“Providing an integrated response to disasters by meeting appropriate basic immediate needs, facilitating normalcy, minimise risk and negative impact in conforming to accepted standards through coordinated efforts that protect human dignity towards their rehabilitation,” is what LEADS aims to do through this intervention.
When you needed a neighbour we were there…” Relief & Rehabilitation Ministries are carried out on two levels. There is the basic form of relief given towards natural or man-made disasters. In this area LEADS has a policy that relief will be provided within 24 - 48 hrs (of event or request) if it is within the regions covered by its Project Officers. In areas outside of their purview, relief has to get to the point of need within 72 - 96 hrs of request.
The second form of relief is to the many thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (Refugees). In this case, the programme is ongoing. In the present context of dawning peace, LEADS undertakes several resettlement programmes that integrate shelter and community development to these desperate people. In addition, we seek to rehabilitate victims of disaster through the provision of income generation & livelihood schemes.
Disaster Mitigation is another aspect that is encompassed within this area dealing in community based disaster preparedness and contingency planning. Most recently drought mitigation is a key area that is being concentrated on – attempting to provide a total relief rather than a handout. Currently LEADS works in the areas of Trincomalee, Jaffna, Amparai, Mannar and Vavuniya to provide relief and longer term rehabilitation for over 55,000 families.