In the past 10 years, the number of people affected by disasters and conflict has almost doubled and this is expected to increase.

As climate change affects weather patterns, reduces land mass and places stress on resources, natural disasters are striking with increasing frequency and intensity. This, coupled with war and conflict, is creating more refugees than ever before.

We believe we're called to be peacemakers and to help those in need to recover when disasters strike.

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What we’re doing

We have over 44 years’ experience working in disasters and conflicts around the world to prevent and alleviate death, human suffering and loss of livelihoods.

When a disaster or conflict strikes, we respond through the Integral Alliance: a global network of Christian organisations that collaborate and share resources to effectively and quickly help those in need to recover. When a disaster or conflict hits, our typical response is to:

  • Assess the situation
  • Provide immediate emergency relief supplies
  • Rebuild communities and restore livelihoods
  • Provide ongoing support
  • Build future resilience to disasters and conflict

The UNDP estimates that $1 spent on disaster risk reduction saves $7 in relief and repairs.

We’re increasingly focussing on disaster risk-reduction and peacebuilding, as this is much more cost-effective than responding after a disaster or conflict strikes, and prevents human suffering and loss of lives down the track.

  • 1.7 billion

    Is the number of people who have had their lives disrupted due to disaster or conflict in the past 10 years

  • 1/122

    people are displaced by war, violence and persecution

  • 3,496

    Is the number of natural disasters in the first decade of the 21st century. Nearly five times the number of events in the 1970s

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  • $1 = $7

    The UNDP estimates that every $1 spent on disaster risk reduction saves $7 in relief and repairs

  • 1.3 million

    The number of people who have died in natural disasters over the last twenty years

  • Vanuatu

    is the country with the highest natural disaster risk followed by Tonga. World (Disaster) Risk Index 2013

Marwa's Story


“My name is Marwa* and I am 27 years old. I have five children, my youngest is 7 months and my eldest is 11 years old. We came here to Lebanon because of the war in Syria four years ago. We used to have a cow farm. I saw bombs, shelling, people dying and ruins all around us. Every day I heard stories of families losing their children and I was so scared of losing one of mine.

When we came here we had nothing except each other. We left everything we owned back in Syria. Some people who went to the church told us about how their church could help us. We reached out to them and they came and met with us.

"When I first met the Pastors I was depressed because of everything I had seen and been through. Soon after we started receiving things from the church like food vouchers, milk and diapers. We still receive these things today to help us."

My kids were affected by the war and even now when they hear an airplane fly by or fireworks at night, they think there is bombing and shelling. My hope for the future is for my children to get an education and to have no more sadness.”

With the generosity of people like you, Tearfund regularly responds to the needs of thousands of people, like Marwa and her family, every year who are devastated by natural disasters or affected by protracted conflicts.

*Name changed to protect identity.

How you can help

We need your support to respond to disasters and conflicts and to build peace and resilience in vulnerable communities.

Your donation will:

  • Help us respond to disaster and conflict when they strike to alleviate human suffering
  • Help communities to ‘bounce forward’ over the long-term after disasters strike
  • Build peace and reduce tension between people groups
  • Help communities to plan for disasters, so they are better prepared to withstand them when they strike
  • Help communities adapt to the effects of climate change

Find out why donating is better than sending goods, and how you can volunteer, here


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As Kiwis, our response is often pulling up our shirts sleeves and getting our hands dirty, mucking in, tackling it head on, and getting it done. You can support our work, volunteer, learn, pray, campaign, and partner with us.

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