Land and Environmental Rights Watch Africa is mandated to intervene in the above-cited contextual challenges, through the following programmatic objectives:
When climate disasters and emergencies strike in the communities where we work, LERWA provides immediate humanitarian relief to the most affected.
Tororo district has over the past two decades increasingly experienced environmental hazards including soil erosion, floods, drought, hailstorms, strong winds, lightning, crop and animal pests and diseases, invasive species and land conflicts putting livelihoods at increased risk. The limited adaptive capacity and /or resilience and high sensitivity of households and communities in the district increase their vulnerability to hazard exposure necessitating urgent external support.
In the wake of a climate disaster or humanitarian crisis, people are left reeling, devastated by the loss of family, friends and their homes. In the immediate aftermath, people struggle to find the food, water and shelter they need to survive. The systems people rely on in their societies—schools, medical care, jobs and government services—are often disrupted.
LERWA follows a dual approach in responding to these crises: linking immediate relief in emergency situations and long-term development programs for sustainable change. Our emergency relief operations concentrate on the immediate supply of food. Transitioning into the recovery phase, our response shifts toward protecting and restoring livelihoods, thus contributing to reinstating longer-term food security. LERWA post-disaster measures aim to improve communities’ physical, social, environmental and economic conditions to prevent re-creating pre-disaster vulnerabilities and enhance their safety and resilience.