The past decade saw a significant rise in the number of disasters driven by climate change. Unseasonal rains causing floods, heatwaves, drought and cyclones are a few major examples of it. Population living in flood/drought-prone areas experience the effects of such disasters almost every year. The growing risks posed by disasters have meant that new approaches are required to help the nation cope more effectively.
Our Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Programmes aims at formulating strategies that are focused on protecting lives, livelihoods and property from hazards, both natural and human-made. Emergency Response, relief and rehabilitation along with peace promotion in conflict areas and the building of disaster-resilient infrastructure are the core areas of our work. This is done in a cost-effective, systematic, and sustainable manner which ultimately contributes to building resilient communities. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we ran extensive relief and rehabilitation operations which touched more than 20 lakh lives. We also work on building capacities for the most vulnerable population in urban and rural areas. Tribal communities, Dalits, women and LGBTQI+ are always at the centre of our humanitarian work.