Focus Humanitarian Assistance. Partnerships in Disaster Management. Our Vision…. FOCUS is an affiliate of the Aga Khan Development network whose mandate is to enable the economic, social and cultural development of communities in the developing world. Our vision is to build;.
Partnerships in Disaster Management
“An organization that enables disaster- resilient communities
and that responds to disasters rapidly and effectively”
FOCUS is organized around three primary Goals;
To protect lives and prevent the loss
of property of communities through
Prevention, Mitigation and Preparedness
To respond rapidly and effectively to selected disasters
affecting communities, reducing human suffering
and enabling sustainable recovery
To respond to complex emergencies, delivering emergency
Assistance, protection and durable solutions to
Refugees, IDP’s and forced migrants
Refugee & IDP
Focus International Coordinating Committee
USA Field Office
Provision of emergency assistance, food for work, milk for schools and crisis response initiatives
Support to the relocation of Afghan communities to
Western countries and Pakistan along with repatriation programmes back to Afghanistan.
Working with communities to build seismic
resistant homes to replace those destroyed
during the wars.
Provided emergency assistance and relocation
support to victims of the Nehryn Earthquake
Provision of emergency supplies such as tents, food, blankets and water to affected communities along with building materials and reconstruction support.
FOCUS has been actively involved with the AKDN and civil society organizations in the reconstruction of tsunami impacted areas of India.
Working with the AKDN to train
schools and hospitals in management for emergency
FOCUS response and assessment teams were amongst the first on the scene in Kashmir and provided critical assistance to the most vulnerable communities through the use of the AKDN fleet of helicopters. Initiatives continue to enable the disaster resilient reconstruction of Kashmir.
In the Northern Areas of Pakistan, FOCUS has worked extensively to prepare for natural disasters through the development of search and rescue teams, stockpiles of materials and community based disaster management training.
Catalogued Natural Hazards such as landslides, avalanches, and floods across the Northern Areas and Chitral for use in scenario planning and risk assessment activities.
In Tajikistan, FOCUS has worked with the AKDN, the Government and the International community to support newly created civil society organizations in self protection initiatives using private sector tools and methodologies.
Lake Sarez remains one of the most significant risks to Central Asia, FOCUS has been working with the Governments of Japan, Switzerland and the World Bank to develop early warning solutions and to provide access to isolated communities.
Working with the National Government, the International
Community and civil society organizations, FOCUS has
introduced an earthquake safety curriculum for Tajikistan.
Since 2002 FOCUS USA has been involved in the following Crisis Responses;
FOCUS has worked to develop a national framework for community based response, orchestrated by trained responders across the country.