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DRR & Emergency Response

Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) aims to prevent new and reduce existing disaster risks and to contribute to strengthening resilience. DRR protects the lives and livelihoods of communities and individuals who are most vulnerable to disasters or emergencies. Whether the crisis is caused by nature or humans (or a combination of both), DRR limits its negative impact on those who stand to lose the most.

Disaster risk management (DRM) is a process of effectively preparing for and responding to disasters. It involves strategically organizing resources to lessen the harm that disasters cause. It also involves a systematic approach to managing the responsibilities of disaster prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery.

Being a women and child rights, protection and humanitarian support organization, LRF always responds to emergencies and help the communities, especially of its programme areas, being suffering from natural disasters/pandemics. LRF follows the five steps of Emergency Management including prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

An emergency response plan is a documented series of steps an organization will take during a critical event to ensure employees’ safety and minimize the impact on critical operations. LRF creates an Emergency Response Plan that include Step #1: Perform a risk assessment; Step #2: Document contact information; Step #3: Assign roles and responsibilities; 

Step #4: Take stock of current resources within the organization; Step #5: Create an evacuation plan; and Step #6: Decide how communication will occur between employees and the action on ground.

Based on Emergency Response Plan, LRF mobilizes funds / relief supplies through agreements with various donors; develop distribution plans; and execute the relief operation in targeted areas.


To respond to the learning needs of learners during COVID pandemic, Save the Children has designed a digital learning Application “Learning Tree” for Education in Emergencies (EiE). LRF has piloted the Learning Tree App in its Accelerated Learning Centers in Shikarpur, Sindh. The project was implemented in collaboration with School Education and Literacy Department, Government of Sindh. LRF has piloted the “Learning Tree” project in Shikarpur District of Sindh for the continuation of learning during humanitarian crises (COVID-19 Pandemic) for the children of Primary and Elementary level (5 To 16 years) and their teachers. In this regard, LRF and Save the Children have developed the content, translated it in local languages, conducted baseline survey and trained 25 learning facilitators to pilot and seek the feedback for scale-up.

LRF also implemented a WASH project on “Health, Hygiene and Behavior Change” in partnership with Save the Children in which LRF distributed 52,646 Hygiene Kits among children in selected schools of 05 districts (Karachi, Dadu, Larkana, Shikarpur and Jacobabad) and constructed and rehabilitated WASH facilities (hand washing stations / latrines) in selected 102 schools in above mentioned 05 districts of Sindh to ensure safe back-to-school and the retention of the girls in schools.

During 2022 Floods Emergency, LRF Response has been as follows:

  • In the wake of current heavy rains and flash floods in all over the Sindh, LRF has mobilized its field teams and conducted a Rapid Needs Assessment of flood-hit areas of Shikarpur, Jacobabad, Khairpur, Noshero Feroze, Hyderabad, Umerkot and Thatta districts of Sindh.
  • LRF instantly started the flood response in Sindh by deploying rescue and relief operation and have started the ration distribution in affected areas of rural Sindh. Teams approached the affected families in flood affected districts, utilizing all available resources to cope with the effects of this disaster. In view of the enormous scale of this disaster that required help from national and international community, LRF successfully mobilized foreign and national donor agencies for donations.
  • LRF started Flood Relief Operation in Shikarpur & Jacobabad in collaboration with Save the Children. LRF has set-up relief offices in Shikarpur and Jacobabad and has inducted the team for assessment of flood affectees and distribution of relief goods to cater their immediate needs related to food, shelter and education.
  • Later, LRF launched its Relief Operation in Dadu, Sanghar and Khairpur Mir’s districts and distributed flood relief items among flood affectees.
  • LRF, with the support of Save the Children and Sindh Education Foundation-Government of Sindh, took the initiative of opening Temporary Learning Centers (TLCs) to restore educational activity for 1,800+ learners in Shikarpur in in its 05 UCs and 50 villages. LRF team set-up 50 TLCs (Tent Schools) in all those villages where it has ALCs for girls. LRF is currently establishing 30 more TLCs in Sanghar district to cater the educational needs of 1,800 children (50% girls).
  • LRF has established 10 TLCs in Jacobabad district benefiting 600 children (300 girls).
  • Each TLC has a temporary WASH facility, drinking water tank and solar panel for energy needs.
  • LRF has held awareness sessions in villages with students, teachers, parents and members of the Village Education Committees (VECs) focusing on flood related safety measures, psycho-social support and rehabilitation strategies.