Large-scale emergencies such as earthquakes, floods, violent conflicts, epidemics, famine and industrial accidents have profound effects on peoples’ lives. In recent years, there has been a large-scale emergency on average every 16 months and a massive emergency approximately every two years, displacing millions of individuals. WUSC addresses the hardship experienced by those affected by these natural and human made disasters in the context in which we are already working on long-term development issues, by:
- improving the waste water treatment plant and drinking water supply system damaged by the 2007 earthquake in Ica, Peru;
- responding to natural disasters in Sri Lanka, including the 2004 tsunami that killed more than 40,000 and displaced over one million Sri Lankans;
- building the skills of trauma-affected young women and men in Sri Lanka, including tsunami and war-affected youth.