The Truth About Aid

Last year Nepal was struck with earthquakes that killed 9,000 people and made hundreds of thousands homeless. In response the world rallied, donating aid by the truck load.

Since then, a converted old truck, made into a make-shift studio has toured around areas of Nepal which were affected by the earthquakes. Nearly 200 survivors were invited into the truck and lay bare the truth of what they really thought of the aid the world gave.

We believe that we, as an emergency response agency, will be MUCH more useful in the aftermath of future disasters if we listen, really listen, to communities affected by disaster now.

If you don’t have 3 minutes to watch the following film scroll below it and you’ll find some of the highlights. *spoilers*, they’re probably not what you would think.

Of almost 200 people who shared with us in the truth truck 47% said shelter materials were the most useful and 19% said cash was most helpful because not all homes were damaged in the same way

Some people said products like washing powder, shaving cream and razors were least helpful as people didn’t know what they were for

53% said safe housing would help them most in the future and 19% said access to information and technology would help

This stuff is important. Dipankar works for Christian Aid in Nepal on emergencies and puts it well when he says, ‘The better we understand the experiences and needs of people who have lived thorough disaster, the more chance we have of giving others the help they really need to survive future disasters.

People’s needs might seem obvious but the truth is that they vary tremendously, between people and between places and disasters themselves. The more sensitive we can be to these many variations, the more effectively and efficiently we will be able to help.’

This May (23-24) at the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Christian Aid will be calling on governments and humanitarian organisations around the world to commit to promoting greater community resilience, locally-led disaster response and emphasis on listening to people affected by emergencies. 

To find out more about the project head here.