YMCAs work with communities before, during and after emergencies hit the headlines. They are uniquely placed to respond quickly – and are well respected by communities who trust them to make sure their needs are listened to and met.

By working through this trusted network and other local, youth-driven organisations, Y Care International ensures donations reach those most in need.

But we know that building young people’s resilience to small- and large-scale shocks, from natural disasters to family health emergencies, improves their ability to cope with them – and speeds up the process of recovery.  

Where possible, we help them to adapt agricultural and other business practices to respond to the changing climate and other risks, while helping them plan, save and secure resources to help them recover from disasters.

Explore what we do in Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

YMCA networks in action during crisis

Bangladesh, Liberia, Myanmar, Sierra Leone

Monsoon rains in July 2015 caused widespread flooding across Myanmar. More than 1.6 million people were temporarily displaced. Y Care International and Myanmar YMCA already worked in some of the areas severely affected and acted quickly to provide families with food to support them while they wait for the water to recede and get their livelihoods restarted.

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Eyewitness Report: Sierra Leone mudslide

Sierra Leone

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Sierra Leone struck by mudslide after heavy rains

Sierra Leone

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

170 years of pride and passion in Liberia

Liberia

Y Care International Celebrating the 170th anniversary of Liberian independence - Jennifer

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience, Enterprise & Employability

Four things you didn’t know about Madagascar

Madagascar

In the last 20 years alone there have been 35 cyclones. Despite facing regular shocks young entrepreneurs are learning to adapt. Photo: Zibran Choudhury/YCI

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience, Enterprise & Employability

Missing Maps: A local volunteering project with a global impact

Bangladesh

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

How young farmers in Nicaragua are defeating drought

Nicaragua

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience, Enterprise & Employability

On the road to recovery through skills, assets and networks

Haiti

Young people in Haiti completed their enterprise and employability training and now have the skills and assets to start their own busniesses. Photo: Alessandra Incerti/YCI

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience, Enterprise & Employability

Hurricane Matthew four months on

Haiti

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Guest blog: Learning from Y Care International

A young project manager leads a group discussion with community members on disaster risks in Nepal. Photo: Mission East Nepal

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Volunteer gains skills from helping communities recover from Ebola

“Some people can now afford to send their children to school again” George on the impact he and his team have had on the community. Photo: Matt Foster

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience, International Citizen Service

Eyewitness: “The situation following Hurricane Matthew is catastrophic”

Haiti

Homes destroyed by Hurricane Metthew

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Hurricane Matthew hits Haiti

Haiti

Haiti's government estimate that 750,000 people need immediate assistance. Photo: LWF

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Standing #WithRefugees

Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Young volunteers respond to floods in Liberia

Liberia

Damaged home due to flood water

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Young people thrive in post-earthquake Haiti

Haiti

By April 2018, we’re aiming to reach over 1,000 young people, and train them in skills in promising tourism and construction sectors – such as catering, hospitality, masonry, tiling and plumbing

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience, Enterprise & Employability

Leaders gather for first-ever World Humanitarian Summit

Y Care International have responded to crises by working with local organisations, including the response to the West Africa outbreak in 2014. Photo: Ahmed Jallanzo

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Y Care International urge Prime Minister to attend humanitarian summit

World leaders are set to meet a the first-ever World Humantarian Summit in Istanbul on 23-24 May 2016. Photo: www.worldhumanitariansummit.org

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Food, water and shelter reach families rocked by Ecuador earthquake

Emergency supplies have already 3,000 people affected by the earthquake. Photo: Ecuador YMCA

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Awareness-raising starts to prevent deaths during Pakistan heatwave

Pakistan

Life-saving information will be provided to prevent heatstroke and dehydration, and six first aid centres will provide immediate treatment to up to 60,000 people. Photo: Harriet Knox

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Danny Dyer witnesses impact of Y Care International in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

How young leaders are preparing Haiti for future natural disasters

Haiti

Young people in Haiti are working actively in their communities to prepare them for flooding, landslides, earthquakes and hurricanes. Photo: IDEJEN

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

New report shares key findings from Ebola emergency response

Liberia

The report evaluates Y Care International's approach to ending the crisis and shares recommendations for future emergency response. Photo: Ahmed Jallanzo

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Lizz Harrison to feature on ‘Ask an Expert’ Q&A on disaster risk reduction

Y Care International's Lizz Harrison attends the re-opening of a school as the community bounces back from Typhoon Haiyan with the help of local YMCAs.

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

West Africa declared free of Ebola virus

Liberia, Sierra Leone

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Refugee crisis: Y Care International sign joint letter to David Cameron

Syria

Y Care International CEO Adam Leach, who signed the joint letter to David Cameron, visited the refugee camps across Lebanon in 2013 to see the impact of the crisis.

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

How you have helped tackle crises in 2015

Liberia, Myanmar, Sierra Leone

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

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

President of Sierra Leone thanks YMCA for Ebola response efforts

Sierra Leone

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Young people learn about disaster risk reduction in the face of climate change

Bangladesh

Local YMCAs have supported in the creation of 30 Village Disaster Volunteer Groups which meet fortnightly to discuss how best to prepare for disasters. Photo: YCI

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Empowering young people to become more resilient to climate change

Nicaragua

Young women and men are increasing their knowledge on environmentally sustainable agricultural techniques in the face of climate change. Photo: YCI

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Sierra Leone declared free of Ebola virus

Sierra Leone

On the day Sierra Leone is declared Ebola free, meet the young heroes who helped stop the spread of the deadly virus. Photo: Sierra Leone/YMCA

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

What we’re doing to prepare for El Niño disaster threat

Nicaragua

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Why is working with young local volunteers so effective?

Bangladesh, Liberia

YMCA disaster volunteers groups have been active in preparing their communities for floods, and reduce the impacts when they strike. Photo: Lizz Harrison/YCI

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Young volunteers help protect families from floods in Bangladesh

Bangladesh

International Citizen Service help the local community to prepare for disasters and support teaching at non-formal primary schools.

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience, Health and wellbeing

A hub of hope in rural Philippines: YMCA Training Centre opens

Philippines

Training courses have been offered to vulnerable young people and community members whose lives were crushed by Typhoon Haiyan. Photo: Lizz Harrison/YCI

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience, Enterprise & Employability

Y Care International’s Lizz Harrison wins photo completion

Liberia

Liberia YMCA Ebola Outbreak Emergency Response

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Myanmar YMCA reach families affected by severe flooding

Myanmar

More than 450,000 homes have been damaged, most schools have closed, and have villagers are facing a lack of food with no access to their farmland. Photo: Myanmar YMCA

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience