SAVE LIVES. ALLEVIATE SUFFERING.
MAINTAIN HUMAN DIGNITY.
When drought hits and famine devastates communities, when injustice and corruption exploit people living in poverty, when a hurricane tears through and shatters everything, when people are displaced and lose their homes, when violence destroys livelihoods and inflicts suffering…people need hope.
We come alongside vulnerable people in crisis and calamities to meet their immediate needs, alleviate their suffering and minimize threats.
Life With & Without
The moments following a disaster is critical. For some it means life or death. Providing relief in the chaos and deep despair gives hope.
Individuals struggle to find nourishment, as well as food. Health and safety is affected because of the lack of proper food handling and storage.
Affects survival rates as an individual is exposed to the harsh elements caused by disaster.
The risk for injury and infection during and after a natural disaster or crisis is high, resulting in an increased risk for infection, disease and sickness.
Different disasters require different medical assistance.
Earthquakes, for example, typically cause various blunt-trauma and orthopedic injuries. Floods tend to cause water-borne diseases, skin infections, acute respiratory infections, dysentery, cholera, and amoeba, and diseases related to close living quarters of displaced communities.
When a person endures a natural disaster and/or crisis, they may face a lifetime of diminished hope as their goals and ambitions may have been damaged or deeply affected, resulting in a significant impact in their morale and overall wellbeing.
Give the gift of basic necessities, support
Relief & Development
Relief of immediate suffering saves lives, but it’s not enough. Helping to meet urgent needs without working to restore stability, and break the chains of oppression and injustice by addressing root causes, is a band-aid — not a solution.
Our heart is to see people and communities thriving and flourishing in every area of their life. We work beyond relief to develop communities and restore hope, dignity, and life to people affected by crisis. Relief saves lives — development restores dignity and hope.
The following are 5 components to our response.
In times of unexpected crises, we provide relief, aid and spiritual support to those who are suffering or in distress. Long after these crises stop making the headlines, we partner with local churches and like-minded field partners to provide ongoing support to communities.
DART (Disaster Assistance and Response Team)
If you’ve watched from a distance…
If you’ve watched from a distance as earthquakes, tsunamis, famines, and violent conflict have devastated communities and nations and desperately wanted to jump in and help but didn’t know how to respond…DART was designed with you in mind.
DART stands for ‘Disaster Assistance and Response Team’. DART is an initiative of GAiN Worldwide that was developed in 2012 to enhance and complement our current work around the world to meet the needs of people affected by emergencies. It is intended to provide efficient, effective, professional-quality assistance and support.
The DART team provides assistance in the form of food and clothing distribution, shelter provision, medical advice and trauma counseling, as well as initiating long-term reconstruction and development projects.
DART is for you if you are…
- Fluent in English (other language ability a plus)
- Able to work under pressure
- In good physical, emotional and psychological health
- Able to work with others in a multicultural team setting
- A team player who is willing to fulfill their roles despite challenges
- Flexible schedules that will allow for deployment with short notice
- Able to be deployed for a minimum of 2 weeks to 3 months
This 8 day training will equip you to serve on the front lines of an emergency in a role suited to your strengths:
- Team Leader
- Aid Distribution
- Medical Care
- Staff Coordination
- Spiritual Guidance
- Logistics Coordination
- Construction/Engineering Coordination
- Water Supply Coordination
For upcoming DART training and trips, click here.
If you are interested in applying for the next DART training and/or have questions, click on the button below.
Beirut Crisis Response
On August 4th, 2020 a devastating explosion rocked the capital of Lebanon killing almost 200 and injuring over 6,500. Over 30,000 people were displaced – many of them children.
In order to provide much-needed relief and aid to families and churches in the affected communities, we partnered with local organizations and churches. They wasted no time in providing relief and aid, making sure to get out into the community with clean up, delivering aid packages, and spending time praying with the people they encountered. Over 5,000 people were reached by these acts of service, providing hope for residents of the Lebanese capital.
The situation remains complex. We need your continued partnership to support families who are rebuilding their lives. Many people experienced homelessness, unemployment, food insecurity, possible increased exposure to COVID-19, a lack of available medical treatment, as well as heightened stress and additional trauma.
Syria Refugee Relief
The Syrian civil war broke out in 2011. Many international aid efforts focused their support on helping refugees. We felt called to support the millions of internally displaced people within the Syrian borders.
Through the local church, we connect with people heavily burdened by the war. Currently, most of our relief efforts are focused on helping 1,000 families (totalling 5,000 individuals) monthly who are internally displaced within Syria. Each month they receive emergency food aid.
Although the situation in Syria is no longer getting attention in media, many internally displaced people are still struggling every day. We will continue to partner with the local church in reaching these individuals.
GLOBAL INTERACTIVE MAP
Here is the visual footprint of our disaster relief and preparedness projects.
Past Disaster Responses
Read about the impact you’ve had in revealing hope and restoring life to those living in crisis.
When earthquakes, floods and other emergencies strike, individuals are often left with nothing.
Are you impacted by such devastating news and want to help in a practical, tangible way? If you can’t participate in DART, you can still reveal hope and restore life from your home.
Within the first few days, immediate supplies such as clean water, shelter, food, and medicine are life saving. You can help ensure that aid is supplied as quickly as possible, when needed.