Current Emergencies

LWR helps communities cope with and recover from emergencies in ways that promote lasting improvements in people’s living conditions.

NEPAL EARTHQUAKE

An extremely powerful earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, 2015 causing massive damage to buildings and infrastructure. More than 28,000 people have been killed or injured and that number may continue to rise. On May 12, a second earthquake struck the country, causing additional fatalities, injuries and damage.

CYCLONE PAM

Tropical Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu, an island nation in the South Pacific, on March 13, 2015. The entire country has been affected by the extremely damaging winds, heavy rainfall, storm surges and flooding.

TYPHOON HAGUPIT

Typhoon Hagupit made landfall in the Philippines on December 6, 2014. The typhoon caused widespread damage to fisheries and agriculture, including livestock, corn, coconut and rice production.

CRISIS IN GAZA

Rising tension between Israelis and Palestinians has led to an outbreak of violence in the Gaza Strip and surrounding Israeli neighborhoods. Beginning July 17th, the Israeli Defense Forces launched a ground offensive in Gaza to proactively defend Israel from missiles being launched from Gaza.

CRISIS IN SYRIA

The civil war in Syria now extends to its fifth year, as the number of civilian casualties, externally displaced people and refugees continues to grow. Millions of people are displaced within Syria or have taken refuge in neighboring countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey.

UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN AT U.S. BORDER

More than 50,000 children have arrived at the U.S./Mexico border alone so far this year. Nearly 40,000 women and children have arrived as families.

PHILIPPINES TYPHOON

Super Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on the morning of November 8 as one of the world’s most powerful storms on record to make landfall. The Category 5 typhoon hit with wind gusts up to 235 mph, nearly 16 inches of rainfall and waves up to 45 feet in some areas.

CRISIS IN WEST AFRICA

A serious food crisis has developed in the Sahel region of West Africa that puts an estimated 18.7 million people at risk for hunger. In Mali, internal conflict has caused the displacement of 470,000 people, many of whom are women and children.

PEACE IN SOUTH SUDAN

Fighting broke out between various elements of South Sudan’s armed forces on December 15, 2013. The conflict has displaced more than one million people, including 803,200 displaced within South Sudan and 254,600 who have fled to neighboring countries, such as Uganda and Kenya.

What We Do

When disaster strikes, LWR is there, providing life-saving relief and support to those most in need. And LWR’s response continues long after the headlines have faded, working with communities to rebuild their lives, recover their livelihoods, build resilience and pave the path to a brighter future.

LWR is committed to maintaining the highest quality, accountability, ethical and technical standards. We are a signatory to the Code of Conduct for NGOs in disaster relief, the Sphere Project Humanitarian Charter, and are associate members of the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership.

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