“Not to act” was never really an option for FRIEND as communities called out for immediate relief assistance. The things they were asking for was basic. Food, water and dry clothes. FRIEND was once again forced to put aside it’s development work and step into the role of an “immediate” relief agency. People waited for authorities to complete damage assessments before they could expect any assistance from them. As one team worked through our community networks to put together a list of areas seriously
affected by the end of January floods, another team started work on organizing food and relief items to be delivered to those in need at the
earliest possible time. The main focus was to ensure that those affected have at least some food immediately as there was no likelihood of the weather clearing up in the coming week.