NGO's collaborate in Christchurch recovery

A number of New Zealand based international development non government organisations (NGOs) have been part of the ongoing response and recovery effort following the Christchurch quake. Working under the umbrella group the NGO Disaster Relief Forum (NDRF), the agencies were on the ground shortly after the devastating 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck.

Group members operational in Christchurch have included Adventist Development Relief Agency (ADRA), CBM, Christian World Service (CWS), Oxfam, Rotary NZ, Save the Children, TearFund, and World Vision. Many of these agencies enlisted the support of their international partners and local teams.

NDRF liaison and Cantabrian, Nick Clarke said he, like other members of the group, is used to responding to large-scale emergencies in countries like Pakistan and Haiti not in his hometown. "New Zealand hasn't seen a disaster of this scale for decades. The collective global grunt of the group means we can offer specialist help and advice from immediate disaster management through to recovery and psychosocial support.

Members have been working in a highly collaborative way - supporting liaison with local authorities, communications and other group activities. For example the Salvation Army has supplied a Linwood warehouse and food, World Vision has been carrying out logistical work, and Rotary has provided volunteers.

Christchurch based Christian World Service has been working in a liaison role and providing communications support along with World Vision.

Sector specific groups like those providing psychosocial support services meet regularly to coordinate programmes such as Journey of Hope (Save the Children) and a Psychosocial Resource Kit (TearFund).

These are just some examples of how the NGO Disaster Relief Forum (NDRF) is adding value in Christchurch and the high level of cooperation is drawing strong interest locally, nationally and internationally.

Find out more information on the NGO Disaster Relief Forum and their work in Christchurch.

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