Help the most vulnerable to prepare for emergencies
In communities around the world living in extreme poverty, it is often women and children who suffer the most when emergencies strike.
East Africa is facing one of the worst crises on record with 20 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia facing severe hunger and water shortages. Families have been forced to flee their homes in search of water for themselves and their livestock. This is only going to get worse due to the climate crisis.
Right now, around the world, families are living through drought and natural disasters. Countless others have left everything they know behind to escape from ongoing violence and war in places like Ukraine and Afghanistan.
Your monthly gift could provide families impacted by humanitarian crises with shelter, food and first aid.
€3 a month could train local women to provide first aid when disasters strikeDonate Now
€5 a month could provide a family with nourishing meals during an emergencyDonate Now
€10 a month could provide hygiene kits during emergenciesDonate Now
Putting Women First In Emergency Response
Maryan outside her home in Somaliland (Credit: Mahelder Haileselassie/ActionAid)
When disaster strikes, the rate of Gender Based Violence increases drastically, and women and girls are at severe risk of physical and sexual abuse. In times of droughts, like we are witnessing right now in East Africa, young girls must walk further to get clean water which puts them at greater risk of being harmed. Girls are often forced to drop out of school and marry young in order to provide for their families. Their health is also put at risk by becoming young mothers.
Women trained by ActionAid to be leaders in emergencies are providing first hand, emergency response including running protection services and first aid support at safe spaces.
Training women in vulnerable communities on how to prepare and respond when disasters strike is vital. When disasters strike, ActionAid-trained women leaders are on the ground, ready to respond. It is essential that there are women on the ground responding to emergencies for women’s issues and Gender Inequality to be recognised and addressed.
How your donation will be used
Every donation counts, and we’re grateful for whatever you can afford. A one-off donation is a fantastic start, but it’s crucial we can be there for women in the long term — whatever it takes. From creating safe spaces for women and children in conflicts to making sure women are part of essential crisis-response decision-making, your support could transform entire communities and save lives.
*Your donation will fund ActionAid’s work with women and girls wherever the need is greatest. All of our audited accounts are available to view here, as well as details on our finances.