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. Myanmar YMCA volunteers mobilised quickly to respond to flash flooding in September 2015. Photo: Myanmar YMCA

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. Scroll through our gallery below to meet just a few of the humanitarian heroes who are taking action in their communities in times of crisis.