Overcoming hardship in already vulnerable communities requires dedicated and innovative approaches. Since 1961, PCI has worked on the front lines of humanitarian emergencies. Our organization has provided medical services in the Vietnam War; responded to earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, drought, and hurricanes; fought outbreaks of disease, and dealt with economic volatility across Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
PCI recognizes that all types of shocks and stresses—not just big emergencies—can erode households’ coping mechanisms along with their capacity to overcome hardship and thrive. Even small household or community-level emergencies can have disastrous effects on lives and livelihoods, and they often do not trigger urgent responses at the local, national, or international levels.
Shocks and stresses can be rapid or slow to onset, natural or man-made and come in many forms while affecting populations differently. For example, women, marginalized groups, single-headed households, people with disabilities, the elderly, farmers, or fishermen will all require diverse approaches and solutions to emergencies.
From nomadic pastoralist areas of Africa, to coastal areas of Bangladesh, to urban informal settlements in Guatemala and Haiti, PCI is dedicated to overcoming hardship and helping build resilient, disaster-ready communities.