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Types of aid
Short term aid- emergency; help is provided in the immediate
aftermath of a disaster. E.g. An earthquake or flood. Needs are
assessed first before sending help. E.g food, tents. Does not solve
the root cause of the problem.
Long term aid- aid which aims to make people self sufficient or
self reliant. It may take many years. E.g. building hospitals,
Christian Aid long term project in Angola:
In Angola, Christian aid works with partners including the CICA and SOS habitat. They worked
on four things:
1. Disease- with CICA, Christian aid is involved in educating people about malaria, distributing
mosquito nets and encouraging communities to organise rubbish disposal and collection.
They are working on hygiene to prevent spread of chorela, and also promoting safe sex to
2. Hunger- with CICA Christian aid work to ensure that families have the means of providing
themselves with food.
3. Housing- with sos habitat. Christian aid is working to improve conditions for people livng in
resettlement camps and to find them homes.
4. Education human rights- Christian aid provides funds to support local human rights groups.
They aim to help people in Angola to become involved in decisions about their countries
future, rather than passive victims.
Disadvantages- this project has many bonuses to the surrounding community, but it has many bad
points as well:
1. It is a very long project
2. It takes a lot of money
3. Does not help immediately.
4. It needs back up and resources from charity's to fund such large projects
5. It requires large machinery and high tech equipment
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7. Costly loans and debt
8. It may make villagers dependent on the charity, and once they leave the community will
9. Dependency on mncs for labour maintenance and parts.
Short term project: Relief international in Pakistan helping
More than 250,000 people have been displaced following conflict in Pakistan's tribal belt.
Thousands of women and children are living in makeshift camps after fleeing their homes,
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