2015 Report: The Best of Both Worlds
In 2015 two devastating earthquakes struck Nepal in less than three weeks. In the aftermath of the disasters there was a huge need for humanitarian relief.
Having successfully provided immediate relief in the Philippines the previous year, following typhoon Haiyan, we were well placed to launch another rapid response in 2015.
So, we quickly deployed an initial team to the country to help meet immediate needs following the disaster. However, we also learned from typhoon Haiyan and kept our immediate response team both small and mobile.
This approach allowed us to quickly mobilise resources and help over 5,500 survivors, but by not immediately deploying a larger volunteer team, nor establishing a long-term base, we were also able to better manage the challenges of launching a new overseas operation.
In turn this allowed us to maintain our support of long-term recovery in Haiti and Tacloban, and our ongoing
Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) work in Manila. We are committed to providing long-term support in Nepal, but our more considered early response means that our work in all locations will ultimately be more sustainable.
Overall, this approach has provided the “best of both worlds”. We were able to quickly and effectively meet urgent needs in Nepal, without compromising our ability to operate in the long-term.