After a disaster, the people affected not only need drinking water and food, but also tents, blankets, gas stoves, tools, building materials or other things, depending on the situation. In international technical jargon, these things are called non-food items and summarize all relief goods that are not directly used for nutrition. However, they are just as important to ensure survival.
Disaster relief tents, blankets and tarpaulins create emergency shelters that offer initial protection. With stoves and pots, people can usually scarce theirs food prepare in the first place, and with tools and building materials they can independently improve their situation and reduce dependencies. There are also Seeds, Soap, school books and many other things that improve life after a disaster and keep the damage, including the long-term, low. We distribute these relief items or give them to those affected Cash or vouchers when the markets work.
Stand on your own two feet again
After the heavy ones Floods due to excessive monsoon rains in 2017 in Nepal, India and Bangladesh, plastic tarpaulins and mats were distributed for emergency shelters, mosquito nets against the explosively multiplying malaria mosquitoes, Hygiene products like soap, towels, toothbrushes and toothpaste and of course kitchen utensils and water cans. With these and other things we help people after disasters like earthquake or Storm or in Refugee camps. The aim is always to alleviate the suffering of these people as quickly and as comprehensively as possible and to support them to soon be able to stand on their own two feet again.