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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.

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 also helps people in countries like India, Haiti and Pakistan 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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