Natural Disasters affect thousands of communities around the world, leaving people in urgent need of help to survive and recover. While some emergencies, such as the earthquake in Haiti gain widespread media coverage, many others are poorly publicized and receive little public attention. The circumstances can range from catastrophic rapid-onset natural disasters and disease outbreaks to slow-onset crises such as food shortages, drought, gender-based violence and displacement of populations due to war and civil unrest.
Readiness and rapid response assistance are key catalysts to saving lives during an emergency. With immediate financial support, relief agencies and local organizations that are first responders can deliver help within days—when needs are most significant and immediate response is critical. Slow-onset emergencies, such as food crises due to drought, also require targeted support to help people recover and build resilience to cope with future shocks.
BMA adopts a “first-in, last-out” approach and will seek to support, partner, and funds relief agencies, local organizations, NGO, and both multi-bilateral organization that specialize in first response/life-saving emergency aid, and that also provide stabilization/restoration programs that help families and communities recover and rebuild.