Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction Project

The Problem: Tajikistan is a mountainous earthquake-prone country with a high level of poverty. Many houses in Tajikistan are poorly build using low quality materials. Due to the high structural vulnerability combined with a low level of preparedness for earthquakes and access to appropriate mitigation materials, the risk of a disaster following a major earthquake is high.

The Solution: With the goal of increasing disaster preparedness and awareness of vulnerable communities, and assisting them to be more resistant and better able to recover from the effects of an earthquake, our team partnered with ECHO and Mission East to implement initiatives throughout 8 regions of Tajikistan that involved capacity building, preparedness training, and small mitigation.

The Impact: over 40 communities strengthened in community based disaster management; 40,629 individuals trained in human rights, animal diseases, making preserves, general health awareness, infectious disease, and first aid; 570 community members trained in safer earthquake construction practices

Duration: 2003-2006

Earthquake shake table demonstration

Earthquake shake table demonstration


Mustafa Omar, CEO

Mustafa Omar
Chief Executive Officer

Mustafa Omar has worked for Shelter For Life International in the field and Headquarters management positions; managing projects, leading new business development, and guiding operations around the world. Mr. Omar was born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan and has worked in post-conflict reconstruction, Disaster Risk Reduction caused by human or natural phenomena, and market-revitalization efforts in Central Asia, East and West Africa, Europe, and Middle East for the past twenty (20) plus years. Mustafa holds graduate degrees in business administration and urban planning and is working on a PhD at the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University. Topics of research and professional interest include Market Resilience and Social Risk-Management, Influence of Environmental Degradation on Fragile Markets, Impact of Improving Physical Space on Lasting Peace, and the Interaction between Modern Governance and Informal Market Structures.

Gordon Wright
Vice Chairman

Gordon A. Wright is Founder and President of over 40 years with JIMI International and is an Elder at Tulsa Christian Fellowship. Mr. Wright owned and operated a lawn and tree service business for nearly 15 years. Mr. Wright also served with the US Army for three years in the 1960s.Two of Mr. Wright’s years were spent in South Korea as a Brigade Intelligence Sergeant. Mr. Wright has provided mentoring and counseling to spiritual leaders around the world; with specific attention to individuals in Russia, Ukraine and former Soviet Bloc countries. Mr. Wright helped to found and direct East/West Resources International and Global Assistance Partners International. Mr. Wright has served as one of the original founding board of directors for Shelter For Life International. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, Gordon grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and currently resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma.