CARE Australia is a humanitarian aid organisation fighting global poverty, with a special focus on working with women and girls. In the Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP), CARE Australia is partnering with Live & Learn and and other local partners like MORDI Tonga Trust. Through the AHP, CARE has received funds to respond to Cyclone Gita in Tonga (shelter, protection and WASH activities), in Vanuatu (protection, health, education and WASH activities) in response to the Ambae volcano, in PNG after the highlands earthquake (protection, shelter, WASH and early recovery activities), in Cox's Bazar in response to the Bangladesh-Myanmar humanitarian crisis (health, nutrition, WASH, protection and education activities), in Lebanon (livelihoods activities), Iraq (gender/protection and health), the Laos floods (gender/protection) and the Indonesia Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami (WASH, shelter and gender/protection). Within the AHP Disaster READY program, CARE is implementing preparedness activities in Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Timor-Leste, Fiji and PNG.
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Disaster READY: Three communities in Timor-Leste work together to install a water tank and in doing so, reduce the workload of women and increase accessibility for people with disabilities.
Disaster READY: Coastal villagers in Tinputz District, Autonomous Region of Bougainville, actioned their disaster plan following a king tide.
AHP partners are playing a critical role in the delivery of sexual and reproductive health services to Rohingya families in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. CARE is supporting two static Government of Bangladesh health clinics in two camps, and delivering extensive outreach services across three. A young Rohingya woman shares her experience of the services received.
Following an earthquake in the Papua New Guinea Highlands in 2018, CARE Australia used a roving cinema to share information, with the added benefit of some entertainment for those who were displaced, and the communities hosting the displaced.
Disaster READY PNG supported the Autonomous Region of Bougainville to provide humanitarian assistance following the deliberate destruction of homes on Sohano Island in March 2019. While small in scale, the Sohano Island response highlighted valuable lessons that have been incorporated into Disaster READY’s ongoing work in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.
Disaster READY: The experience of the Ambae volcano response in Vanuatu, as well as a tsunami alert and a tropical cyclone in the past year, showcases how disaster preparedness requires active management and adaption – before, during and after a disaster.
Tropical Cyclone Gita (TC Gita) struck Tonga on 12 February 2018, affecting an estimated 80,000 men, women, boys and girls (about 70 per cent of the entire population). Many people lost their homes and required emergency shelter. AHP partner CARE Australia worked with local partners to provide emergency shelter and then transition communities into stronger housing options.
Women Friendly Spaces can provide women with much needed respite and support in humanitarian situations. However, community attitudes and suspicion must be sometimes overcome before some women can safely join.
In Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, CARE has been working to overcome some of these barriers for Rohingya refugees, ensuring the women have somewhere to gather, seek information and find refuge among each other.
When Tropical Cyclone Gita hit Tonga in 2018, three organisations came together to get emergency assistance to the nation’s most vulnerable.
Disaster READY Vanuatu spent 2018, the program’s foundation year, forming and cementing partnerships across the nation. Read about their progress here, including how a multi-stakeholder tsunami drill was soon put into action.