Building Resilient Communities in Southern Africa
Along the Zambezi River basin in Southern Africa, vulnerable communities are frequently exposed to natural disasters, particularly flooding. Since late 2011, the American Red Cross has been working with communities to identify and mitigate common hazards, and implement small-scale resiliency projects such as improving drainage in flood-prone areas, helping to flood-proof homes and planting trees to slow erosion and storm runoff. At the same time, the American Red Cross is strengthening the capacity of the Botswana Red Cross, through trainings and community contingency planning. A partnership between the American Red Cross and Red Cross partners in Southern Africa, this project is active across Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe. In total, this project aims to reach more than 66,000 people across the region, including 18,000 in Botswana.