis Towers Watson announced today that they are partnering to promote resilience for communities that are susceptible to weather-related risks. The partnership will jointly apply to KfW, the German government-owned development bank’s, InsuResilience Solutions Fund to enable insurance solutions for municipalities in Colombia that are among the most vulnerable and exposed to natural hazards. While national frameworks for disaster risk management and climate change adaptation exist, capacity at the local government and... Read more
Feb 23, 2017
Booklet: My Home as a Safe Space / Mi Casa Como Espacio Seguro The Knowledge and Risk Reduction Program, funded by USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, helped families to ensure their homes are safe places in the event of a natural disaster, such as floods and mudslides. The program was implemented in Medellin, Colombia. One aspect was the "Mi Casa Como Espacio Seguro" campaign “My home as a safe space,” which equipped families with a helpful booklet full of information and practices for ensuring their homes are resilient. The booklet was complemented by a poster designed for display in a home, which shows how many steps toward safety each home has taken.... Read more
Oct 20, 2016
Global Communities Programs in Haiti Global Communities began working in Haiti in 2006 to promote stability by creating jobs and rehabilitating much-needed infrastructure. In response to the devastating earthquake, which struck Haiti in January 2010, Global Communities implemented projects focusing on rubble removal, restoring livelihoods through cash-for-work, construction of transitional shelters and rebuilding of a neighborhood for those displaced by the disaster. Global Communities continues to help earthquake-affected residents through housing reconstruction and neighborhood-based urban planning.  Read more ... Read more
Aug 16, 2016
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A march to promote clean neighborhoods and the start of the awareness campaign against waste. Promoting Better Sanitation and Waste Management for Healthier Communities in Port-au-Prince, Haiti Christ-Roi, Cité Choune, and Ravine Pintade are three neighborhoods straddling the Nicolas Ravine, located in the heart of Port-Au-Prince, suffering from poor WASH and waste management practices. Trash, organic material, plastic, rubble and raw sewage densely litter the ravine, roads and walkways in these neighborhoods where sewage systems and waste management infrastructure are lacking. Education programs on environmental matters have been ineffective and inconsistent. Toilets drain into the street and waste blocks drains preventing the flow of water leading to stagnant, dirty... Read more
Feb 04, 2016
Global Communities' Humanitarian Assistance 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, we develop innovative programs that consider the longterm recovery of a community. Our assistance focuses on restarting livelihoods, increasing access to financial services, rebuilding homes and neighborhoods to help families recover from the trauma of disaster and conflict. Our work focuses on four main areas: Food Security and... Read more
Aug 17, 2015
Humanitarian Assistance 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, we develop innovative programs that consider the long-term recovery of a community. 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: Shelter and... Read more
Jan 15, 2015
Building Safer Houses in Port-au-Prince After an earthquake hit Haiti in January 2010, nearly 300,000 houses were damaged or destroyed. Global Communities is partnering with Build Change and the American Red Cross to train masons and foremen in Haiti how to build houses that are resistant to earthquakes, hurricanes, or other natural disasters. Through Lavi Miyo Nan Wasantha Pam (LAMIKA) meaning "a better life in my neighborhood" in Creole, young Haitians are receiving vocational training to prepare them for work in the construction field. Through this training not only do they learn about safe building practices which will allow them to help continue rebuilding the neighborhoods that were destroyed in the 2010 earthquake, they are also developing critical job skills which will enable... Read more
Jan 08, 2015
Remembering the Haiti Earthquake Five years on since the devastating Haiti earthquake of January 12, 2010, Global Communities is telling the stories of some of our Haitian friends who are working hard to improve their lives and livelihoods in spite of the challenges that the earthquake created and the day-to-day difficulties they face in Haiti. We are focusing on the stories of those we worked with before the earthquake, who have shown the resilience and determination to make their livelihoods sustainable throughout the post-earthquake period. Together, we celebrate what they have achieved and continue to achieve as partners for good. Bussy: A New Environment in Haiti Formerly disaster-prone and environmentally unstable, the neighborhood of Bussy is now an ecological gem of lush,... Read more
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