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We want to see emergency needs met

Our approach to emergency response is born out of the belief that every person is made in the image of God, with inherent dignity and worth. So we are determined to support those who are hardest to reach and those most in need. We’re committed to impartiality at every stage of an emergency response and to supporting the most vulnerable, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, ability, age, gender, sexuality or nationality.

We are passionate about equipping and supporting our local partners so that they lead the response when disaster strikes in ways that best reflect both the local need and context through initiatives like our Disaster Management Capacity Assessment programme. As well as meeting immediate needs, we work hard to address underlying vulnerabilities and weak coping mechanisms that can cause or exacerbate disasters and crises.

Involving faith communities is crucial in our approach to disaster preparedness and emergency response. As the world faces the impact of Covid-19, Tearfund continues to work with faith leaders and the local church to recover from the global pandemic and ‘build back better’. A large part of our response and recovery work is ensuring that people are better able to anticipate, adapt to, absorb and recover from the effects of both natural and man-made disasters.

What makes us different

Our real strength lies in the long-established relationships we have with local churches and Christian networks around the world. These have enabled us to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic in more than 40 countries this year. It is the strength of these bonds that allows us to support long-term recovery and to help communities build the resilience needed to face future disasters and crises.

This year we are celebrating:

 What we learnt

The church is most effective when it’s involved in every stage of an emergency response: from initial design to mobilising volunteers; from distributing goods to supporting people’s wellbeing. We must continue to support and strengthen the local church through resources and approaches that are appropriate to the local context. To this end, Tearfund and partner humanitarian specialists are working with churches and communities to identify the gaps that the pandemic has highlighted.

We know we can go further

A global review we commissioned highlighted the difficulties that our country teams had when planning as a result of uncertainty around the scale of the unfolding emergency; how much funding they would receive; and when it would be allocated.

Going forward, we will strengthen our preparedness at country level through improved analysis of the impact of an emergency, and will allocate funding to countries in clearly defined amounts, allowing them to plan more effectively.

Going forward in 2021/22, we aim to: 

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