What we do
Mission East’s work ranges from emergency relief in crisis situations to long-term development assistance. We specialise in the following main sectors:
Natural and man-made disasters have their biggest impact on the poorest populations, threatening lives, disrupting homes and schools, and harming livelihoods. Mission East responds rapidly and efficiently to deliver relief items, cash or shelter materials, and other assistance together with local and international partners.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
Lack of clean water, inadequate sanitation facilities, and poor hygiene practice lead to the spread of life-threatening diseases. Mission East helps communities to build or repair water systems and latrines and shares information on good hygiene practice. Link to Sustainable Development Goals: 6. Clean water and sanitation
Insufficient food or lack of food diversity leads to malnutrition and poor health, especially among vulnerable parts of the population such as children, pregnant women, and lactating mothers. Mission East provides communities with tools, seeds, and training to secure more effective and varied food production, preservation, and use. Link to Sustainable Development Goals: 2. Zero hunger
Loss of assets due to disaster or inability to access important resources often prevents the poorest from earning their living, keeping them trapped in poverty. Mission East supports sustainable livelihoods activities by providing tools, materials, training, advice, and facilitation. Link to Sustainable Development Goals: 1. No Poverty, 10. Reduced inequalities and also G8 – Economic Growth
Disaster Risk Reduction
The greatest effects of natural hazards such as floods, storms, droughts, and earthquakes are felt by communities already disadvantaged by poverty. Mission East helps such communities to analyse risks and take actions to prepare for, prevent, and respond to disasters. Link to Sustainable Development Goals: 1. No Poverty and also G13 – Climate Change, and G11 – Human Settlements
Disability and Inclusion
In most communities, people with disabilities face many barriers including social stigma, institutional discrimination, and lack of access to places such as schools and public offices, which increases their likelihood of living in poverty. Mission East works to promote the rights of people with disabilities and to ensure inclusion for all. Link to Sustainable Development Goals: 10. Reduced inequalities, 5. Gender Equality
Our Key Approaches are:
Aiming to assist the most vulnerable, we try to ensure that no one is left behind on the basis of gender, disability or other discriminatory factors. In our development programming we use a rights-based approach and seek attitude change to enable women’s empowerment.
Link to Sustainable Development Goals: The leave no one behind theme cuts across all SDGs.
Working to support durable improvement in lives and livelihoods, we try to link relief, recovery and development. Taking a context-specific approach to analysing and preparing for natural hazards, we work towards Disaster Risk Reduction. In climatevulnerable locations we will try to integrate Climate Change Adaptation approaches into local development where possible.
Link to Sustainable Development Goals: 1. No Poverty and also G13 – Climate Change
Accountability and Partnership
Responding to community needs, we try to be accountable to those we help and those who fund our work. We collaborate with other local and international partners and take a planned approach to capacity building of civil society.