The Disaster Cycle
Since the 2004 Asian tsunami there has been ever increasing natural disasters escalating like the 2010 Pakistan floods, where as many as 18 million people were homeless from the one event. Any meaningful assistance at a time like this must be simple and scaleable to make any significant difference. With climate change effecting weather patterns these natural disasters are going to be making more of a global impact and leaving greater numbers homeless.
Natural disasters are responsible for 70 million people currently being homeless
What are the stages following a natural disaster?
The cycle can be halted with simple changes
In the 2010 Haiti earthquake close to 200 000 people died and 1.5 million became homeless
Disasters by nature are unexpected and can leave us scrambling for solutions, especially if an organisation does not have a shelter strategy. Funding is plentiful and results need to be seen for the donors. It is too easy to provide a solution, tick a box and feel the job is done. Within a few years we will have moved onto the next crisis and the condition of the shelter or house we have provided is far from our mind. The question that Sheltereach asks is 'can funding work towards development of a region or is it just a stop-gab measure of relief?'