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We have been operating in humanitarian emergency contexts since 1988. In recent years we have seen a significant increase in these types of activities due to the prolonged effects of conflict and natural disasters.
Recent United Nations figures show that more than 60 million people worldwide are displaced by conflict or violence, with an average of 30,000 new displacements per day.
If we add to this data the people who suffered the consequences of natural disasters, the figure for last year reaches 200 million, an increase of 50 million compared to 2013.
The consequences of conflict and climate change are global in scope, but are particularly dramatic in the Middle East and North Africa. In these regions, the number of displaced people and refugees has more than doubled in five years.
As long as there are no stable political solutions, regional crises will continue to have a major impact on the quality of life and security of communities, in addition to severely limiting access to education, health services, drinking water, energy and consumer goods.
Over the years, we have developed specific expertise in humanitarian emergency response. This allows us to intervene in difficult situations linked to natural disasters (earthquakes, floods, droughts, cyclones, epidemics, etc.) and man-made emergencies, such as armed conflicts.
Our priority in emergency response is to save lives and meet the basic needs of affected populations. To do this, all our operators follow procedures and codes of conduct to ensure that they do no harm (do no harm) to the most vulnerable populations, in particular children, pregnant women, infants, migrants and displaced people.
Our work aims to reduce environmental risks and the impact of natural disasters, while addressing emergency humanitarian needs such as education, health and access to water.
In Italy and Nepal, we operate closely with local communities in earthquake-affected areas to revive economic activities, with particular attention to sustainable agriculture and livestock farming.
We work to secure school facilities, provide hot meals and ensure the smooth running of schooling for children who find themselves in emergency situations.
Once the first emergency phase has passed, our medium and long-term interventions aim to strengthen the education system, with particular emphasis on access and participation of girls and adolescents.
In a context of conflict and instability, we are launching awareness campaigns to support the transition to a democratic state, by providing our support to associations for women’s rights and empowerment.
We adopt project management procedures, codes and standards (European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid, People in Aid Code of Good Practice in the Management and Support of Humanitarian Personnel, Red Cross Code of Conduct, Sphere standards, INEE standards, etc.) and safety of staff employed.
With our projects, we intervene during and after the emergency, providing assistance to affected populations and accelerating the resumption of life before the emergency, for example by returning children to school or restoring fields affected by flooding.