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Another chance to live and thrive

Amina Sani lost everything when Boko Haram attacked her village in 2015. Like many other people living in Gora, Shani Borno State Nigeria, Amina and her family returned to their village with all means of livelihood gone, everything destroyed. As a mother of 7, making a living as a potter proved hard. So, when Amina was enlisted to be part of a saving and loans scheme, and trained in business skills, supported by Christian Aid and WFP, she was extremely grateful. ‘May Christian Aid live long’. Amina prays. To support her children, Amina has remained extremely committed to the saving and loans scheme. With an initial seed fund of N12,000, Amina borrowed a further N5,000 from friends, just enough to start a grain business. Within weeks of buying and selling grain, Amina paid back her loan and invested in buying mobile network cards, which she now sells as well as grain. Now, when Amina sells her grain, she makes N1,000 per bag. The mobile network cards are also profitable, and she makes 10% profit on her investments in this area of her business. ‘Being a member of Christian Aid’s saving and loans scheme was a turning point in my life’, Amina says. She explains that making clay and pottery was previously not profitable, and that her new business has made life much easier for her and for her family. It has given her another chance to live and thrive. ‘My children now eat well’ Amina explains, and she is happy that her last child is active and happy. Amina is one of many women from Gora Village, Shani Borno State who have turned their lives around through the support of this project.

Giving Hope to People in Conflict

Christian Aid Blanket Supplementary Feeding Program (BSFP) project provided immediate life-saving food and nutrition assistance to breast-feeding and children under the age of five years.

LPRR: Philippines case study policy recommendations

In 2009, typhoon Ketsana hit the Philippines. Metro Manila was faced with a rapid onset flood from the typhoon rains and flooding of the Marikina and Nangka rivers. 455 mm of rainwater fell in 24 hours, killing 747 people and displacing hundreds of thousands of people.  In 2013, Typhoon Haiyan hit the central part of the Philippines affecting 14.1 million people, killing 6000 people and destroying more than 1 million homes. Linking Preparedness Resilience and Response in Emergency Contexts (LPRR) is a START DEPP DFID-funded three-year, consortium-led project which is aimed at strengthening humanitarian programming for more resilient communities. For this paper the communities include those living in the two study site areas: Taytay and Mahayag. The consortium is led by Christian Aid and includes Action Aid, Concern Worldwide, Help Age, Kings College London, Muslim Aid, Oxfam, Saferworld and World Vision. The countries of focus include Kenya, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic Congo, Colombia, Indonesia and the Philippines and cover a multi-risk profile.

BRACED building financial resilience case study from Ethiopia

As part of the global Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) programme, Christian Aid is leading the consortium through its Climate Information and Assets for Resilience in Ethiopia (CIARE) project. CIARE, aims to help communities in Ethiopia become more resilient to climate extremes.

BRACED building the resilience of vulnerable communities in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, Christian Aid is implementing BRACED (Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters) through a three-year multi-stakeholder and multidisciplinary initiative called Climate Information and Assets for Resilience in Ethiopia (CIARE). Working with the National Meteorological Agency (NMA), the UK Met Office, BBC Media Action and Action for Development (AFD), the project aims at bringing climate information services to vulnerable communities using 'woreda' or vernacular level weather forecasts.

The Climate Challenge

Case study on community adaptation and women's empowerment in Bangladesh.

Resilience case studies

The following nine case studies illustrate how we interpret resilience – as a means of putting communities and individuals at the centre of their own development.

Climate-Resilient Agriculture: what small-scale producers need to adapt to climate change

Agriculture is the economic sector most vulnerable to climate change and it is directly responsible for about 25% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Partnering for Resilience: Reducing disaster risks through effective partnerships

Case studies from Christian Aid’s Building Disaster Resilient Communities programme and preparedness projects in Asia, Africa and Central America.

South Sudan: a tale of two crises

South Sudan is facing catastrophic food shortages, caused by four years of conflict in the country: nearly 5m people don’t know where their next meal will come from. Christian Aid has been providing food vouchers, farming training and other humanitarian support to communities hit by the hunger crisis.

ECRP resilience video: helping people help themselves

A case study video from Malawi showing how people are being enabled to move beyond survival and subsistence, to enjoy thriving and dignified lives. YouTube video