Emergency Response Team

You won't necessarily hear about it on the news, but CAFOD is on the ground responding to emergencies as they happen across the world. From floods, earthquakes or famine, we work with local experts to get food, water and shelter to survivors as quickly as possible. By donating to our Emergency Response Team you are truly helping people when they are most in need.

Your monthly donation will help people survive

Those who live through disasters are normal people - mothers, fathers, doctors, teachers. People who were just going about their lives when disaster struck. Your help can get them back on track. Sadly, Covid-19 has presented yet another threat to people's safety, and it has made dealing with other emergencies even harder.

But with monthly gifts like yours you can help these people survive and start to rebuild their lives. In those first few hours and days you will bring food, water, medicine and shelter to hardworking people who have lost everything through no fault of their own.

Working with local experts, we go on to support communities long-term with the tools and training they need to rebuild their lives. Your donation really will make a massive difference.

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There is always hope

The Emergency Response Team has existed for years, but the need has grown. The climate crisis makes severe weather such as cyclones, flooding and droughts more common, particularly affecting those who are already forced to live in the most vulnerable areas. The coronavirus pandemic has given us all a taste of what it is like to live under the threat of disaster. But imagine dealing with a pandemic at the same time as cyclones, floods and famines. Sadly, that's the exact situation for many of the people we work with around the world.

But there is always hope. Your donation will help people to survive. It's as simple as that.

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Luisa's story

In 2019, Cyclone Idai wreaked havoc across south-east Africa. Mozambique suffered the brunt of 127 mph winds. Hundreds of people died and 2.6 million people were left without homes, clean water to drink and food to eat.

Luisa lives in a remote village in Mozambique and remembers when the cyclone hit. She told us:

"Everything was gone - blankets, plates, the house. It was all carried away by the water, so we didn't even have anything to cover ourselves. The house was gone completely. First the cyclone came and destroyed the house. Then the next day came the flood so there was nowhere to go. Everywhere was flooded completely."

Luisa, Mozambique

Thankfully, working with local Caritas emergency response experts, we quickly got food packs and hygiene kits to the people who needed them most. Since then, we have provided tools and shelter materials so that people like Luisa can start to rebuild their lives.

Luisa is one example of the thousands of people we help when disasters strike. Find out more about some of the other emergencies we are responding to right now.

Your monthly donation will help people survive. You can make sure that vital food, water, medicine and shelter reaches people who have lost everything following a disaster.

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Monthly giving - your questions answered

How is a monthly gift different to a one-off gift?

Regular monthly donations and single gifts are both vital in our work to end poverty. All donations we receive mean we can reach the poorest communities and people who are most in need. They also mean we have essential funds ready for emergencies when they happen.

How much does monthly giving contribute to the total money raised for CAFOD?

Monthly giving is a significant and important part of our funding, with over £6 million donated regularly each year. It makes up nearly a quarter of the donations we receive from the Catholic community, which means it is one of our largest sources of funding.

Why are CAFOD asking for a monthly gift to support/fund their emergency response?

Large-scale emergencies can happen at any time. Natural disasters such as storms, earthquakes, tsunamis and cyclones can devastate huge areas within hours. Monthly gifts allow us to always have money available to help as soon as a disaster strikes. As well as responding quickly, knowing how much money we will receive allows us to plan just how much we can support at the time of crisis. Without this money we simply wouldn’t be able to help to the extent we do.

As well as larger emergencies, we are responding throughout the year to emergency situations which never make the headlines. Be it smaller scale flooding, drought or political unrest endangering the lives of civilians or – people struggle to survive these situations in countries all over the world. With your monthly gifts we can ensure we have enough money to reach those whose voices aren’t always heard.

Why should you regularly support emergencies?

Emergency situations see people facing the most extreme challenges. They can lose their homes, their livelihoods, their source of food, clean water, access to health care, their loved ones. By setting up a Direct Debit to become part of our ‘Emergency Response Team’ to support our work monthly you are reaching those facing their most desperate time of need.

What if I need to change or cancel my monthly gift?

We understand that people’s situations can change. If you need to change your bank details, change the amount you are giving, or pause or cancel your Direct Debit, please call our Supporter Care team on 0303 303 3030. They’re available Monday to Friday, from 9.30am to 5.30pm. Or email us on supportercare@cafod.org.uk (never send your card details via email).

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