Humanity First has responded to over 130 disaster events in 63 countries across six continents and assisted over a million victims of disasters including earthquakes, floods, droughts and conflict providing emergency medicine, shelter, food and water, sanitation and hygiene, as well as offering rehabilitation services including education, vocational training, longer-term water infrastructure and orphan care services.
Across the world, the most vulnerable in society are suffering hunger, loneliness, depression and often lack proper shelter. Humanity First believes that everybody should be able to live in dignity and safety irrespective of the social standing or mental health condition. Our Community Care programme aims to support the most vulnerable in society such as older people, the disabled and the homeless. We offer outreach services, food and hygiene packs, social events and projects, and resources for the disabled.
Across the world, it is estimated that over 100 million children (over 7% of all children) are orphaned as a result of conflict or health issues. The majority of these children are in low income settings in Africa, South Asia or South America. These are the most vulnerable children at risk of exploitation and poverty. Humanity First aims to provide orphans with a secure upbringing and the best chance to become independent in later life. This includes looking after their health, food and lodging, education and training needs.
Over a billion people are at risk of malnutrition through food insecurity for various reasons. Humanity First aims to empower these people where possible to enable them to get themselves out of poverty, This includes food banks and pantries in higher income communities, and assistance for farming communities in low income countries to move from subsistence to commercial farming through solutions to increase crop yields, reduce wastage and technology to help turn raw crops into higher value food products. Every year, our Food Security programme assists over a quarter of a million people.
In many countries, children have limited access to education and often do not complete their studies or underachieve through lack of resources, poverty and poor health. It is estimated that 75 million children do not attend school (UNESCO), and in deprived areas, one teacher supports almost 50 children. Literacy rates are around 50% in these countries. Humanity First provides equal access to education irrespective of gender or social standing.We are building and running schools and vocational training centres, and offering subsidised education. We have already assisted over 150,000 people.
Almost a billion people still live without access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation, and as a result suffer health problems and crippling poverty. Humanity First believes that access to clean water is a right, and not a privilege. Our Water for Life programme offers a range of clean water solutions for villages and small towns in low income countries as well as proper sanitation facilities. We ensure sustainability of our deployments by also training people in the importance of hygiene and sanitation. We have done over 2,500 installations serving almost 4 million people daily.
Many people around the world lack access to decent quality healthcare. In low income regions. there is insufficient capacity of trained clinicians or knowledge of emerging clinical techniques and treatments which compounds the problems. In addition, lack of water and sanitation also impacts health, resulting in unacceptable mortality rates among pregnant mothers and under 5 year-old children. Humanity First is building new hospital and clinic facilities, training clinicians, providing medical supplies and resources, and offering outreach medical camps.
There are many visually impaired people around the world, but in low income countries, this exacerbates the effects of poverty. Typically, children with refractive error issues cannot study effectively and drop out of education, whilst older people start to suffer from conditions such as glaucoma and cataracts. Humanity First offers free or subsidised consultations, prescription glasses and cataract surgery. HF is also deploying mobile surgery units in Africa. Over 15,000 patients have benefitted so far.