The year 2015 was largely affected by the continued humanitarian crisis in Syria and Iraq as well as the most severe earthquake in Nepal in more than 80 years. In addition to responding to these emergencies, Mission East continues to strengthen rural communities and ensure inclusion for all.
“This is the first time in my life I am producing vegetables, which I never thought I could grow in the long and harsh Afghan winter. Now I plan to construct more greenhouses,” says 54 year-old farmer, Mohammad Sharif. He is one of the participants in a Mission East project in North-Eastern Afghanistan focusing on livelihood.
Since 2001 Mission East has been working in Afghanistan to help secure the short- and long-term recovery and development of vulnerable rural communities by meeting basic needs and building up local capacities.
Since 2007 Mission East has been working towards inclusive development in remote areas of Nepal. Our expertise and achievements are reflected in a recent publication by CBM International which explains our approach to addressing the growing inequality in disaster risk reduction via the Accessibility, Communication, Attitude and Participation (ACAP) framework.
Hygiene and inclusion of vulnerable groups is on the agenda in the emergency response in Nepal.
Mission East and partners do follow-ups on hygiene education in the remote villages, while materials for more than 1,800 latrines has been distributed so far. The construction of latrines secures accessibility for elders, women, children and people with disabilities. Furthermore, Mission East’s Gender and Social Inclusion Specialist has provided training for staff in how to include these vulnerable groups.
Relief workers had to dig their way through landslides to reach the thankful beneficiaries in Nepal’s remote villages.
The monsoon creates more and more challenges for the emergency response in Nepal. Several helicopter flights have been cancelled, and landslides are blocking the roads. Response teams have had to dig their way through landslides and walk for several hours to reach the remote villages.