Disaster Response Programs
Disaster Risk Reduction u0026amp; Emergency Response
Statistics indicate that the frequency and severity of disasters is increasing. CFK provide humanitarian aid and emergency response to victims of natural disasters in Sumatra, Indonesia. CFK coordinates and implements a wide range of humanitarian and emergency response aid initiatives to ensure that adequate and timely response measures are implemented to sustain life in communities affected by disasters.
CFK are often amongst the first local responders to reach out and assist disaster survivors in Sumatra. We are able to react quickly because we are prepared. CFK have formed strategic partnerships with other local, national and international responders. After an initial Rapid Assessment, if needed, CFK then establish a Local Coordination Post for the distribution of food and non-food essential items such as Emergency Shelter Kit’s and Family Hygiene Kit’s. Depending on the needs, our ongoing initiatives often include Mobile Medical Clinic’s, WASH (Water, Sanitation u0026amp; Hygiene) Promotion as well as Children’s Psychosocial Activities.
While many disasters can’t be avoided, CFK implement Disaster Risk Reduction initiatives at the village level to reduce the impact of future disasters and to save lives. CFK empower communities to understand their areas of vulnerability and to develop an action plan, enabling them to take the necessary steps, that are within their capacity, to reduce those vulnerabilities.
Children’s Psychosocial Care
Children are often the most vulnerable in the community, especially in a disaster situation. It’s the mothers who carry the biggest burden to protection and provide for their children’s needs, however the parents are usually suffering from the damaging effects of the disaster.
In order to help the children, and their parents, cope with the stress and trauma resulting from the loss their loved ones, homes and possessions, CFK deliver children’s psychosocial activities and come along side the community to develop safe child friendly spaces. By using games, competitions, story telling, puppet show’s, drawing and other fun activities the children are encouraged to start to play, laugh and find joy again. The activities are designed to contain simple messages that help and encourage the children to overcome their fear and trauma associated with the disaster.
In the aftermath of the Mentawai Islands tsunami, CFK also incorporated improving nutrition into our children’s psychosocial programs by providing locally available ingredients and involving the mothers to make nutritional meal for their children to share after the activity sessions.
Mobil Medical Clinic’s u0026amp; WASH (Water, Sanitation u0026amp; Hygiene) Promotion
CFK together with our partners and individual volunteers provide Emergency Mobile Medical Clinic’s bringing the much needed medical assistance, and if necessary evacuations, to the disaster survivors. In disaster situations where the survivors are left homeless, there is often a lack of clean water and inadequate community bathroom facilities which can quickly create an unhealthy living environment. To improve the disaster survivors health and hygiene conditions, CFK provide WASH (Water, Sanitation u0026amp; Hygiene) Awareness Promotion, distribute family hygiene kits and mobilize the community to construct temporary latrines away from their fresh water supply.