Emergency Response


Program Focus

IDRF Emergency Response, Recovery, and Prevention programs assist communities affected by environmental or conflict-driven disasters. IDRF helps communities recover from these disasters, assists in rebuilding their lives, and serves to increase their resiliency to future disasters through immediate response and long-term recovery projects.

How do we do it?

Who do we help?

IDRF helps people in need, without discrimination. Much of work takes place in fragile and unstable contexts. IDRF adopts the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and independence as the core foundations of our action.

IDRF relies on local expertise and constant communication with other actors to make sure that we are serving the communities that need us most, and not just the easiest to reach. As a result, IDRF has many decades of experience working with refugee and internally-displaced population, poor local communities, disabled persons, and marginalized groups.

During a crisis, IDRF recognizes that women and children are especially vulnerable to threats of violence, including sexual and gender-based violence, exploitation, and poverty. IDRF gives particular consideration to the unique security and personal needs of women, girls, boys, and men in all of our programs.

Our Impact

Implemented 20+ emergency projects in over 8 countries since 2010.

Served 85,000+ people in the last 3 years alone.

Leading an innovative regional response to climate change in fragile contexts.

Works with whole communities, rather than isolated groups, to minimize conflict and promote cooperation.

First Response & Psycho-Social Support

IDRF provides emergency response training to communities, offers medical aid, ensures access to healthcare services, and operates mental health and counselling programs in order to support the psychological wellbeing of those who have been through a disaster, especially children.



We are providing psycho-social support to children and youth who have experienced trauma due to the ongoing conflict. We do this through child-friendly activities such as arts, sports, science, play, and counselling in a protected youth-only space. To date, we have served over 4,000 children.


To date we have trained 120 volunteers across five villages, including 48 women, on first aid and on how to respond quickly and safely to future floods or disasters.

Household Essentials

IDRF provides necessary personal items during a disaster, as many people flee their homes with nothing but the clothes they are wearing. Examples include warm clothes, hygiene kits, diapers, cooking tools, medical supplies, blankets, and rechargeable lights. When appropriate, IDRF provides securely redeemable vouchers to use in local markets to stimulate the economy, foster dignity, and allow communities more choice.


IDRF is providing vulnerable refugees and local families with emergency winter assistance through voucher programs for essential supplies. Our Winter 2016 initiative will support at least 850 families.



IDRF has recently distributed winter survival kits to victims of the 2015 earthquake in KPK. A current needs assessment is underway to determine next steps.

Food and Water Aid

IDRF provides long lasting food essentials and potable water sources so that families can focus on meeting other urgent needs. These are distributed in kits that can last a family a month or longer and contain appropriate, nutritious items.


IDRF are supplying essential food staples to 1,000 internally displaced people who have fled persecution and violence. Supplies will last a minimum of 3 months.


During the 2015 earthquake response, IDRF and colleagues purified water tankers, and supplied hygiene kits and household water filtration units to collect and clean water for drinking and cooking.

Home Repair

IDRF provides and constructs transitional emergency shelters, rehabilitates shelters that have been damaged in a disaster, and repairs sanitation facilities to improve community health. We work with local communities to ensure that families can remain in these homes once repairs are completed.


IDRF provided tents for transitional shelter as well as medical/school buildings to the communities affected by the two major earthquakes.


IDRF has constructed hundreds of flood resistant homes and animal shelters in communities destroyed by the Pakistan floods and vulnerable to environmental disaster.


IDRF has provided vulnerable households with essential shelter rehabilitation, focusing on weatherproofing and repair and installation of essential sanitation facilities.

Why support IDRF’s Emergency Response work?

In emergencies, people are in desperate need of help. Often, there is a major lack of resources; while local services recover, assistance from INGOs like IDRF is crucial.

Emergency situations often result in people not having access to basic necessities, which can create severe poverty and renewed conflict in an instant.

Survivors often have experienced significant loss: of their homes, family & friends, health, livelihoods, and in the case of children, their education. These situations affect every aspect of a person’s life and affect their fundamental sense of safety and security.

IDRF’s emergency response work is always highly coordinated with local and international efforts to reduce duplication of service and reach isolated communities.

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