Emergency & Post-Conflict Assistance

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Crises such as natural disaster, climate change, health epidemics, social and economic upheaval, political instability and long periods of armed conflict cause dramatic displacement and the disruption of lives. Often, the impact is felt most strongly by children, women and the most vulnerable.

Rooted in the community

Although not focusing on emergency response as a primary area of intervention, AVSI works to help the communities where it is present to face disasters or conflicts, building on the strong relationships and familiarity with the context established through a long AVSI presence.

Education builds stability

Our approach to emergency assistance maintains as central principles the recovery of “normal” life especially for children, protection of family unity, and a long term perspective linking immediate support to longer term development objectives. Due to this framework, AVSI places considerable attention on giving continuity to educational opportunities during crisis. A perspective on recovery must take into consideration particular needs of youth, opportunities for work, and psychosocial well-being.


A.  Emergency response & relief including child protection and family re-integration; shelter, healthcare and distribution of basic supplies.

Burundi, DR Congo, HaitiPeru, South Sudan


B.   Recovery through social interventions such as youth reintegration and human rights initiatives.

Haiti, Cote d'Ivoire, Sierra Leone, South SudanUganda


C.  AVSI has adapted its model of education provision to emergency settings, including through mobile classrooms and enhanced training for teachers to respond to psychosocial needs.

Haiti, DR Congo, Kenya

See also: Education in Emergency Settings