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.

East Africa Appeal

Mother and child in a malnutrition clinic in East Africa

East Africa Food Crisis 

A catastrophic food crisis left millions of people in East Africa facing the threat of starvation. At its peak, some 20m people in the region were affected by intense food shortages, fuelled by either severe drought or civil conflict.


Appeal launched

February 2017

Amount raised


What we achieved

Through our partners, we have reached nearly 75,000 people across South Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia. As well as responding to immediate relief needs, we have also helped communities recover and build their resilience in the long-term.

Our partners provided:

  • safe, clean drinking water to over 21,000 people
  • food supplies to 6,000 people
  • food vouchers to 600 families
  • fishing materials to 6,000 people, to give them a sustainable way to find nutritious food
  • survival kits (kitchen materials, plastic sheets, mosquito nets) to 6,000 people
  • cash distributions to over 2,500 families, so they can meet their essential needs
  • emergency feeds for animals owned by more than 1,200 livestock owners, to give them a means to earn a living again.

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.

Hurricane Matthew Appeal

Appeal launched

October 2016

Amount raised

What we achieved

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.

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.

Iraq Crisis Appeal

Baynyan, northern Iraq. Refugees registering for hygiene kits and aid.

The Iraq Crisis began in July 2014 with the taking of Iraqi cities, including Mosul, by the so called Islamic state (IS), forcing thousands of people to leave their homes and seek refuge in safer areas of the country.

The military operations led by the Iraqi government and supported by the Peshmerga and international forces resulted in further mass displacement. At the peak of the crisis more than 3 million people were internally displaced.

The crisis in Iraq has been further compounded by the conflict in Syria with hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees seeking safety in Iraq, with the majority having fled to the Kurdish region. There are currently 8.7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, 2.6 million internally displaced and 247,379 registered Syrian refugees across Iraq.

Despite the end of major anti- IS military operations, a volatile security situation remains.

Appeal launched

June 2014

Amount raised

More than £1.5m.

What we achieved

The programme has aimed to respond to immediate relief needs and in the final year has focused on supporting recovery and resilience of displaced and vulnerable populations.

This has included:

  • emergency food, NFIs (including winterisation assistance), cash/vouchers, WASH, health care
  • protection - including GBV case management
  • support to the longer-term displaced, with approaches and interventions that strengthen the ability of IDPs and refugees to recover, sustain, promote, and / or protect their livelihoods: cash for work, vocational training, small business start-up grants
  • social cohesion and peace-building initiatives
  • advocacy, (largely in the private sphere), seeking to influence stakeholders towards a peaceful resolution to the conflict, protection of civilians and an improved and coordinated humanitarian response.

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.

Nigeria Crisis Appeal

Falmata Bulama and her children fled their home to escape Boko Haram

Terrorist attacks by Boko Haram have displaced around two million people in Nigeria. Many of them have seen loved ones killed, and their homes and belongings destroyed.

The Nigeria Crisis Appeal was launched to reach families in desperate need of food, water and shelter in north-east Nigeria: in Borno, Adamawa and Gombe states.

Fortunately, people in other communities are generous enough to help - nearly 80% of displaced people live with families who offer them shelter.

Appeal launched

January 2017

Amount raised

What we achieved

We were one of the few humanitarian organisations to provide support to both displaced people and their host households.

Your donations helped to provide

  • 240,000 people with food assistance 
  • 160,000 households with livelihood support to produce their own food 
  • cash transfers to 21,000 people for essential needs 
  • urgent nutrition for 22,000 children under five.

Refugee Crisis Appeal

Boys exercising in a refugee camp in Serbia

Our Refugee Crisis Appeal supported large numbers of people fleeing conflict in the Middle East.

Appeal launched

September 2015

Amount raised

£2.2m (Christian Aid appeal) + £647,000 (other funding sources)

Sierra Leone Mudslide Appeal

Torrential rain in Sierra Leone in August 2017 caused fatal flooding and mudslides, killing more than 1,000 people, including many children.

In Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, many houses were submerged or swept away, leaving 3,000 people without a safe place to call home.

Appeal launched

August 2017

Amount raised


What we achieved

In the short term

  • Our partners distributed food, clothes, and hygiene items like soap and sanitary towels to 900 people made homeless by the disaster in Freetown.
  • Our partners also taught mudslide survivors about good sanitation and hygiene, so that people living in temporary camps could stay healthy and well, free of diseases such as cholera. We also trained communities to help prevent the spread of HIV and reduce the risk of violence against women and girls.

In the long term

  • Thanks to your donations, our partners helped 250 children return to school after losing everything in the disaster. The pupils received school bags, uniforms, shoes, stationery and textbooks so that they could continue their education.
  • Our partners also handed out teaching supplies to local schools.  

South Sudan Crisis Appeal

Women in South Sudan working in the field

In October 2015, South Sudan faced its worst food crisis with some 30% of the population urgently in need of food and security. Years of conflict had disrupted harvests, collapsed the economy and caused food and fuel prices to rise. Amid these severe humanitarian needs, conflict and human rights abuses also continued. We scaled up our emergency response to provide desperately needed support.

Appeal launched

October 2015

Amount raised

Over £750,000

What we achieved

Through our local partners we:

  • Provided cash grants to 950 families so they could immediately buy food and basic necessities.  
  • Provided safe drinking water to over 70,000 people alongside hygiene promotion and sanitation awareness.
  • Provided seeds and tools to 2,300 families to help them improve their livelihoods.  
  • Engaged communities to help build peace and increase their ability to resolve conflict.

Our work with the most vulnerable households in South Sudan continues.

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.

Yemen Crisis Appeal

A malnourished child in Yemen

In December 2016, the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), of which Christian Aid is a member, launched an emergency appeal for people facing hunger in Yemen. Through the appeal, we delivered much-needed nutrition, health, water, sanitation and hygiene to people in Yemen.

Appeal launched

December 2016

Amount raised

£30m (including £5m from the UK government)

What we achieved

Find out more about our Yemen Crisis Appeal

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.