Efforts are made to respond to emergency situations and contributing to clients’ safety in times of despair through capacity building. This involves providing necessary resources to build upon the resilience of clients. Support related to the Covid pandemic includes distribution of essentials to ensure safety and hygiene, such as soap, reusable masks and hand-washing buckets. In the case of natural disasters, this support includes contributions to the provision of basic necessities, such as food, shelter and medicine. Relief is extended beyond “emergency” situations to address fundamental needs, such as food security and adequate housing.
Contributing to food security in Uganda
ASA Uganda’s Kaliro branch, located in an agricultural area in Eastern Uganda where many clients earn a living through farming, recently donated hand hoes to 300 farmers in the district. Hand hoes are the primary tool farmers use when cultivating their land, and many were in need of new equipment to boost their food production. While most of the Company’s community projects serve the broader community, this donation was appreciated by the farmers on a personal level. The donation was celebrated with the community.
Relief for typhoon victims in the Philippines
In September 2022, the city of Malalos in the Bulacan province on Luzon Island was severely affected by super typhoon Karding (Noru). As food is scarce during calamities, those affected benefit from receiving non-perishable foods. As the streets were flooded, staff of Pagasa Philippines went door-to-door to distribute goods to 268 clients.