This section features international and national relief efforts initiatives aiming at responding primarily to the needs of women and children, including domestic and sexual violence survivors, in the aftermath of a disaster. This list is offered as a starting point and is not comprehensive or exhaustive. There are numerous national and international organizations and initiatives currently supporting disaster relief efforts in the U.S. and abroad. VAWnet provides this brief listing as a source of information that readers can evaluate on their own terms for their own needs, and inclusion on this collection does not constitute an endorsement by the NRCDV.
UNICEF Emergency and Disaster Relief
Founded in 1946 to help children suffering in the aftermath of World War II, UNICEF provides children and families with both immediate and long-term necessities—food, water, shelter, protection and physical as well as mental health care—whenever a crisis arises. UNICEF also works to reunite children with family and provides care for those who are orphaned.
MADRE’s Emergency & Disaster Relief Fund
MADRE's strength lies in our ability to meet the urgent needs of women and families as we work towards a long-term vision of social justice. Our sisters need us most when a disaster hits. 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.”
The Relief Fund for Sexual Assault Victims
The Relief Fund for Sexual Assault Victims has been established to collect donations that will aid affected sexual assault victims and advocacy programs. The Fund is designed to: 1) Support the needs of sexual assault survivors; 2) Support the needs of sexual assault advocacy program staff; 3) Assist with expanded direct service capacity needs; 4) Assist with prevention initiatives to protect those displaced by disasters from sexual violence; and 5) Support relocation/rebuilding efforts for damaged sexual assault advocacy programs.