2014 Report: A Fully Stringed Bow
So, in 2014 we expanded our activities to include Immediate relief and early response for the first time. Although we had significant experience supporting medium to long term recovery prior to Haiyan, this was the first time we had responded so soon after a disaster had struck.
We encountered challenges but we were also able to successfully meet many immediate needs in the typhoon's aftermath. As the year progressed we were then able to transition to more familiar medium term recovery support after the typhoon.
Added to our continued support of our long-term recovery in Haiti, and our on-going Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) work in Manila, we added the "final string to our bow", by also undertaking this early response.
Of course, the "bow" that connects all these "strings" is the understanding that disasters are strongly linked to vulnerability, and that tackling this vulnerability is the only way to affect sustainable change in disaster affected communities. This is true before a disaster strikes, in its immediate aftermath and remains true during the many years of overall recovery.