Scouts Australia recently approved the creation of a fund to assist Scouts internationally in the event of a natural or man made disaster. When the devastating Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, a number of Scouts Australia members raised concerns that we had no centralised, formal mechanism to assist those most in need.
“The ability to help Scout Associations help their countries in their time of need is vitally important”
“Internationally, Scouts often play an important role assisting during disasters, and the Scout program is vital in building resilient communities after disasters. Funding National Scout Organisations is an efficient and direct way of providing assistance.”
International Commissioner, Neville Tomkins.
Scouts Australia has a track record in helping disaster affected Scouts, from a major respite program for victims of the Chernobyl disaster in the late 1980s, to assistance for Scouts after the tsunami in Aceh, Indonesia on Boxing Day 2004, as well as to the Scouts of Japan after the 2011 Fukushima disaster through the SISEP program and 2013 Australian Jamboree.