Give2Asia is pleased to announce the launch of our new DisasterLink Network. This group of pre-positioned local relief organizations will enable faster disaster response funding to communities in high-risk countries.
Local nonprofits have a distinct advantage in responding to disasters—both during critical first hours and days, and during the longer-term recovery and rehabilitation phase. By identifying trusted partners in advance, we’re making it possible for donors to rapidly deploy funding overseas.
DisasterLink network members have the capacities and resources to deliver:
- Emergency Relief and Response: provision of medical support, psychosocial support, food relief, shelter management, emergency food rations
- Health, water, and sanitation: provide clean water installation, health service, and sanitation promotion, provision of water and sanitation kits, set up sanitation system (emergency toilets), water management
- Livelihood recovery: alternative livelihood support, capacity building to restore/strengthen people’s livelihood Disaster Risk Reduction: risk assessments, contingency plan, disaster risk mapping, capacity building for disaster preparedness to local community groups, disaster drills
Meet the Network
The initial DisasterLink network features 20 organizations in the five highest disaster risk countries in Asia. The Network will continue to expand to reach more countries impacted by severe climate events. All partners are onboarded to Give2Asia’s Friends Fund service, allowing immediate deployment of funds and a low administrative burden. Current members include:
- An Organization for Socio-Economic Development (AOSED)
- Bangladesh Environment and Development Society (BEDS)
- Dhaka Ahsanian Mission
- Spreeha Bangladesh Foundation
- Centre for Environment Education (CEE)
- Indo Global Social Service Society (IGSSS)
- Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society (SEEDS)
- Japan Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (JVOAD)
- Peace Boat Disaster Relief
- Peace Winds Japan
- Rescue Stock Yard
- Group for Technical Assistance (GTA)
- Human Development Center (HDC)
- Nyaya Health Nepal
- Sano Paila (A Little Step)
- International Institute of Rural Reconstruction
- Philippine Business for Social Progress, Inc.
- Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation
- Caritas Manila, Inc.
Give2Asia partners with local organizations that have a strong track record in responding to disasters within hours after disasters hit. These organizations are leaders in their communities and in the disaster response sector with networks reaching the local, regional, and national levels, enabling wide reach in their program response. They have extensive experience in disaster risk reduction and are responsive to relief needs.
Building on Our Past Work
Give2Asia has supported local disaster response, recovery, and preparedness work in Asia since 2005. Our donors have enabled over US$78 million in grants to more than 40 disaster events. Give2Asia leverages our disaster program to help donors identify trusted local members with the capacity to assess and respond to local needs with accountability.
The DisasterLink Network builds on Give2Asia’s NGO Disaster Preparedness Program (NGODPP). This multi-year initiative (2014-2021) helped foster disaster-ready communities impacted by a changing climate. As part of this program, Give2Asia launched a disaster preparedness Community of Practice (CoP) to facilitate knowledge sharing and networking between community-based groups. The community has now grown to over 150 member organizations across eight countries (Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam) and continues to collaborate.
How to get involved
When disasters occur, the DisasterLink Network will enable donors to support communities in need with confidence—and for members to rapidly deploy resources when and where they are most needed.
To learn more about our network members, visit the DisasterLink Network. For an overview of Give2Asia’s disaster services, visit our Disaster Services page.
Funders who wish to discuss a grant can speak with their Give2Asia Philanthropy Advisor or contact our international giving team.
Nonprofits who wish to join our Disaster Preparedness Community of Practice can email Avi Rembulan, Disaster Program Manager at Give2Asia.