Make a difference and ensure the protection and safety of people with disabilities, so no one is left behind or excluded in an emergency response.
Current Emergency – Tonga
The eruption of the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano on 15 January has devastated the island nation of Tonga.
It appears to have been the most explosive eruption in 30 years, triggering a tsunami, and causing ash fall that has created widespread damage, contaminated water, and destroyed food crops. Air quality is also affected.
Communication with Tonga is limited and there is little information about the extent of the damage. This may not be the last eruption.
cbm is currently assessing the needs and engaging with other responding agencies to ensure the most vulnerable are included in recovery efforts. Needs include food, drinking water, access to water and sanitation services.
Please will you give an urgent emergency gift to help vulnerable children and adults who are without essential supplies such as food and clean water.
Current Emergency – Typhoon Rai – The Philippines
On 16 December, Super Typhoon Rai hit the Philippines affecting more than 16 million people across five regions.
With winds of about 195kmh and gusts of up to 270kmh, at least 375 people are known to have died with some 400,000 people running for safety.
Widespread destruction of homes, buildings, power, and communications has hit the central region of the Philippines the hardest. The search for survivors of landslides and flooding continues daily.
You can make an immediate difference by providing urgent life-saving essentials to those devastated by Typhoon Rai, and give people living with disabilities access to vital services.
cbm is conducting a needs analysis and response with our partners in the Philippines ensuring the most vulnerable are included in recovery efforts. Needs include food, drinking water, access to water and sanitation services.
Please will you give an urgent emergency gift, by donating above, to help those most affected?
Other Areas – The Pacific
Local Partner: The Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) and members:
- The Cook Islands Disability Council (CINDC)
- Nuanua-O-Le-Alofa (NOLA) in Samoa
- Naunau o’e Alamaite Tonga Association (NATA)
- Tonga National Visual Impairment Association (TNVIA)
- Lavame’ata’e’iloa Association in Tonga
The Pacific is at the front lines of climate change, facing increasing severity and more frequent occurrence of natural disasters, rising sea levels and other climate-related challenges. Since 1950, natural disasters have directly affected more than 3.4 million people and led to more than 1,700 reported deaths in the Pacific region, with affected countries ranking amongst the highest number of people affected per number of inhabitants.
The remoteness of many Pacific Island communities makes persons with disabilities living in such communities at higher risk of the impact of natural disasters.
WHAT YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT CAN HELP FUND
The Pacific Disability Forum, the umbrella organisation of Disabled Peoples Organisations (DPO) in the Pacific Region, is supported to develop and implement a regional disability inclusive humanitarian strategy with their members in the region. With specific focus, this programme assists organisations of persons with disabilities in The Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga to develop disability inclusive humanitarian preparedness and response strategies for their respective countries.
This programme will ensure that people with all forms of disabilities and their representative bodies are included in the planning, design, implementation and monitoring & evaluation of humanitarian action.
The long term vision of this programme is strengthened resilience of persons with disabilities and their families in disaster preparedness, response and recovery in the Pacific Region. The overall aim is that disaster preparedness, response and recovery will be inclusive and accessible for persons with disabilities.