Emergency & Disaster Relief Fund

Because Women-Centered Disaster Relief Works

MADRE's strength lies in our ability to meet the urgent needs of women and families as we work towards a long-term vision of social justice.

Our sisters need us most when a disaster hits. That's why MADRE launched an Emergency and Disaster Relief Fund. The Fund lets us act immediately and effectively. We bring crucial resources—like food, water, medical care and shelter— directly to the women and families most in need.

Women are often hardest hit when disaster strikes. That's because they have fewer resources to start with and often have no safety net. Women are also responsible for those made most vulnerable by disaster—children, the elderly and people who are ill or disabled.

But women need more than aid. Women at the community level must be integral to designing and carrying out relief efforts. When community women distribute emergency aid, it has the best chance of reaching those most in need.

MADRE has pioneered a model of Women-Centered Disaster Relief. It sustains and empowers our sisters worldwide, and it helps rebuild communities on a stronger foundation.

A Small Organization with a Big Impact

We all want to meet the needs of those most impacted by disaster. While international relief agencies have a critical role to play, large-scale operations are not always the best.

MADRE knows that women who are affected by disaster have a clear understanding of what kind of support they need. What they usually lack are the resources to meet those needs.

That's why MADRE's support strengthens community women's efforts in times of crisis. By partnering directly with local women's groups, MADRE is able to mobilize resources quickly and efficiently. We can carry out relief efforts in ways that respond to the priorities and perspectives of local communities.


For example, in 1998, Hurricane Mitch devastated Nicaragua's North Atlantic Coast. Decades of government neglect pushed some Indigenous communities off the map of relief operations. Responders didn't know where these villages were, much less how to reach them in flood conditions. But MADRE delivered aid directly to women in the region. They knew where every family lived, which households had new babies or disabled elders, and how to reach remote communities by canoe.

MADRE does not replicate the work of existing organizations. Instead, our relief and reconstruction programs leave resources and training in the hands of community women for the long term. We equip our partners to rebuild their lives and communities on a stronger foundation.

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