We don't accept survival as enough. Our local staff and community partners work directly with women and children, unlocking their knowledge and skills, so that together we can respond with solutions that fit their needs. And we stay for as long as it takes to ensure that change not only happens, but that it lasts.

We are committed to responding to emergencies that affect the communities where we already work. This means we have established relationships with the communities affected and links with partner organisations, and we can respond effectively within hours. When disasters happen outside areas where we work, we will respond when we identify particular gaps or needs, where we can add value to the relief efforts, and where we can make a significant difference to the lives of those affected.

We believe the people living through an emergency are best placed to know what their families need to recover and rebuild, so we put them at the centre of our humanitarian response. Local women often lead the assessment of what their communities need, and the distribution of aid, to ensure fairness and transparency. In the months and years that follow an emergency we work with local people to give them the support they need to rebuild their homes, re-establish their livelihoods, and become more resilient to future disasters.

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Tiny oasis keeping hope alive in land ravaged by drought and starvation

As goats grazed on pieces of spinach and cows languished under the shade of trees, Maryan Hudun surveyed her farm contentedly. Despite drought ravaging much of east Africa, her little corner of Somaliland is still bearing fruit, thanks to the support of the charity ActionAid.

ActionAid: thanks to you, we've supported over 133,000 people in Nepal since the earthquakes

With support from you & the @DECappeal we've helped over 133,000 people in #Nepal since the earthquakes. Thank you. http://bit.ly/2oo0xRl 

ActionAid: One year on - Supporting women in Nepal after disaster

ActionAid has been working with the most disadvantaged women and children of Nepal for over 30 years. This meant that we were able to respond within hours of the first earthquake in April 2015, and are continuing our long term recovery programmes today.

ActonAid: Resilience, hope and women's leadership - Nepal one year on

Today marks one year since the people of Nepal suffered the catastrophic death and destruction caused by the first of two massive earthquakes.

ActionAid: Helping women earn a living, one year since the Nepal earthquakes

ActionAid has provided livelihood support to hundreds of families, including women lilke Laxmi, Maiya and Buddhimyma.