In a disaster, Canadian Global Response responds in several ways:
First, some of our CGR partners are trained in the SPHERE, an international standard for humanitarian response. These trainers are then able to quickly train relief workers in a disaster on the standards, identifying minimum standards in water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion; food security and nutrition; shelter, settlement and non-food items; and health action.
Second, CGR partner teams assess both short-term and long-term damage and needs for the communities impacted by the disaster. Fundraising efforts support both the initial rescue and recovery response, and the eventual rebuilding efforts in the community. Initially, the response focuses on providing what is needed to sustain life, including medical aid and sanitation.
As an organization, we offer our assistance to individuals and communities on several principles, set out as international standards through the SPHERE standards:
- All people affected by disaster or conflict – women and men, boys and girls – have the right to life with dignity.
- All people affected by disaster or conflict – women and men, boys and girls – have the right to receive humanitarian assistance.
- All people affected by disaster or conflict – women and men, boys and girls – have the right to protection and security.
Your donation towards the Disaster Relief General Fund helps us to continue our rebuilding efforts in our current partnering countries and allows us to respond quickly to future disasters as they arise.