At the request of the United Nation's World Food Programme (WFP), the Founder and CEO of Fuel Relief Fund, Ted Honcharik, traveled to Ghana on April 14 to lend his expertise at a Humanitarian Response Depot. The African country is home to one of the United Nations' six strategically placed Humanitarian Response Depots designed to procure, store, and transport emergency supplies.
This is the second time Ted Honcharik and Fuel Relief Fund have been asked by the WFP to provide expertise on what it takes to transport, store and secure fuel around the globe - having done similar work on a mission on the Yemen civil war.
Ted Honcharik explained, "We gave technical assistance on fuel inventory control, security, management and fuel automation. They saw that our team and board have the experience and skills, so they reached out a second time. In Ghana, we hope to make their jobs a bit easier by improving internal fuel supply and control.”
If the Ghana project is successful, it can result on improved fuel arrangements for Fuel Relief Fund's response team, creating more efficiency in humanitarian response systems and services to people in need.
Why is providing fuel so important in the aftermath of a disaster? Because it's needed for:
- Powering search and rescue missions to locate victims and transport them to life-saving care
- Transporting food, medicine and clean water
- Providing light wherever and whenever it is needed
- Pumping clean water
- Providing emergency power supply in relief camps
- Providing power to emergency hospitals where critical operations can be performed
- Disaster assessment teams determining the extent of damage and loss of life
- Strengthening preparedness, risk reduction and recovery efforts
When a major disaster strikes, one of the most critical resources to rescue and recovery is fuel, yet fuel supply and access are often cut off. Fuel Relief Fund is the only NGO in the world that exists for the purposes of procuring and delivering fuel where it's needed most. You can find out more about us here.