Disasters are inevitable. Suffering doesn’t have to be.
Times of extreme crisis can be particularly devastating in the absence of traditional infrastructure.
In many communities, lack of simple initiatives like insurance (or lack of affordability of insurance) make particular segments of the population more at risk than others to be irreparably harmed by disasters such as drought, floods or hurricanes.
When we engage with a community, we want them to feel a real connection to the outside world; to let them know that others do in fact care about their well-being beyond just the dollars and cents in their pockets.
We maintain regular contact with our Field Partners who will notify us in the event of disaster, so that we may respond quickly and appropriately.
In April 2018, Robert Dibya of Lugacraft Uganda phoned to report that much of the farm land that the women of Buyenje Village had spent months preparing and planting had been washed away by torrential rains.
We put out a video and other social media asking friends and supporters to donate $29 to help mitigate some of the losses that were sure to be felt. In a single day we were able to raise over $1,300, half of which was sent to Buyenje to purchase nonperishable food and supplies. The other half was set aside to hire a local professor from an agricultural university to teach the women effective drainage techniques and other best farming practices to prevent such events from being as devastating in the future.
This idea is what gave rise to our regular Community Trainings.
Negative Outcomes after natural disasters can be largely avoided when locals on the ground are the ones responding. By design, we know that we can count on Lugacraft Uganda, and any of our future partners, to deliver relevant and timely help when it’s needed.