Natural Disasters are inevitable, and they often occur with little or no notice, and require immediate and effective response to prevent further loss of lives or damage. Cyclones, typhoons, earthquakes and tsunamis are forces of nature. Environment abuse has seen the increase in the frequency and intensity of natural disasters, and is expected to worsen, with Asia hosting 40% of the world’s natural disasters.
Humanity Matters shall collaborate with appropriate partners on disaster risk identification and mitigation, preparedness and response, rehabilitation and recovery for community resilience through its expertise, experience, innovation, resources and regional cross-sector networks. Humanity Matters shall constructively engage the untapped fourth sector – Faith sector, to help enhance disaster management and resilience of communities across Asia.
Developing nations, which are constantly besieged by natural or man-made disasters, commonly struggle to improve their prevailing economic and social standards.
As the world’s largest continent with 60% of the world’s population, Asia is rich in natural resources including petroleum, forests, fish, water, rice, copper and silver. While Asia has seen a significant reduction in man-made menaces, it is increasingly vulnerable to the increasing occurrence of natural disasters due to extreme weather and geological events.
Poverty breeds vulnerability. Hence, Humanity Matters’ sustainable development programme seeks to complement its disaster relief programme, emphasising on innovative or appropriate solutioning for community capacity building, empowerment and self-sustainability in the areas of water & sanitation, hygiene & healthcare, livelihood & education and social cohesion.