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Past emergencies

We have been providing emergency support since 1945

Working locally throughout the year, we are there when a disaster strikes and remain in the country to better prepare communities in the event of a future crisis.

Find out about previous emergencies we have responded to below. Get key facts about each appeal, see how much money we raised and the difference we made to people’s lives with your donations.

Help us be there when a disaster strikes

Your support allows us to work all year round – so we can respond immediately in a crisis.

Ebola crisis

A health worker tends to a woman

In March 2014, the largest ever outbreak of the deadly Ebola disease spread across West Africa. The worst-affected countries were Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

Ebola is much more than a medical issue; it affected the economy, education and healthcare systems and soon escalated into a humanitarian crisis.  

  • Worldwide, there have been 28,646 cases of Ebola virus disease.
  • In total, 11,323 people died from the disease.
  • 3,956 people died from Ebola in Sierra Leone.

Appeal launched

October 2014

Amount raised

£37 million (together with the Disasters Emergency Committee)

What we achieved

Our immediate emergency response included:
  • providing powdered chlorine to disinfect health centres
  • training more than 9,000 health volunteers who reached 50,000 households across Sierra Leone with key advice to prevent Ebola transmission
  • providing food and other essentials to those in quarantine.
As part of our vital recovery work, we’ve been:
  • supporting local organisations in Sierra Leone to restore health units and improve water and sanitation facilities, particularly in rural areas
  • helping Ebola survivors to rebuild their lives by providing livestock and veterinary services, seeds, farming tools and vocational training
  • training faith leaders so they can offer counselling to their communities
  • supporting orphans who've lost their parents to Ebola, offering psychological help and provision of essentials.

Gaza crisis

A girl holds up a handmade picture of a sheep

Between July and August 2014, Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory experienced escalated levels of violence. Aerial, naval and land bombardments hit the Gaza Strip and rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel.

  • 1,492 Palestinian civilians and four Israeli civilians were killed.
  • At least 500,000 Palestinians were displaced from their homes – almost a quarter of the population of the Gaza strip.

Appeal launched

July 2014

Amount raised

More than £17 million (together with the Disasters Emergency Committee)

What we achieved

  • We provided medical treatment to more than 30,000 people.
  • We restored clean water to 100,000 displaced people.
  • We continue to give children and young people psychological support to deal with the trauma experienced during the crisis.

Haiti earthquake

A row of turquoise-coloured homes in Haiti

On 12 January 2010 an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale struck near the capital of Haiti, Port au Prince.

The resulting destruction was devastating:
  • More than 220,000 people were killed and 300,000 were injured
  • 1.5 million people lost their homes
  • the total value of damage and losses was estimated at more than 120% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2009.

Appeal launched

January 2010

Amount raised

More than £14 million

What we achieved

  • Funds were spent strategically over several years, with the overall goal to support the reconstruction of Haiti and demonstrably ‘build back better.’
  • We supported the most vulnerable households affected, working through local partners on food security, economic recovery, psychological and social support, emergency shelter and health.
  • In total, we reached 185,484 through the emergency response.
  • We later worked to make communities more resilient to future hazards.
  • Over time, the humanitarian work merged with our long-term programme work in Haiti.

Indian Ocean tsunami

A man stands behind a fishing net at sunset

On 26 December 2004, almost 250,000 people were killed when an earthquake in the Indian Ocean triggered a tsunami wave that wiped out whole communities across south Asia. 

Find out more about our response to the tsunami

Appeal launched

December 2004

Amount raised

£45 million

What we achieved

Our partners in India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka were there at the beginning, delivering immediate relief. They stayed for the following five years, helping to rebuild shattered lives.

Through your generous donations, we:
  • built 24,000 homes
  • helped to get 144,500 children back to school
  • provided 88,450 people with trauma counselling
  • helped 263,000 people back to work.

Typhoon Haiyan

A man and boy stand together in front of a wooden building

On 8 November 2013 one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded made landfall in the Philippines. In the early hours of the morning, typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) ripped through islands in the Visayas region, destroying millions of lives.

  • Waves measured eight metres carried by winds of up to 195 mph.
  • The typhoon claimed the lives of 6,340 people, injured thousands and left 4.1 million people displaced.
  • 4.1 million people were displaced.
  • 1 million homes were damaged.

Appeal launched

November 2013

Amount raised

More than £10 million (together with the Disasters Emergency Committee)

What we achieved

For large-scale emergencies like Haiyan, funds are always used strategically as the road to recovery can be a long and gruelling process and priorities change throughout.

In the case of the Philippines, it was important that we not only helped communities to recover, but to also equip them with the knowledge and skills to help them protect themselves against the changing climate.

  • We reached more than 180,000 people in the immediate aftermath.
  • Complex landscape and logistics made it difficult to reach more remote areas, but our partners were on the ground providing the most vulnerable communities with vital supplies including food, water, sleeping mats, blankets and shelter kits.
  • We were also able to provide livelihoods training: we gave people the tools to help them rebuild their livelihoods, such as fishing boats, nets and seeds.
  • Cash grants were also provided as part of cash for work schemes that helped rebuild the community.

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