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Bangladesh Cyclone Sidr Relief

Cyclone Sidr hit the southern coast of Bangladesh in November 2007 killing over 2000 people and displacing over 500,000. The storm surges reached over 4 feet driven by winds of 150 mph. Much of the rice crops were wiped out and there was widespread damage to homes, power and communications.

 

Humanity First Approach

Humanity First responded to the cyclone Sidr hit area by providing emergency relief services. A team from Canada and the US, along with locally recruited volunteers served the remote area of Rangabali near Bay of Bengal.

Results

  • Medical camps were setup at 4 locations serving an estimated 200 patients daily
  • Ration of food distributed to more than 16,000 victims
  • 330 Water purification units were distributed
  • 48,000 two-liter water bottles distributed
  • Blankets, clothes, cooking utensils, tools, torch, lanterns, toiletries, paper, pencil and toys were distributed to victims and their children
  • Repair of school buildings was done

Next Steps

The emergency relief phase was successfully completed and now Humanity First is starting the rebuilding and rehabilitation phase.

During this phase, Humanity First plans to provide long term assistance to the victims of cyclone including the rebuilding of homes and schools and distribution of farm animals, farm equipment and fishing boats.

 

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Humanity First is registered in 43 countries across 6 continents, and has been working on human development projects and responding to disasters since 1994. These have included the earthquakes in Turkey, Pakistan, Japan and Iran, floods in Africa and Latin America, hurricanes (Katrina and Rita) , tornado's (Kansas) and wild fires (California) in the USA, Indonesia and Bangladesh, and conflicts in Eastern Europe.

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Since its inception and IRS registration in 2004, Humanity First has been focused on spending most of the raised funds on direct program related expenses. As a result, more than 90% of its funds are in that expense category. This is achieved through dedicated volunteers in its management, and program operation teams.

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