Human Aid Now has taken special care to ensure bureaucracy within the organization is at a minimum. Consequently, we have been able to provide emergency help to refugee camps in Greece, Serbia, France and the Netherland within 24 hours of receiving a request.
The ability to react to these urgent situations is one of the key things that differentiates us from larger, more wealthy humanitarian organizations. Whenever there is an emergency, we have the capacity and agility to arrange a first response, lasting anywhere between one and ninety days.
The moment we react to an emergency, we actively start looking for larger stakeholders with higher funding levels to join the project and lead in the long-term.
For example, in the Istron Hotel in Giannitsa, Greece, we provided basic food and hygiene supplies for a month, after which we organized 7 other NGOs to join forces and step up to share the pressure of financial and volunteer resources. As a result, the 130 refugees in the Istron Hotel, including 25% pregnant women and babies, got their basic needs met from day one and we secured a sustainable solution for them moving forward.