We provide emergency humanitarian aid to save lives, alleviate suffering, and preserve human dignity during and after man-made and natural disasters, as well as to prevent and prepare for them. Our humanitarian actions are guided by humanity, impartiality, neutrality, and independence. Disaster victims’ basic needs and well-being are our priority. HOD’s humanitarian crisis responses are based on the understanding that effective emergency response requires not only lessons learned, best practices, and normative principles of the broader humanitarian assistance field, but also a rigorous understanding of the local context and vulnerability factors.
HOD believes that even emergency responses mobilized with the best of intentions can have unintended negative effects on local capacity to recover from crises and rebuild stronger, more resilient communities if not based on rigorous, integrated assessment of the local context. For this reason, HOD’s emergency response goal is to save lives and meet immediate needs while laying the groundwork for recovery and resilience. We provide “conflict-sensitive” aid in accordance with the do-no-harm principle. Our programs are designed, managed, implemented, and adapted to maximize peacebuilding opportunities in conflict areas and among target communities.