ADRA responds to emergencies of all sizes that never reach media attention. Right now, we are setting up preparedness and response strategies across the Sahel region of Africa. Malnutrition rates are unusually high in the Sahel, particularly affecting children under 2, and they rise during each lean or hungry season. This year, drought has reduced food and fodder production, the cost of staple grains that people depend on is at a five-year high, and families have had little time to recover from the last drought in 2009/2010, leaving people with little savings or food storage. This is a crisis in the making.
In 2011, ADRA responded to more than 100 emergencies throughout the world. As the world around us changes, the principles that guide ADRA-namely hope, love, mercy, and compassion-remain the same and provide a lifeline for those who are suffering around the world.
Here is a look at a few of the current crises we are responding to:
Niger-ADRA has intensive gardening training programs throughout the country. These families will avoid the current crisis. We are preparing now for massive food distributions to other villages, mirroring our response to the food crisis of 2010. In addition, we are distributing hygiene and water kits to 400 Malian refugee families.
Burkina Faso-ADRA distributed hygiene and kitchen kits, as well as mosquito nets, to 200 Malian refugee families this past year.
Haiti-ADRA continues to respond to the devastating earthquake of 2010 through the building of water and sanitation systems, building shelters and new classrooms, replacing desks and chairs, and providing school kits.
Pakistan-ADRA continues rehabilitating health centers in the flood-affected areas, trains community health workers, and creates clean water systems.
Montenegro-ADRA is delivering food and hygiene parcels to 175 families in Berane and Kolasin home to refugee settlements, a large population of elderly, and Roma families. These town have been severely hampered by the severe snow and fierce cold.