Your donation will help vulnerable communities build resilience to disasters, equip and train disaster response staff and volunteers, build better homes, prepare shelters and evacuation plans and increase the capacity of our partners to provide emergency support and pastoral care.
Donating before a disaster doesn’t just save lives – it saves significant amounts of money.
Every $1 invested into disaster preparation can save as much as $15 in the aftermath of a tragedy (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 2018).
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Just over a year ago, on 26 February 2018, Simeon Talo* woke to feel the ground shaking beneath him. Outside, he might have noticed rocks and trees moving down the mountain behind his tiny home if not for the dark. But in the pitch black and without any knowledge of earthquakes, Simeon didn’t know the critical danger he faced.
He went back inside to wake his wife and child. In the next few moments, Simeon and his family were buried by a massive landslide.
Papua New Guinea’s biggest earthquake in recent memory – a powerful 7.5 magnitude – impacted half a million people and left 270,000 without drinking water. 18,000 were forced into temporary shelters and more than 100 people, including Simeon’s family, were killed.
In Port Moresby, members of the United Church of Papua New Guinea (UCPNG) Disaster Response Team knew exactly what they had to do.
Stella and her team immediately began rapid impact assessments to discover the needs of affected communities. This meant that clean water, tarps and food could quickly get to some of the most remote areas, coordinated by UCPNG networks in the Highlands. On the strength of their preparation and response, church networks attracted another $3 million in aid grants.
“The training we received made a huge difference,” Stella says.
“But thousands more lives are left to chance unless we educate people about evacuation plans, disaster risks and what to do in an emergency.”
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