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Emergency Response








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Figures correct as of February 2020. ^Effectiveness Report 2018-19.

Afghanistan Appeal: The unfolding humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, the result of food insecurity and conflict, is forcing thousands of people from their homes.
Read more or donate.

Northern Ethiopia (Tigray) Emergency Appeal: Tens of thousands of people have been forced from their homes in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia and have fled across state and international borders in search of refuge. Tearfund Australia is supporting our partner, the Ethiopian Kale Heywet Church Development Commission, to help around 1,500 of the most vulnerable displaced families to buy food and other essentials over the next two months. Read more or donate.

COVID-19: How Tearfund and our international partners are responding.

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During the 2015 Nepal earthquake, Tearfund's partner United Mission to Nepal (UMN) were able to reach remote villages by helicopter. Photo: Ramesh Maharjan, UMN.

Tearfund supports both short-term emergency relief projects that enable disaster-affected people to survive, and medium-term recovery and rehabilitation projects.

Highest priority is given to those cases where community development work that Tearfund is already supporting is directly affected by a disaster. Care is taken to minimise the risk of relief inputs undermining local markets and communities' other self-help capacities. Focus is given to projects which help prepare communities for longer-term development initiatives.

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Tearfund supported the emergency response when Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines in 2013.
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With support from Tearfund, our partner UMN reached remote villages with aid after the 2015 Nepal earthquake. Photo: Ramesh Maharjan, UMN.
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In response severe food shortage and drought affecting several countries in east Africa in 2016, Tearfund helped fund the delivery of emergency health and nutrition aid for vulnerable children and families.
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In 2018, Tearfund raised funds to support the critical humanitarian needs of displaced Rohingya people in Bangladesh.

Principles and Standards

Tearfund is committed to the humanitarian assistance principles of humanity, impartiality, independence and neutrality as defined in the Core Humanitarian Standards. Tearfund is also committed to recognising and working towards applying the Core Humanitarian Standards, the Integral Quality Standards, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Code of Conduct for NGOs in Disaster Relief and Sphere Standards. Tearfund Australia is a signatory to Charter4Change – an initiative to enable a more locally-led response in the provision of humanitarian aid.

Donate Responsibly

During times of humanitarian crises people, especially Australians, feel compelled to give generously. When disasters strike, people often ask Tearfund whether we can accept goods for those who have suffered, and send them to our local partner organisations. While we are always grateful for offers of support and we recognise that people respond from their hearts and out of compassion, sending goods is rarely the best way to support those in need overseas.

The website explains what happens to many of the goods that are given in times of disaster, (you won’t believe some of the stories of inappropriate but well-meaning gifts!) and how the number of items given can even slow down the work of saving lives and result in money being wasted. The website describes how giving money to respected organisations such as Tearfund enables fast, flexible, and relevant support to be given to people in need.

Past Emergencies

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Cyclone Idai, Mozambique

On March 14, 2019, Cyclone Idai, an intense category 3 tropical cyclone, struck Mozambique with “massive and horrifying” impacts. Tearfund Australia supported our local partners to provide relief and assistance. Read more.

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Sulawesi, Indonesia – Earth quake and Tsunami

On Friday 28 September 2018, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 struck Sulawesi island in Indonesia. It led to a tsunami with waves up to three metres high hitting the city of Palu.

Tearfund Australia has responded through agencies in the Tearfund family and our partners in the Integral Alliance. Read more.