The International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross and Red Crescent response to emergencies. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation's disaster response system and increases the ability of National Societies to respond to disasters.
Period covered by this update: 20 April to 30 May, 2009.
Summary: CHF 58,070 (USD 51,113 or EUR 38,518) was allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 20 April, 2009 to support the Gabonese Red Cross Society in delivering assistance to some 800 beneficiaries.
The funds allocated enabled the Gabonese Red Cross Society to distribute non-food items to some 800 beneficiaries (160 families) affected by violent winds in Libreville and Mouila. Red Cross volunteers also intensified the sensitization of the populations to the measures to be taken during violent winds. In addition to the non-food items, Red Cross volunteers also distributed CFA F 10,000 (CHF 25) to each of the 160 families, which they used to buy corrugated iron roofing sheet metals and/or bags of cement to help restore the houses that have been damaged.
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
Since the end of February, Gabon was exposed to torrential rains accompanied by floods and violent winds, particularly in Libreville and in the localities of Mouila council. So far, the hundreds of affected people have been assisted by the Gabonese Red Cross Society alone, with the funds allocated from the DREF. The proposed plan of action is being implemented as planned. Non-food items have been distributed, and sensitization sessions are ongoing to help reduce the risks of violent winds. There are many more affected people awaiting relief assistance, and Gabon Red Cross authorities are pursuing their advocacy activities before Government to make sure that the other vulnerable people are assisted.