Traditionally, Disaster Corps is a domestic program with its sole focus on assisting disaster-affected communities across the United States. Due to devastations across the globe, Disaster Corps was given a unique opportunity to help international programs in need of our expertise.
International Disaster Corps assignments:
Weeks of flooding followed by a Category 5 typhoon devastated northern Australia and wrecked many Habitat homes and communities, rendering more than 50 percent of the affected homes unlivable. As part of their response, HFH Australia requested Disaster Corps volunteers with knowledge and experience to heighten capacity building efforts and assist with managing volunteer projects to clean, repair and paint homes.
In the summer of 2011, Disaster Corps deployed four volunteers to assist HFH Australia in the areas of program development and project management. The volunteers helped to increase the scale of shelter/housing-related interventions, such as debris cleanup in home sites, mucking out flooded homes, home repairs, etc.
Habitat for Humanity Japan got to work immediately after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011 by assessing damage, appealing for donations and partnering with local and international organizations in disaster recovery. Targeting the areas most affected by the disaster, HFH Japan has been working in various communities across northern Japan, specifically in Iwate and Miyagi prefectures.
To assist with the Rebuilding Japan program, Disaster Corps volunteer Joe Mulgrew deployed as a volunteer field technical advisor responsible for supporting field teams in identifying, implementing and monitoring community revitalization and house repair programs, as well as organizing technical training and activities for volunteer teams.
Read Joe’s story: ‘Every day a new adventure’