Funding boost for ActionAid’s disaster preparedness campaign

• February 4, 2013
Nepali farm women, Creative Commons: Neil Palmer, CIAT, 2012

Nepali farm women, Creative Commons: Neil Palmer, CIAT, 2012

Every donation made to ActionAid’s new adaptation campaign will be matched by the UK government between February 4th and May 3rd.  The campaign, ‘Ready for Anything,’ will help impoverished communities around the world prepare for the impacts of natural disasters, and this funding commitment from the UK government will enable ActionAid to double their capacity.

Justine Greening, Secretary of State for International Development, said of the campaign, “Natural disasters hit those in the developing world particularly hard. By helping to equip communities and to prepare, ActionAid is helping to ensure that natural disasters do not have to become tragedies, ruining and costing lives.”

As part of the appeal, the charity is holding its first annual Global Emergencies Week from 18 to 24 February, with people across the UK staging fundraising events from gigs to cake sales to raise even more for ActionAid’s emergency response.

Emergencies are becoming more frequent and growing in intensity. Between 250 and 300 million people are affected by disasters and conflicts every year, but this is expected to rise significantly. By 2015, the number of people affected by climate-related disasters alone is set to reach 375 million. Natural disasters hit the poorest people hardest – those who survive the initial disaster are left with their lives destroyed.

Learn more and donate to ‘Ready for Anything’: ActionAid>>

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