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Helping communities prepare in disaster-struck regions

Thu 17 Oct 2019

Lloyd’s Charities Trust partners with Habitat for Humanity Great Britain and launches a market wide build trip to Malawi.

Lloyd’s Charities Trust focus on building resilient communities by supporting causes relevant to the market and our people. That’s why we are excited to announce our new partnership with Habitat for Humanity Great Britain, working together to build disaster resilient communities which support the most vulnerable; women, children, the elderly and those living with disabilities.

A key component of the new partnership is our project funded solely by Lloyd’s Charities Trust to support families in the Chikwawa district in Malawi. The area was badly affected by severe flooding and devastation caused by Cyclone Idai in March 2019.

This project will utilise the resources of the Lloyd’s market to help Habitat for Humanity increase their knowledge of why certain communities choose to live in flood-prone lowland areas in the country. The findings of the research will be released in 2020 and will enable a more effective response by Habitat for Humanity and other local partners to future devastating natural disasters, in this and other regions.

Habitat for Humanity - An example of their disaster proofed homes in Southern Africa
Habitat for Humanity - An example of their disaster proofed homes in Southern Africa

The project will also give more than 20,000 individuals access to community rescue hubs; giving local families access to training sessions and materials to ‘disaster proof’ their homes. They will also function as emergency shelters for 36 families, reducing vulnerability in the region. Collaboration with local communities and authorities and capacity building is key to the success of disaster preparation and this is the heart of what we will do. 

Beyond our project, there will be many ways that colleagues from the Lloyd’s market can support our partnership and we would love to hear from you. These include:

  • Take part in our exciting Build trip to Malawi in October 2020 open to anyone working in the Lloyd’s market where you will work with local builders to help construct homes for a week and share your professional skills.
  • Sharing knowledge and insight around climate and flood resilience trends.
  • Giving pro-bono support to help Habitat for Humanity calculate community level disaster risks and environmental risks such as mapping, data sources and risk reduction strategies.
  • Giving advice around catastrophe micro-insurance and climate-based index insurance.
  • Fundraise to support our partnership. From running, to cycling, swimming, mud runs and walking, Habitat for Humanity have a range of fundraising opportunities all year round. 

To get in the festive mood, we are also taking part in Habitat for Humanity’s Gingerbread House Challenge this December, where you will be working with a team to build a gingerbread house this Christmas. The best ones will enter a national competition where the winning team will be awarded a Christmas hamper.

Want to take get involved in any of the above?

Please contact responsiblebusiness@lloyd.com for more information and find out more about our partnership here.