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Friday 13 October is the International Day for Disaster Reduction. So this month seems a fitting time to remember how you’re helping communities worldwide to stay safe and avoid disaster.

The International Day for Disaster Reduction was set up in 1989 by the United Nations General Assembly. Like them, we believe that ‘prevention is better than cure’ when it comes to disasters. And that’s why we do everything we can to protect families in vulnerable communities – before the worst comes to the worst.

But we simply couldn’t do this without the help of generous supporters like you. Your kindness is what puts us on the ground in disaster-prone regions, helps us minimise risks and allows us to keep many thousands of families safe from harm.

So today, we’d like to say a huge thank you, on behalf of mothers like Feroza.

A woman walks along a grassy bank next to a river in Gaibandha, Bangladesh

Feroza lives with her three children near the Brahmaputra River in Bangladesh. This river gives local farmers plenty of water for their crops and livestock. But it also floods often – and when it does, the raging current sweeps away everything in its path.

Plenty of Feroza’s neighbours have stories to tell. Stories of crops uprooted, homes flattened and children lost in the treacherous floodwaters.

Yet these days, Feroza feels safe – thanks to you and your fellow supporters.

With your help, we’ve raised Feroza’s home off the low-lying floodplain and onto safer and higher ground, which the waters never reach. On her new, safe plot of land, this hardworking mother is growing nutritious vegetables, breeding goats and ducks to sell at market and building a better life for her family.

With a smile, she told us: ‘I couldn’t imagine this kind of change could happen.’

A woman is sitting in a shelter smiling directly at the camera - Bangladesh

And the only reason it can is thanks to your wonderful generosity.

You’re helping families like Feroza’s avert disaster, stay safe and move towards a better future. So thank you once again – we really do appreciate it.