HelpAge International (HelpAge) is a global network of not-for-profit organisations with a vision of a world where older people fulfil their potential to lead active, dignified, healthy and secure lives. Responses to political and natural emergencies are managed either through the local office supported by the Humanitarian Team (HuT) or by HuT directly (the first applies in this case). These may be both “rapid onset” and long term. HelpAge International participates in most UK Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) responses to major emergencies through the membership of Age UK.
Dewaki, 63 Dewaki is 63 years old. She lives in the Nukawot district of Nepal. When the earthquake struck on 25 April 2015, her life was torn apart.
It was just before midday when the ground began to shake violently beneath Dewaki. She was sitting outside with her husband, sheltering from the sun close to her home.
The scale of humanitarian need: humanitarian needs in 2014 and the outlook for 2015 continue the upward trend of the last decade. In 2014, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that the numbers of forcibly-displaced people reached 59.5 million2 (of which 19.5 million are refugees and 38.2 million internally displaced), the highest level since records began.
Nairobi/Juba, HelpAge International and its partner Islamic Relief, on Wednesday 27 May 2015, launch a three year programme in Juba, South Sudan to support badly malnourished older people in Warrap State.
Funded by the German Government, the project will target to provide food vouchers and/or food baskets to older people in one of the most affected States by the ongoing internal conflict that has left more than 1.4 million people displaced.
By Sarah Marzouk
We're working with our local partners to support older people affected by the Nepal earthquake, which struck on 25 April, killing over 7,000 people and affecting more than 8 million.
We estimate that around 650,000 older women and men in Nepal have been affected by the disaster.
We're carrying out rapid assessments and distributing cash transfers. By the end of the week, we will have started distributing cash to 10,000 older people and their families.
By Sarah Marzouk
On Saturday 25 April, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal between Kathmandu and Pokhara.
A strong aftershock on Sunday caused further panic and frustrated efforts to reach survivors.
Death toll rising rapidly
Based in Nairobi, Kenya
HelpAge International's (http://www.helpage.org) vision is one of a world where older people fulfil their potential to lead active, dignified, healthy and secure lives.
£36,093 gross per annumplus benefits
2 years fixed term (possible extension)
Full time post
Based in Pretoria, South Africa with extensive regional travel