Disaster Relief Disaster Relief

Here are some of the highlights of FH’s Emergency Response Unit’s (ERU) work from 2012.

Horn of Africa Drought

In 2012, Kenya and Ethiopia faced a global food price crisis brought on by drought. Food for the Hungry worked with partner organizations to increase food and water supplies.

Kenya: 521,772 people

FH helped Kenyans in agriculture and food security, livestock, market rehabilitation and water projects. FH trained more than 12,000 refugees living in the Kakuma refugee camp on how to use fuel-efficient cook stoves to reduce smoke inhalation and wood consumption.

Ethiopia: 99,000 people

FH and partner organizations helped 99,000 people through programs that included seed distribution, water projects and hygiene promotion.

Other disasters

FEBEthiopia fires - provided housing materials to rebuild 23 houses.
MARUganda nodding disease - trained parents on disease identification, helped infected children receive healthcare and distributed tool kits to health promoters.
APRBurundi food security - distributed maize and beans to 3,056 people.
JUNUganda landslides - provided kits for water storage, soap, basins and blankets to 750 people.
AUGPhilippines flooding - ran a soup kitchen and provided water and medicine to 8,000 people.

The ERU also helped devastated communities rebuild their lives after disasters and wars. Here are some stories of renewed hope for people restarting their lives around the world.

Japan

Spreading the Gospel through love

Since March 11, 2011, the day a tsunami killed more than 15,000 people and left 590,000 homeless on Japan’s northeastern coastline, Food for the Hungry and other partners have supported a local church response in Sendai, a town where thousands were killed. With survivors living in temporary shelters, a multi-purpose Christian Community Center was constructed and is currently being used as a church and safe play area for children – helping local Japanese Christians live out the holistic Gospel.


Burundi

Rebuilding environments and education

Since 2008, FH has worked to reintegrate Burundian returnees from neighboring countries where they had fled as refugees from violence in Burundi. In the Ruyigi and Cankuzo provinces, FH has constructed primary schools, enrolled students in school, supported vegetable gardens and worked to end sexual and gender-based violence.


D.R. Congo

Restoring homes and communities

Since 2006, FH has reached more than 129,000 people in communities within Katanga province. After years of fleeing war violence, FH is helping to reintegrate people returning to their homes through income generating projects, road rehabilitation, water source rehabilitation, supporting health centers and more.