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Disaster Fund

Help the Red Cross respond to disasters. Your donation will be used in the UK or overseas.

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Nobody can predict where the next flood, earthquake or conflict will happen. But wherever it is - in the UK or overseas - the Red Cross must be able to act as soon as we're needed.

Thanks to the Disaster Fund, we can make sure we're ready to give people the help they need in an emergency - whether it's food, shelter, healthcare, or another form of support.


How we have used the funds recently

Area Date Amount Disaster
South Sudan December 2014 £100,000 Conflict (more info)
Residents ride a boat to cross a river following the earthquake
Disaster: Ongoing violence in South Sudan has left thousands of people dead and forced 1.7 million people from their homes. More than 1.5 million people are facing food shortages as the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate.

For: Providing aid to people who have been left in an extremely vulnerable position by the conflict and food crisis.

Iraq June 2014 £165,538 Conflict (more info)
Residents ride a boat to cross a river following the earthquake
Disaster: Ongoing violence in Iraq has killed thousands of people. More than 800,000 have been forced from their homes, leaving many in need of food, water, shelter and health care.

For: Supporting affected families by providing emergency household supplies, such as kitchen sets, tarpaulins and hygiene kits.

Our news story: Red Cross brings food, water and healthcare to thousands in Iraq
West Africa April 2014 £105,146 Ebola outbreak(more info)
Village of Sunapur after cyclone Phailin
Disaster: A deadly and infectious Ebola outbreak, which began in Guinea in March, has claimed more than 460 lives across Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, as of 30 June.

For: Deployment of three health delegates to support those affected by the confirmed outbreak in Sierra Leone.

Our news story: Red Cross sends health worker to Sierra Leone to fight Ebola outbreak
Uganda March 2014 £40,000 Population displacement (more info)
Uganda Red Cross staff
Disaster: The conflict in South Sudan has caused the displacement of nearly one million people and Uganda has seen by far the biggest influx of refugees. More than 97,000 have fled to the county and many are in urgent need of food, water and health care.

For: Deployment of a logistics delegate to assist the Uganda Red Cross in its support of South Sudanese refugees.

Our news story: South Sudan to Uganda: "I just wish to go back home"
United Kingdom February 2014 £49,999 Flooding (more info)
Flooded house in Taunton
Disaster: Severe weather has caused ongoing flooding across the UK.

For: Supporting those affected at rest centres, and providing emergency supplies such as food, hot drinks and blankets. Volunteers are helping people to evacuate their homes, delivering fuel and calling on vulnerable people to make sure they are safe and well.

Our news story: Volunteers help tackle UK floods: in pictures
South Sudan February 2014 £175,000 Conflict (more info)
Mother and child in South Sudan
Disaster: Intense fighting in South Sudan has created a vast humanitarian crisis. Fighting between armed factions has killed thousands of people and left nearly one million homeless.

For: Helping people who have been left in an extremely vulnerable position by the conflict.

Our news story: South Sudan conflict: British Red Cross pledges support to save lives
Zimbabwe January 2014 £25,049 Food insecurity (more info)
Child holding a cup
Disaster: The people of Zimbabwe are facing chronic food insecurity and the situation has deteriorated in recent years due to prolonged dry spells, erratic rainfall and households having limited access to seeds for planting.

According to a national report, a projected 2.2 million people will need food assistance at the height of the crisis in March 2014 - a 32 per cent increase compared with the previous year.

For: Providing emergency food assistance as well as supporting water, sanitation and hygiene activities.
Central African Republic December 2013 £100,000 Conflict (more info)
Red Cross volunteers distributing water
Disaster: The Central African Republic has descended into turmoil as armed factions carry out coordinated attacks against each other and civilians. An estimated 533,000 people have been forced to leave their homes due to the conflict while more than 450 people were killed during three days of fighting between 5 and 7 December.

For: To help aid workers respond to the changing needs of people affected by the conflict.

Our news story: Central African Republic humanitarian crisis: British Red Cross pledges financial aid

Without the generosity of people like you, we wouldn't have been able to be there and make a difference to thousands of people when they most needed help. By supporting our Disaster Fund, you can be sure your money will be used as soon as it is needed, anywhere in the world.

Help us save lives the next time disaster strikes. Please donate today.

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Latest Disaster Fund news

Nearly one million people have been made homeless by fighting in South Sudan.

The British Red Cross has released £50,000 from its Disaster Fund to provide emergency cash grants.

People are in need of shelter, healthcare and food following violent clashes in the Central African Republic.


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