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We want to see emergency needs met

Our belief in God’s restoration plan compels us to respond to disasters and conflicts as an expression of love for those in need.

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to cause unprecedented suffering as restrictions and economic shocks threaten to push millions back into poverty. The poorest communities are also suffering the worst impacts of climate change, including rising temperatures and environmental degradation. And conflict and violence continue to cause misery, including this year in Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Chad, DRC, Ethiopia, Mali, Myanmar, Yemen and Ukraine.

We’ve also responded to devastating natural and climate related disasters, including the volcanic eruption in DRC, an earthquake in Haiti, flooding in Pakistan and tropical storms in southern Africa. We equip and support churches and local partners to ensure responses are locally-led and contextually appropriate. Our direct access to communities through these links and networks is what makes us distinctive. At the heart of our approach is mutual learning, resilience and a hope mindset. So we also work closely with communities to reduce the risk of future disasters, strengthen coping mechanisms and address underlying vulnerabilities. Where necessary, we also work directly through our own operational programmes currently in DRC, South Sudan and CAR.

We hold ourselves accountable to people affected by disasters, ensuring clear channels of communication so that communities can participate fully and give feedback. We coordinate with networks and peers within the humanitarian sector to ensure best practice across our work.

This year we are celebrating:

 What we learnt

An evaluation of Tearfund’s global Covid-19 response found that our extensive network of faith-based and local partners contributed significantly to our ability to reach those in need quickly, effectively and appropriately. We also learnt the importance of contextualisation: for example, the public health information materials that had the most impact were those that had been tailored to the local context.

We know we can go further

Climate change is increasing the frequency of disasters and communities’ vulnerability to their effects. For this reason, we are committed to expanding our work in environmental sustainability, in particular, reducing our carbon footprint when we respond to new emergencies and designing environmentally sensitive programmes. We hold ourselves accountable to the Climate and Environment Charter for Humanitarian Organisations, that we signed in September 2021. 

Going forward in 2022/23, we aim to: 

  • Improve our ability to reach disaster-affected populations in difficult and fragile settings, by expanding our operational approaches: for example, combining direct response and working with partners
  • Continue work to establish regional Emergency Response Registers (ERRs) to help identify and train Tearfund and partner staff who are able to respond to crises at short notice
  • Develop e-learning resources for church leaders, to strengthen the ability of local churches to respond when disaster strikes

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