Plan International USA is committed to working with communities that have been affected by natural and man-made disasters, providing immediate and long-term assistance.
Like everything at Plan, the work is not fleeting. Plan utilizes its long-term presence; relationships; and knowledge of communities, local structures, and institutions to support affected children and families through different phases of recovery.
Whether Plan is working with communities to build resilience, providing immediate response, or providing long-term solutions to a disaster, the organization is committed to ensuring communities are ready to respond – and are responding well.
Here are four ways Plan is working through ALL stages of a disaster:
- Mitigating the Risk: Zika Virus in South and Central America
Plan has programs in 12 of the countries affected and is responding with a strategy focused on:
- Risk communication and social mobilization
- Mosquito control and elimination
- Personal protection measures and support for the most vulnerable
- Sexual and reproductive rights and health awareness
- Immediate Response: Hurricane Matthew in Haiti
On Oct. 4, a category 4 Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti with 145 mph winds, dumping torrential rain and resulting in surging oceans. More than 500 people were killed and 2.1 million people have been affected.
Plan is providing immediate response in the form of essential items for children and communities in desperate need. Throughout the first three months, Plan has been distributing hygiene kits and food kits.
Plan is also in the process of distributing learning materials and providing psychological support for children who are out of school, in addition to prioritizing the protection and health of children – many of whom have been affected by a widespread cholera outbreak.
- One to Two Years Later: Nepal Earthquake
After providing immediate relief following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal in April 2015, Plan is turning its attention to long-term efforts.
Specifically, education is a priority. Realizing that schools are essential to restoring normalcy and addressing child protection concerns, Plan has built more than 300 temporary schools benefiting more than 21,000 children in communities where schools have been destroyed. Additionally, Plan will be building 20 new schools and repairing 1,600 additional classrooms. These facilities will be “safe schools,” built with disaster-resistant construction materials and reinforced with emergency preparedness training for students and teachers.
- Building Back Better: Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines
Three years after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines and killed more than 6,300 people while displacing 6 million, Plan International is still on the ground.
Plan has been at the forefront of the humanitarian response, establishing new livelihoods and employment opportunities, as well as rebuilding homes, schools, and key facilities like health centers and child protection facilities.
Now, Plan is in the recovery and rehabilitation phase with its programming, focusing on education, livelihoods, child-centered disaster risk reduction, and protection.