Written by Administrator Wednesday, 20 July 2011 12:42
Time exposes human beings to great global and local anxiety in the forms of war, earthquakes, strife, hunger, drought, floods and other disasters. When calamities strike, people look for relief and support. Our goal is to work with all partners to make sure that the victims, no matter where or who they are, get the emergency assistance they need. In disasters delays are deadly and timely response requires financial and human resources. PRDS from its own pockets as well as from its donors and contributing partners provides and seeks to provide and or strives for the cause of providing relief assistance to all those in distress and need during emergencies and disasters.
We are proud of our work and feel that we need to always improve on our ability to provide and to deliver emergency and humanitarian relief more quickly, equitably and effectively and to take immediate action to alleviate acute human suffering.
Responding to humanitarian disasters is not only a moral imperative, but critical for development, as a single minute of natural calamity takes away decades and centuries of human and public efforts.
Emergency rescue, relief and disaster risk reduction and management are the areas of PRDS concern in order to deal with all emergencies in strategic and systematic manners as each plays its contributing role to reduce and minimize the impact of a disasters and emergencies while keeping the core values of humanity, impartiality and neutrality intact.
Development efforts are increasingly at risk. A faltering global economy, food and energy insecurity, conflict, global climate change, declining ecosystems, extreme poverty, and the threat of epidemics seriously challenge progress towards improving social welfare and economic growth in many developing countries.
Pakistan is a disaster prone country and especially Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa (KPK) and FATA are more prone to Natural as well as manmade disaster. The KPK province and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in the last 4 decades generally and the last decade specifically is faced with considerable repetitive climatic and manmade disasters and emergencies that caused loss of life, resources as well as mass displacements and environmental migrations. These include the Earthquake in October 2005, the ongoing droughts and floods that have crumbled the national economy as massive gaps in energy sectors as well as the governments’ use of military force to curb militant insurgencies throughout the FATA and KPK has instilled the largest displacement ever in the country’s history.
Participatory Rural Development Society’s emergency programs seek to meet the needs of affected populations through implementation of qualitative pre and post mitigation responses and are founded on fulfilling the rights of disaster affected populations to live with dignity with our self imposed obligatory social responsibility in enabling capacities and empowering communities for response preparedness, collective mitigation and post disaster or emergency responsiveness. Every year millions of people around the world are affected by a wide variety of calamities, from natural disasters to chronic conflict. Disaster affected populations have a right to humanitarian assistance as enshrined in international law.
PRDS adheres to international standards to the greatest extent possible in all of its emergency work to ensure that disaster-affected populations are at least able to meet their basic right to live a life with dignity. We work directly with affected communities and local partners to help restore and strengthen their pre-disaster capacities. PRDS responds to natural disasters and complex emergencies including conflicts involving intra-state conflicts with regional implications. Complex emergencies can result in massive numbers of refugees and internally displaced persons, gross violations of human rights and large-scale disruption of people's livelihoods. Complex emergencies are often exacerbated by natural disasters.
Today, more than 30 million people are displaced on earth. 20 million are internally displaced within their countries and others have taken refuge in other countries. These numbers doubles every seven to eight years.
Our Emergency Preparedness and Response vision is: to promote social justice, solidarity and compassion through timely emergency preparedness and response that addresses the needs of the most vulnerable.
We engage our resources to fulfill our mission and foster hope for our communities and populations by:
1. Working together as equal stakeholders
2. We build upon clear systems and procedures to share leadership
3. Strengthen existing and building new networks of partnerships and relationships
4. Strengthen local capacities and promote community ownership of emergency response
5. Achieve qualitative standards in programming
6. Access, attract and acquire material and financial resources relevant and appropriate to each emergency or disaster.
For timely response to these disasters PRDS plan to create an Emergency response fund, this fund under the PRDS umbrella will be utilize for all kind of emergency responses in the region.
PRDS will conduct emergency work wherever it is needed based on the needs of the affected population, PRDS capacity and that of our partners to respond, and the presence of other partners. PRDS adapts what and how it does in emergencies is according to changes in the operating environment as well as within PRDS. This ability to recognize changes and trends and to adjust accordingly contributes to our shifting role in emergency preparedness and response.
We approach our emergency response programming with our distinct local environment and geo-political and strategic shifts in conditions and vulnerabilities through a framework of saving lives, supporting livelihoods and strengthening civil society as well as pre-disaster preparedness and mitigation programming through building capacities of communities for preparedness, mitigation and post emergency or disaster management. We work with affected communities moving from emergency relief, rehabilitation, reconstruction post emergency management and development.
In addition, PRDS helps communities to prevent future disasters through peace building programs with a focus on preventing violent conflict.
We will provide food for the general population and malnourished individuals when people's normal ability to access food is disrupted by disaster especially addressing immediate food security needs while promoting activities that support sustainable livelihood.
The need for primary health care increases in emergency settings and is critical to any emergency intervention in order to minimize mortality. PRDS will implement a range of emergency health interventions such as support to local health institutions to meet vital health needs, provision of field health workers and traditional healthcare human resources as well as access to basic medicines.
PRDS EP’s often include activities such as providing access to supplies for agricultural recovery and providing technical assistance to farmers to facilitate their return to production as soon as possible. Provision of technical agriculture and livelihood development trainings, tree and fruit plantations, livestock and livelihood development, kitchen gardening, seeds, fertilizers and agriculture inputs are also deemed essential by PRDS who will seek means and methods to provide these in emergencies.
Programs with temporary shelter also include materials that can contribute to permanent housing construction. PRDS housing and community infrastructure programs focus on community-led construction that is appropriate to the setting generally but this may also vary from case to case.