International Emergency Response
Our international work is divided into six themes: Anti-Trafficking, Clean Water, Emergency Response, Food Security, Gender Justice and Income Generation. We work alongside communities to support projects in each of these areas. We are also responsible for overseeing the transfer of funds for the UK’s Mission Support Allocation (money donated through the annual Self-Denial Appeal).
We have supported a number of Emergency Response projects such as providing solar panels and lamps to Rohingya refugees living in camps in Bangladesh and working alongside The Salvation Army’s International Emergency Services team on the response to the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Our six themes are centred on a common purpose of creating healthy and resilient communities which can prepare for, adapt and respond to shocks and trends by which they are affected.
Bringing Light to Rohingya Refugees, Bangladesh
Fleeing violence in Myanmar, more than 900,000 Rohingya refugees moved into crowded camps near an area known as Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. As part of a wider response to the humanitarian need, The Salvation Army provided much-needed power and light to residents of the camps. 2,800 solar panels with LED lights and accessories were given to families to help improve safety and security in the camps.
As a result of this project, there is increased safety and protection in the camps. Owners of the lamps also shared that the lights have made daily activities such as cooking, eating, prayer etc. much easier and more dignified.
Ebola Response, Democratic Republic of Congo
In August 2018, an Ebola outbreak was confirmed in the Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). By the end of the year at least 420 cases and 240 deaths had been reported, making it the second largest Ebola outbreak on record.
In response, The Salvation Army’s International Emergency Services team initiated a project which aimed to limit the spread of the virus (by promoting and improving hand washing), improve understanding about the epidemic and reduce the stigma for affected families and communities. 120 churches and 320 schools in the affected region were equipped with hygiene facilities and hand-washing kits, and more than 300 community leaders were trained in caring for those affected.
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Clean water and sanitation facilities, The Salvation Army is supporting communities to become healthier
helping make the best use of land to be better equipped to overcome malnutrition and poverty
The Salvation Army is working to bring human trafficking to an end
Projects to help communities use their resources to overcome poverty