Thursday 1 February 2018
Tearfund, this week, celebrates the completion of 108 model houses in Palung, in the Makwanpur region of Nepal. Tearfund was one of the first agencies to start building permanent, earthquake-resilient shelters following the 2015 earthquake, which killed nearly 9,000 people, injured 22,000 and left millions homeless. With Nepal positioned in a zone of high seismic activity, the familiar maxim ‘prepare for the worst, hope for the best’ should be considered sound advice.
During the flooding in Bangladesh, Bibha’s house was washed away. With her family she managed to take shelter in a neighbouring house.
Both she and her eldest daughter fell sick with a fever. With the roads destroyed around Kurigram she had no way to get to the health centre to get help.
Bibha’s husband is a labourer, but during monsoon season he doesn’t have any work and the whole family has to survive on only one meal a day. Now their circumstances had just got much worse.
by Andrew Horton
Over the last year, the eyes of the world have occasionally turned to Yemen. And when they’ve turned, they’ve seen and wept at the crisis and desperation. But fixing focus has been harder. That focus is what is needed, according to Tearfund’s Middle East Response Director, Kieren Barnes.
With over 700,000 cases of cholera affecting over 90 per cent of the country, and a conflict that has devastated lives, and destroyed much of its infrastructure and economy, this is a nation on its knees.
Jo Khinmaung-Moore, Tearfund’s Senior Policy Adviser on climate change and energy explains what’s happening in the flood-hit areas, why the flooding is so bad this time and how Tearfund (and you) can make a long-term difference.
How bad are the floods?
The current floods are the worst in decades and are happening across a larger area than tends to be affected during the monsoon. An estimated 24 million people have been affected so far.
How has this flooding occurred?
AT A GLANCE
- 16 million people affected
- 10,000 homes destroyed and 100 schools closed in Nepal
- Nearly 3,000 villages underwater in Assam state, India
- More than 600,000 people forced to flee their homes in Bangladesh
- Tearfund’s local partners on the ground now
Hundreds of people have been killed and millions left without shelter by extensive flooding across India, Nepal and Bangladesh.
Tearfund’s Country Representative in Sierra Leone speaks of the terrible destruction he has witnessed, following the terrible flooding and landslides – as well as ‘a great outpouring of love’ in the affected areas.
Tearfund is currently working closely with its local partners in Sierra Leone to plan a response to this week’s deadly landslides, which have killed hundreds, possibly thousands of people.
The following is a press release (408.34 kB) signed by 35 INGO's working in the Central African Republic
Bangui, August 11th 2017
Following the escalation of violence in many parts of the country, NGOs signatories, members of the INGO Coordination Committee (CCO) in the Central African Republic (CAR) call for an increased protection of civilians and an improved humanitarian access to allow the affected population access to vital aid.
As NGOs working across CAR, we witness the impact of violence on the civilian population on a daily basis:
COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE
RCA : Le regain de violence contre les civils menace la fourniture de l’aide humanitaire essentielle et la survie des populations fragilisées par la crise.
People fearing for their lives in the Central African Republic (CAR) have taken refuge in churches.
According to the UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, around 1,000 people have fled their homes following violent clashes between armed groups in the last week.
A local journalist reported at least 22 people were killed in the latest attacks in the Zemio area (to the south-east of the country) – the same area in which churches are sheltering frightened locals.
The cholera epidemic in Yemen is intensifying with around 300,000 people now thought to be infected.
According to the UN more than 1,700 associated deaths have been reported, with 7,000 new cases each day.
Over two years of conflict have left Yemen's health, water and sanitation systems in crisis.
What is cholera?
Cholera is an infectious bacterial disease of the small intestine. It’s typically contracted from infected water supplies and causes severe vomiting and diarrhoea. It can be fatal within hours if left untreated.
Famine has officially ended in South Sudan thanks to a surge in humanitarian aid. Yet, the number of people at risk of starvation in the country has increased. Meagre harvests and soaring food prices are being compounded by an ongoing conflict, which began more than three years ago.
Tearfund and our partners are continuing to respond, working hard to tackle the food crisis. The need is still great and there are many more people we can reach. Across East Africa, 23 million people are in need of food assistance.
This policy-to-practice paper builds on the ‘Time to move on: National perspectives on transforming surge capacity’ report commissioned by four Charter4Change signatories CAFOD, Christian Aid, Islamic Relief and Tearfund as part of their work with the Start DEPP Transforming Surge Capacity Project, and written by Andy Featherstone –. It is intended to provide the humanitarian HR community with practical guidance relating to the implementation of the report’s main recommendations.
We the undersigned organisations call upon UN Security Council members to take action to bring about an immediate ceasefire in Yemen, end the humanitarian crisis and support the UN Special Envoy's efforts towards an inclusive political solution to the conflict.
Editor's note: The following joint statement was issued on April 25th by seven international humanitarian organizations operating in Yemen, namely Action Against Hunger, Médecins du Monde, Norwegian Relief Council, Saferworld, Save the Children, Tearfund, and War Child. Action Against Hunger republished the statement on May 2, 2017 in light of new warnings from the United Nations against possible attacks on Hudaydah port.
Introduction and purpose of the research
It is widely believed that the practice of INGOs recruiting national staff, particularly in support of humanitarian response, can undermine national NGO capacity, but there has been very limited analysis about the ways in which it affects local NGOs’ ability to respond to crises themselves or the impact that it has on their ability to retain high quality staff.
This statement is made on behalf of Save the Children and 16 NGOs, comprised of national, regional and international human rights and humanitarian civil society actors, including organizations that provide humanitarian assistance and support to vulnerable children and families in Yemen.
We are concerned by the rapidly deteriorating situation in Yemen as highlighted in the High Commissioner’s oral update on the implementation of Human Rights Council resolution 33/16 of October 2016.2
27 humanitarian agencies working in South Sudan have warned that unless substantial funds are immediately provided to those working on the ground, organisations will struggle to stop famine spreading across the country in the next few months. The statement follows Monday’s declaration of famine in parts of the country.
A violent eight-year conflict originating in Nigeria has intensified in the last four years and spread across borders into Niger, Chad and Cameroon, resulting in Africa’s biggest humanitarian and protection crisis.
Monday 23rd January 2017: statement by 97 Syrian and international NGOs on the Astana talks
As peace talks commence today between the Syrian government and opposition groups in Astana, Kazakhstan, at least 700,000 people inside Syria – 300,000 of them children – are trapped in besieged areas without the most basic provisions to sustain their lives, according to the United Nations. Some groups put the number at one million.