Past emergencies

Working with our local experts on the ground, we know what people need as soon as a disaster strikes and where the need is greatest.

Men wading through water loading emergency supplies onto a boat, to deliver to communities cut off by Cyclone Idai.

Caritas food assistance being loaded onto boat for Buzi, an area no longer accessible by road. 

We work in areas affected by emergency situations, whether they make the news headlines or not.

Support our emergency work all year round by setting up a monthly direct debit

Ethiopia Food Crisis

Appeal launched: April 2016

Money raised: over £650,000

In 2016, parts of Ethiopia were affected by two consecutive failed rainy seasons. The north and north east of the country experienced long periods of drought, while the south and south east areas experienced severe flooding. More than 10 million people were left hungry and in need of food aid.

Your donations reached over 285,000 people affected by the drought, and among many things provided clean water points, emergency seeds and aid for under-fives and pregnant and breast feeding women.

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Sri Lanka Terrorist Attack Appeal

Appeal launched: April 2019

Money raised: Over £22,000

Following the bombing in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, CAFOD is supporting local aid experts on the ground.

Following the bombing in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, CAFOD is supporting local aid experts on the ground. 

On Easter Sunday in 2019, bomb blasts across Sri Lanka targeting churches and hostels killed more than 250 people. Following the attacks, there was widespread hostility between different members of communities and religious leaders were promoting peace and reconciliation.

Among other things we provided food and medicines as well as funding psycho-social support to those who were vulnerable. We are still working towards peace and reconciliation within the local communities.

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East Africa Food Crisis

Appeal launched: March 2017 alongside the DEC.

Money raised: Together we raised £60 million.

In 2017 over 23 million people across South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya were in need of urgent food, water and health care. Widespread drought meant harvests had failed and cholera outbreak in South Sudan and Somalia worsened the situation.

We provided food, healthcare, access to clean water and sanitation, medication and malaria testing, seeds and fishing nets as well as providing support to care for livestock.

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