This year you've helped Y Care International and its YMCA partners respond to emergencies around the world. This year you've helped Y Care International and its YMCA partners respond to emergencies around the world.

This year we’ve provided food and shelter to families after two major earthquakes struck Nepal, assisted families who lost their crops after severe flooding in Myanmar, and trained young people in West Africa to fight Ebola in their own communities.

2015 proved to be a vital year for taking action on disaster response and climate change. A new global Disaster Risk Reduction Framework will aim to reduce global disaster deaths and economic losses by improving disaster preparedness and disaster risk management. The new Global Goals have set targets for ending poverty and hunger, improving health and education, and combating climate change by 2030. More recently the new global climate agreement will aim to keep global warming below 2°C. Whilst this is great progress, the need for emergency response has remained high. With your support, Y Care International has helped young people and their families in times of crisis.

Nepal YMCA provides emergency relief after deadly earthquakes

Nepalese earthquake survivors receive vital supplies from YMCA Nepal. Text NEPA10 to 70070 with your donation amount to get aid to more people in need. Photo: Nepal YMCA

Earthquake survivors receive vital supplies from YMCA Nepal.

In April 2015 the worst disaster to hit Nepal in over 80 years occurred when an earthquake killed over 9,000 people and left 23,000 injured. Just three weeks later another strong earthquake struck causing further damage.

Nepal YMCA responded by providing food and shelter, and helped prevent the outbreak of diseases by raising awareness about hygiene in affected communities. A new water tank was installed at the YMCA Child Care Centre, ensuring a safe place was available for children and young people. In total over 5,000 people were reached by the YMCA. YMCA volunteers were often the first to reach some of the most remote villages affected.

Myanmar YMCA reach thousands displaced by severe flooding

More than 450,000 homes were damaged by the flooding. Photo: Myanmar YMCA

More than 450,000 homes were damaged by the flooding.

The flooding in Myanmar this year affected over one million people and damaged crops, homes and other vital local services such as schools and hospitals.

Myanmar YMCA responded in some of the worst affected areas, where young people and their families were struggling to get food.

In two villages where no-one else had reached, Myanmar YMCA with the help of young volunteers, provided more than 1,000 people with food whilst they waited for the water to recede.


Young YMCA volunteers help stop the spread of Ebola in their communities

Young volunteers helped raise awareness about Ebola to keep people safe. Photo: Helen Frost/YCI

Young volunteers helped raise awareness about Ebola to keep people safe.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa which started in late 2013 continued throughout the year and resulted in over 11,000 deaths. Young volunteers from Sierra Leone and Liberia YMCA reached more than 80,000 people with life-saving information to help keep people safe.

In Sierra Leone the YMCA constructed or upgraded toilet and hand-washing facilities at schools so students could wash their hands regularly after returning to school. The YMCA also trained 40 teachers on counselling to help children and young people deal with losing loved ones from Ebola. As the outbreak had such an impact on the economy, Liberia YMCA supported young entrepreneurs to rebuild their small businesses and start earning an income again. Y Care International will continue to support young people and their communities as they begin to recover from the worst Ebola outbreak in history.

Thank you for helping us to reach those who have been affected by disasters this year. Every year, thousands of people are affected by disasters and crises, 2016 will see more people in need of humanitarian response.

Click here if you want to donate to our Disaster Fund so we can reduce the impact of emergencies and be ready to respond with life-saving support as soon as they hit.