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06 Sep 2018 description
report NetHope

“Preparation through education is less costly than learning through tragedy.”

– Max Mayfield, former Director of the National Hurricane Center

By Frank Schott, Managing Director of New Program Development

Almost one year ago today, Hurricane Irma smashed into the leeward Caribbean Islands of Barbuda, Saint Martin, Anguilla, and the Virgin Islands. In the days following the hurricane, NetHope and its members and partners responded to restore communications capabilities in support of recovery efforts.

05 Sep 2018 description

Julien, one of the beneficiaries of TSF's help tells his story "As we approach September 6th, we are all stressed and hope for a quite cyclone season. A year on, a large number of people are still living in tents or under tarpaulins that serve as their roof. The population holds on and adapts ... " These are Julien’s words, a young entrepreneur, living in the district of Rambaud, on the island of Saint-Martin. He was one of the beneficiaries of TSF’s help but also one of the many victims who greatly helped our teams during their operations.

04 Sep 2018 description

Angel Buitrago is an IT officer in the World Food Programme (WFP)’s regional bureau in Panama. Here he provides a first-hand account of his use of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), or drones, during an emergency — and discusses the huge potential for this fast-evolving technology in tackling and preventing humanitarian catastrophes.

Hurricanes strike the Caribbean

When Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the Caribbean between August and September 2017, we decided to do a pilot with a single drone, to see if we could support assessments.

04 Sep 2018 description

Julien, un des bénéficiaires de l’aide de TSF raconte

16 Jul 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Recovery operations continue in Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, and other hurricane-affected countries in the Caribbean, after the September 2017 passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria

  • USAID/OFDA partner Samaritan’s Purse (SP) supports economic recovery in Dominica

  • Tropical Storm Beryl crosses Dominica on July 8–9, causing minimal damage

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

16 Jul 2018 description

Executive Summary

The year 2017 was poignantly marked by numerous humanitarian dramas around the world. From devastating natural disasters to deadly conflicts, Télécoms Sans Frontières has remained mobilised and adapted its response to the specific needs of the affected populations, introducing new and innovative means of providing communications aid.

30 Apr 2018 description

From January to December 2017 the Logistics Cluster has supported 512 organisations, including national and international NGOs, UN agencies, foundations, civil society organisations and government agencies across 13 operations.

06 Mar 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Situation in numbers

+357,000 children in need of assistance in Cuba, ECA, Haiti and Dominican Republic.

+39,000 children in need of assistance in ECA, with 20,000 children affected by Hurricane Maria in Dominica.

Highlights

  • In September 2017, category 5-hurricanes Irma and Maria caused devastation and extensive breakdown of essential services across several Caribbean countries, leaving at least 1.4 million people

18 Jan 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Almost four months since hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the Caribbean islands, the return of some critical services remains slow in some countries. In Dominica, only around 10 per cent of people, mainly in the cities of Roseau and Portsmouth, have access to electricity, while in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) only one fifth of the population has restored power.

17 Jan 2018 description

Wednesday, January 17, 2018– The Cabinet of the Virgin Islands has approved the expenditure of $442,000 to allow for the release of immediate funds to re-establish the National Early Warning System.

Governor Augustus Jaspert said the Premier and Members of his Cabinet have met and received an indication of what will be needed to bring the system back to a fully functional state.

14 Jan 2018 description

The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) has not been activated in response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean region. World Food Programme (WFP), in its capacity as global ETC lead, is supporting the response activities coordinated by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).

Highlights

04 Jan 2018 description

From responding to Hurricane Maria to announcing a unique way to fund our efforts to reduce maternal and newborn deaths, USAID was busy in 2017 ensuring its assistance to developing countries would have the greatest impact possible.

Check out USAID's list of 10 stories from last year that highlight just a few examples that demonstrate aid works.

See the photostory here

25 Dec 2017 description

This Operation Update Report No. 3 reflects the current situation in Cuba and the progress achieved in planned activities. The activities under Water and Sanitation will no longer be conducted as other actors in the country such as UNICEF and other UN agencies in coordination with the local authorities are covering these needs. The Emergency Appeal is currently being revised and these changes will be reflected. The revised Emergency Appeal will be focused in carrying out roof repairs in coordination with the local authorities.

A. Situation Analysis

22 Dec 2017 description

Alistair Burt thanks DFID aid workers who have been helping to get emergency support in 2017 to those that so urgently need it

Brave humanitarian workers based in Kemble, Gloucestershire, are the unsung heroes of 2017 for the role they played in Britain’s rapid responses to three major humanitarian catastrophes this year, the Minister for International Development Alistair Burt has said.