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VIDEO: Emergencies

To date Tearfund supporters and Irish churches have raised over €180k following our Philippines appeal. This was far more than we anticipated and we are truly grateful – thank you.

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When disasters strike, it is poor communities who feel the impact most.

On October 4th 2016 Hurricane Matthew entered Haiti from the south-western coast, 230km southeast of the capital Port-au-Prince. Violent winds of nearly 220 km/h caused devastating impact, flash floods and mud slides.
While all of Haiti’s 10 million people were affected by this storm, some 3-5 million are suffering while the most vulnerable are the 60,000 still living in camps set up for those laready displaced by the 2010 earthquake. 1,500 churches and schools opened their doors to provide shelter in preparation for the hurricane. Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. Before the earthquake in 2010, 77 per cent of the population were living in poverty. The death toll of this current disaster is estimated at 1600 lives.

We would ask that you please pray for the people of Haiti and their needs right now which are:​

Safe access to food and fresh water with flooding and food stocks destroyed.
Assistance with hygiene and sanitation.
Shelter, with thousands of homes either destroyed or seriously damaged.
Agriculture and livestock. Crops have been destroyed and many cattle have been washed away.

The conflict in Syria has been going on since the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011. The conflict is now in its sixth year, with no end in sight.

The situation has deteriorated into a humanitarian crisis on a global scale, has spilled into neighbouring countries and European ones, and has become a threat to international stability, due to its complex social, political, economic and religious dimensions.

Tearfund Ireland has been working through local partners with the aim of meeting the humanitarian needs of people affected by the conflict in Syria. Focus has been on: food assistance through cash, food parcels or vouchers; provision of essential non-food items (NFIs) such as cooking utensils, bedding,
hygiene kits, blankets and heaters; formal and non-formal education as well as Child Friendly Spaces (CFSs); physical, mental, psycho-social and trauma care services; and support for housing as large numbers of refugees reside in urban areas, rather than camps.

At Tearfund Ireland, through our local church partners, God is using His church to bring hope and transformation. To be salt and light during these difficult times. Our hope is that we, the Christian church in Ireland, as well as churches overseas, can stand shoulder to shoulder to bring God’s hope and love to a broken world. Jesus came to proclaim good news to the poor and to set the oppressed free and we can be a part of that.

Fighting erupted in South Sudan at the end of 2013. So far the conflict has led to 1.5 million people fleeing their homes, of which 386,000 have left the country for neighbouring nations.

Although a ceasefire was signed last month between forces loyal to President Salva Kirr, who belongs to the Dinka ethnic group and former Deputy President Riek Machar who belongs to the Lou Nuer, insecurity has disrupted livelihoods and many face hunger.

Tearfund is responding in South Sudan and is providing emergency latrines and sanitation facilities as well as fixing boreholes and giving hygiene and sanitation awareness training. Tearfund are also running six feeding centres – addressing the urgent needs of malnourished mothers, pregnant women and children under five.

Tearfund is also working with local churches responding to the crisis such as Don Bosco church near the capital Juba. The church is accommodating 100 homeless families on its land who have fled their homes in fear of escalating ethnic violence.

Typhoon Haiyan has left thousands dead and millions affected across the Philippines

Tearfund’s partners are responding – helping survivors who urgently need food, water, shelter and support to find their loved ones.

Tearfund Ireland helps people to deal with the aftermath of emergencies and prepare for future disasters. We support the local church to respond quickly to the immediate needs in their community.

Where the scale of the emergency is beyond their capacity we send disaster response teams of engineers, nutritionists, doctors and project managers to bring relief. We provide clean water and sanitation to prevent the spread of diseases. We provide food for the hungry and shelter for the homeless. We train local farmers to plant drought-resistant crops to prevent future famines. We can’t stop disasters happening, but we can save lives when they strike.

Give to our Emergency Fund today

  • €18 a month over a year could provide six families with a temporary emergency latrine.
  • €29 a month over a year could pay for trauma counselling for ten children.

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