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.
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.