Every year, we are seeing an increase in destructive weather around the world: more storms, more floods, more droughts. Thousands of people are losing their lives. Homes, schools, hospitals and crops are being destroyed. This is the reality of the climate crisis.
When disaster strikes, we must be ready to intercede on behalf of those in need. It is people living in the poorest communities who are bearing the brunt of this crisis, and it is pushing them further into poverty.
Where the need is greatest
Tearfund works in more than 50 countries and we have built strong relationships with local churches and communities. This enables us to respond powerfully and quickly when disasters hit. We’re committed to not only helping people with their immediate needs like shelter and food, but to provide vital training that will help them stand firm if disaster strikes again.
For example, in places like Nepal, Mozambique and Indonesia, our local partners have been teaching communities how to build stronger houses that can withstand storms. They have also trained local leaders in disaster response, which has led to lives being saved.
In Mozambique, training by Tearfund meant that local leaders were prepared when a cyclone hit. And through the donations of wooden boats and hand-radios by Tearfund and our local partner, CEDES, 300 people were rescued and brought to higher ground via boat when the storm hit.