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©InfoAs an organisation which helps people in crisis, there are three complementary ways in which we work to reduce the impact of a disaster or conflict: resilience, relief and recovery. Our recovery work helps vulnerable people rebuild their lives after a disaster in a way which improves their ability to cope with future emergencies.
The speed, scope and cost of recovery all depend on pre-existing levels of poverty and vulnerability. We look very carefully at the local context, consider what a community will realistically be able to achieve and talk to the people who have been affected when considering how best to help.
The community will determine the pace of the recovery programme, what’s needed and when. We help households and communities develop sustainable ways of making a living, improve their living conditions, access drinking water and live in sanitary conditions.
Each project will use a combination of these livelihoods, shelter, and water and sanitation activities. For example, people may be taught construction skills to improve their livelihoods and then be paid to build shelters. A project focused on shelter may also improve the sanitation of an area through better drainage.
Our recovery work helps people rebuild in a way which improves their ability to cope with future disasters. For instance, in an area that is prone to cyclones, our shelter projects will build storm-proof houses. When helping people to develop their livelihoods, we ensure that a community is not reliant on one source of income alone.
During recovery programmes, we work with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
Where possible, we will work through the Red Cross or Red Crescent National Society of the country affected by the disaster. However, when the scale of a disaster is greater than a National Society’s ability to respond we may directly manage the recovery activities.
As well as helping communities recover, we build the capacity of the National Society to continue the work once a programme is over and to respond to similar situations in the future.
A person’s livelihood is how they make money and support themselves. Our recovery programmes help people rebuild their livelihoods in the wake of a crisis.
Our shelter work covers everything from distributing tents to building the foundations of a permanent home.
Our recovery programmes help ensure that people have access to drinking water and are able to live in sanitary conditions.
Luciana lost everything in the quake and struggled to provide for her baby, but with Red Cross help she is now thriving.
Sebastian is five months old and lost his mother in the Haiti earthquake.
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British Red Cross, UK Office, 44 Moorfields, London EC2Y 9AL Phone: 0844 871 11 11. Fax: 020 7562 2000.
The British Red Cross Society, incorporated by Royal Charter 1908, is a charity registered in England and Wales (220949) and Scotland (SC037738)
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