About the Program

About the Program

This program has been set-up to assist victims of major disasters in the Algarve. We classify major disasters to be fires, tsunamis, serious eartquakes, serious local economic meltdows and health pandemics.


The typical disasters that the Algarve faces year-after-year are massive felt and forest fires that race through hundreds or even thousands of acres of land. These fires have destroyed hundreds of homes, many livelihoods and even animal and human lives.

In past few years, members of our executive team and many of our volunteers have been directly involved in assisting fire victims. Not only with procuring and providing items of first necessity such as clothing, food and temporary accommodation, but also with practical advice and guidance.

Out of our experiences in the field, and with the help of many people, we have put together some guidelines about various issues that affect fire victims immediately after a fire, as well as in the medium and long term.


Early in 2020 with the declaration of a global health pandemic by governments accross the world, devastating impacts on the sustainability of local communities is already been felt by many local residents and small business owners.

In an endeavour to assist in mitigating some of the negative impacts, Empowerment Gateway has implemented a few direct support programs in the Algarve.

Financial Stress

In this section of our website, you will find a series of short articles that we hope will assist you, and go a long way towards minimising your stress levels.