Boy carries a container of emergency supplies with the Christian Aid logo on, in Iraq.

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.

Bangladesh Cyclone Roanu

On 21 May 2016, tropical storm Roanu made landfall on the coastal areas of Bangladesh. Eighteen districts were affected, and seven devastated, by heavy rain, strong winds and a severe storm surge rising to 2.7 metres.

  • Some 1.3 million people were directly affected by the cyclone’s impact.
  • More than 100 schools were damaged. 
  • Twenty seven people were killed and more than 200,000 were displaced.

Appeal launched

May 2016

Amount raised

More than £1.2m.

What we achieved

Within one week of the disaster, we:  

  • gave 6,606 households cash grants of BDT 4,000 (approximately £39) 
  • provided the same homes with hygiene kits (comprising water storage jars, soap, sanitary clothing, hydration and water purification tablets).

By the end of February 2017, we will have:

  • given 3,978 households cash grants of BDT 12,000 (approximately £125) each
  • provided the 6,606 homes that already received emergency assistance with cash grants of BDT 8,000 (approximately £83) each
  • renovated more than 200 toilets and 100 wells
  • held sessions on how to promote hygiene with 10,584 people.

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.

Ecuador Earthquake Appeal

In April 2016, a powerful earthquake hit the coastal provinces of Esmeraldas and Manabí in Ecuador. The quake claimed more than 650 lives and caused injury to approximately 16,000 people. 

By late April, 58 people were still missing and 6,998 buildings destroyed. Those living in shelters had increased to 25,640.

People were left without food and clean drinking water. Many slept on the streets, fearing that there could be looting in those shelters available.

According to reports, 13% of the population in Esmeraldas and Manabí – some 220,000 people – were affected by the earthquake.

Appeal launched

April 2016

Amount raised


What we achieved

With support from Start Fund, we were able to work with our partners to deliver immediate humanitarian aid for the most affected, and often hard to reach, communities.

From April to June, Christian Aid – together with our partners – supported a total of 658 families in 24 affected communities.

We gave out essentials, including blankets, mosquito nets, mattresses and hygiene kits, as well as clean water.

Ethiopia Drought Appeal

Era Negash, who teaches at Mana Barua Chabaa School, which took part in the School Feeding Programme funded by the appeal.

In 2016, Ethiopia faced its worst drought in three decades, triggering widespread crop failures. More than 10 million people were left in urgent need of food and water, after the El Niño weather phenomenon caused severe dry spells in large parts of the country.

  • Widespread crop failures meant farmers were unable to harvest anything for two consecutive planting seasons.
  • With food stocks in low supply, hard-hit families struggled to find enough food to eat.
  • More than 400,000 children suffered from severe malnutrition.
  • Hundreds of thousands of livestock died.

Appeal launched

April 2016

Amount raised


What we achieved

  • We released £50,000 of emergency funds to help some of communities worst affected by the drought.
  • We fed 4,100 school children in Zuway Dugda, giving them nutritious meals for three months so that they wouldn’t go hungry and could continue attending classes.
  • We made sure that 700 children had access to safe drinking water.
  • We gave emergency supplies of seed and fertiliser to 300 of the most vulnerable families, to help them plant new crops. 

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.

Nepal Earthquake Appeal

In 2015, two fatal earthquakes ripped through Nepal.

The devastation was so severe it took days for charities and agencies to reach people.

  • nearly 9,000 people lost their lives
  • hundreds of thousands of people were left homeless

Appeal launched

April 2015

Amount raised

£3.25 million

What we achieved

With your help, we provided shelter, water, food and sanitation to 1.5 million people in the most vulnerable communities.

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.

Zika virus

Zika virus was confirmed in Brazil in May 2015, and soon spread throughout the Americas.

The virus, which is most commonly spread through being bitten by an infected mosquito, can cause infant microcephaly, a condition where babies are born with abnormally small heads. 

  • By August 2016, 45 countries and territories in the Americas had confirmed cases of Zika infection.
  • Zika infection was also reported in pregnant women in 18 countries and territories in the Americas.
  • According to the Brazil Ministry of Health, between 22 October 2015 and 26 March of 2016, there were 6,776 suspected cases of microcephaly or other nervous system defects in newborns reported.

Appeal launched

February 2016

Amount raised


What we achieved

  • Along with our partners, we were among the first to respond to the Zika outbreak.
  • In 2016, we worked in rural schools and communities, in El Salvador, Brazil, and Bolivia, to promote safer practices and awareness raising, and counter the spread of Zika.
  • Our work has focused on preventing the spread of infection via mosquito bites, and has particularly targeted women who are pregnant or of childbearing age.

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