Responding to Emergencies

Because of their rootedness in local communities, YMCAs are well placed to quickly and efficiently respond in emergency situations such as natural disasters and civil conflicts.  YMCAs provide immediate assistance to affected communities such as food, shelter, medicine, and trauma counselling.  They relate closely with other international and local NGOs to ensure that their efforts are co-ordinated.  YMCAs also continue working with affected communities throughout the rehabilitation process, providing education, training, and psycho-social support.   

The World Alliance of YMCAs supports these actions by helping YMCAs to develop short and long-term intervention strategies, launching funding appeals, and by managing pledges.  

In recent years, in collaboration with YMCA Area Alliances, the World Alliance of YMCAs has coordinated international responses to several emergency situations including:

  • Japan (2011)
  • New Zealand (2011)
  • Haiti (2010)
  • Sudan (2009)
  • Sri Lanka (2009)
  • Ecuador (2008)
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