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 respond to those in need.

What we’re doing

We have over 40 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. 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

  • 700,000

    The number of people who have died in disaster events over the last ten years

  • Vanuatu

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

Jacob's Story

Jacob's Story

In a disaster, Tearfund is there for the people who need us most. People like Jacob, in Vanuatu. Jacob lost his entire home and livelihood in Cyclone Pam. Through the generous donations of people like you, we’re able to walk alongside people like Jacob and help restore what was broken and then build resilience for the future. 

“My name is Jacob Talla and I am the Chairman of the Nasi Tuan (Tearfund’s partner) Coffee Cooperative Group. I’ve lived here on this land in Middlebush since I was born. In all my life and even my grandparent’s life we’ve never seen a storm this great. Before Cyclone Pam, things weren’t so tough. Our land was green, we had flowers and trees and a good garden and coffee plantation.

"The storm destroyed my property. My coffee plantations were covered in large trees and logs and my garden was gone. As the coffee chairman of Nasi Tuan, I am overwhelmed by this problem that not only I face, but all the farmers in the group".

I had three plots of coffee beans and would harvest about 100kg in a year. Coffee gives a good amount of money but it is hard work as it takes years to be profitable. With our garden, we get a return after three months on our sweet potatoes and cassava. When I heard the cyclone was coming, we prepared by putting heavy objects on our roof to hold the tin down. We also put up covers to protect our windows. But by midnight I could see we would not make it in the house and so we ran to the Nasi Tuan office. When we came out in the morning I was scared to see what happened.

This year I think my group will be collectively able to produce just under half a tonne. Last year it was 16 tonnes and this year we expected it to be 25-30 tonnes. Nasi Tuan will help us start again by giving us new coffee plants and salvaging the ones we have by pruning.”


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

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Your donation will go to our Disaster and Peacebuilding work.

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We need your on-going financial support to be able to fund our work through our partners. Click here to make a regular donation of $20 or more to where the need is greatest.

Get Involved

Thank you so much for your interest in our Disaster and Peacebuilding work. Click here if you want to get more involved.