Responding to Disasters

When severe disasters strike in the countries where we work, AJWS provides immediate humanitarian relief and stays the course with long-term support for recovery—building more just and equitable societies that benefit people whose needs are often ignored.

The Problems

When disasters strike—from earthquakes to epidemics—people are left reeling, devastated by the loss of friends, family and homes, and by the loss of the lives they knew. In the immediate aftermath, they struggle to get the food, water and shelter that they need to survive.

Disasters also disrupt critical systems that people rely on, such as schools, medical care, jobs, and government services. In low-income countries, these systems are often weak before disasters strike, making repairing and rebuilding daunting.

Our Solutions

After disasters, AJWS responds rapidly—reaching out to our partners on the ground and mobilizing financial support from our donors. We listen to local organizations and activists who know their communities well, who advise us about ensuring that the right kinds of help reach those who need it most.

Beyond providing immediate humanitarian aid after a disaster; AJWS stays the course, investing in efforts to create lasting change as communities recover and rebuild. Read to learn more about our response to recent disasters, including the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the earthquake in Haiti, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and the earthquake in Nepal.

 

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More than 21,000 Ebola cases have been reported since the West African outbreak began in 2014.

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About 5 million people’s homes were destroyed or severely damaged after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in 2013.

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When a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, it displaced more than 1.5 million people from their homes.

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