Summary: CHF 53,230 (USD 50,217 or EUR 36,459) was allocated from the IFRC's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 17 March 2010 to support the Burundi Red Cross Society (BRCS) in delivering assistance to some 990 beneficiaries affected by floods.
In February 2010, heavy rains followed by hailstorms destroyed houses and field crops in the Cibitoke Province. BRCS immediately appealed for funding support to carry out a relief operation.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) provided CHF 53,230 from its DREF to BRCS relief operation aimed at assisting the displaced families. A total of 198 households severely affected by heavy rains and hailstorms have been assisted with non-food items (NFI), fruit and vegetable seeds.
BRCS relief activities were carried out as planned and Red Cross volunteers had an opportunity to demonstrate their abilities in organising the distribution of NFI's, and therefore constitute a reference for other humanitarian assistance programmes. Beneficiaries of the operation appreciated the support of the National Society through which they have managed to re-build their livelihoods.
The operation was successful although with some challenges, which include the low level or lack of awareness among communities regarding the importance of fruits and vegetables nutritional status; the lack of sufficient experience and training of the volunteers in the assessment domain and the management of disaster situations. However, at the end of the DREF operation the assistance was very successful despite the constraints. This has been a valuable lessons learnt for future operations. The DREF operation has also been a good opportunity for BRCS to widely disseminate its mandate, and Red Cross and Red Crescent principles and values. The stakeholders have now a fair understanding of the BRCS criteria on beneficiary targeting and selection despite some misunderstanding in some intervention areas.
The major donors to the DREF are the Irish, Italian, Netherlands and Norwegian governments and ECHO. Details of all donors can be found on: http://www.ifrc.org/what/disasters/responding/drs/tools/dref/donors.asp