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Emergency & Disaster Relief Fund

Because Women-Centered Disaster Relief Works


Our partners need us most when a disaster hits or when war breaks out. 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. 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–children, the elderly and people who are ill or disabled.

But women need more than aid. Women at the community level must be allowed to lead in relief efforts. When community women distribute emergency aid, it has the best chance of reaching those most in need. ​That's why MADRE's support strengthens community women's efforts in times of crisis. By partnering directly with local women's groups, we're 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.

Through out Women-Centered Disaster Relief, we sustain and empower our sisters worldwide, and help rebuild communities on a stronger foundation.


Your Support in Action

“We have named this campaign Sneha, meaning love.” Our grassroots partners at the organization WOREC have been delivering lifesaving aid like food, clothing, tents and medical kits to Nepal’s earthquake survivors in ten different districts. And the name they gave their campaign reveals exactly what drives their tireless work.
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False claims that deny the impact of grassroots women's crisis responses are diverting much needed resources away from the very people making the best use of them.

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