Member of the DEC

A Syrian boy carrying blankets

The DEC brings 13 leading UK aid charities together in times of crisis: Action Aid, Age UK, British Red Cross, CAFOD, Care International, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief, Oxfam, Plan UK, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision; all collectively raising money to reach those in need quickly.

We only appeal when we know we can help.

These are the three key questions we ask

1) Does the scale and urgency of the disaster call for decisive action?

2) Are our member agencies in a position to provide effective and swift humanitarian assistance?

3) Will the public support us?

Once we decide, we act. The DEC alerts the Rapid Response Network (RRN), a unique alliance of the UK’s corporate and broadcasting sectors, to reach the British people through all channels of the media

What we have achieved so far

We have run 62 appeals and raised more than £1.1 billion since our launch in 1963 - helping to save millions of lives and rebuild communities devastated by disasters. Here are some numbers: £79million raised so far for the East Africa appeal, £71 million was raised for our Pakistan floods appeal, £107 million for the people of Haiti after it and was struck by an earthquake in 2010 and a record-breaking £392 million for the 2004 Tsunami Appeal.

Five examples of how the money has helped

The Congo (DR) Appeal 2008 provided improved access to safe drinking water for 31,492 households.

The Pakistan floods appeal provided healthcare for 342,000 people.

The Haiti Earthquake appeal gave 890,000 people access to safe toilets.

The Indonesia, Phillipines, and Vietnam appeal provided 75,000+ with seeds and fertiliser.

The Tsunami appeal money in 2004 paid for the building of 13,700 homes, 55 schools and 68 health centres.

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