Shelters for the vulnerable
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As of 2018, 68.5 million people were forcibly displaced. The UN Global Compact on Refugees, adopted in December 2018 recognises that ‘climate, environmental degradation and natural disasters increasingly interact with the drivers of refugee movements.’ Earthquakes and cyclones mean the loss of lives, homes and livelihood exposing the vulnerability of of low-income countries which suffer the biggest losses. A few weeks ago, a cyclone hit Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe leading to widespread flooding.
Aside from humanitarian aid, CARE’s shelter team designs projects tailored to contexts and the needs of communities. They organise the provision of cash, tools, materials and building kits to communities to build or repair their home. They also help organise urban planning of settlements.
YOUR DONATION WILL HELP…
Cash, materials and technical support for a family building their home
A durable house
The CHANGE MAKER
A chartered structural engineer by training, Tom leads a team providing expert advice and operational support to responses to humanitarian emergencies around the world. He is an emergency shelter specialist and has led or supported projects to provide emergency shelter or to reconstruct housing in Haiti, Nepal, Philippines, Jordan, Lebanon and elsewhere. He is a founding member of Engineers Without Borders UK.
WHY CARE INTERNATIONAL?
CARE is a leader in shelter response. They work with communities to design and construct new homes themselves by providing cash, some materials, and technical assistance. Their philosophy is to enable people to ‘self-recover’, taking control of rebuilding their lives. They improve their approach through research and innovation and to build safer and stronger home. They won the World Habitat award in 2017.
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