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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 the exact location of the next flood, cyclone, earthquake or violent conflict. But when they happen, the Red Cross must be ready 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
Malawi February 2015 £117,063 Flooding(more info)
Women walking through flooded farm land
Disaster: Flooding in Malawi has affected more than one million people and at least 230,000 people have been forced to leave their homes. Those affected by the flooding are in need of shelter, food, clean water and medical supplies.

For: Providing emergency assistance to people affected by the flooding.

Niger February 2015 £60,000 Population displacement (more info)
Two men in Niger
Disaster: As conflict continues in Nigeria, thousands of people have taken refuge in neighbouring countries. In January 2015, the number of refugees in Niger was approximately 105,000 – by February 2015 it had increased to 166,000.

For: Supporting the needs of refugees and asylum seekers.

Cameroon February 2015 £160,000 Population displacement(more info)
Woman in Cameroon
Disaster: As conflict continues in Nigeria, thousands of people have taken refuge in neighbouring countries. There are currently more than 48,000 refugees in Cameroon. The country is also facing food shortages and cases of malaria, cholera and polio.

For: Supporting the needs of refugees and asylum seekers.

Ukraine February 2015 £100,000 Conflict (more info)
Smiling Red Cross volunteer with emergency supplies
Disaster: Violence in Ukraine has affected more than 5 million people and around 1.5 million have been forced to leave their homes. There is a shortage of food and medical care and people are living through winter without enough food or proper shelter.

For:Improving the living conditions of people severely affected by the conflict.

Our news story: New help for Ukraine as violence worsens
South Sudan February 2015 £775,000 Conflict (more info)
Residents ride a boat to cross a river following the earthquake
Disaster: Ongoing violence in South Sudan has forced almost two million people from their homes, according to UN estimates. IPC figures estimate 2.5 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 humanitarian situation.

Our news story: South Sudan crisis – staring into the abyss
Nigeria January 2015 £325,000 Population displacement(more info)
Young girl in Ogoja
Disaster:Multiple security incidents in Nigeria have forced more than 600,000 people to flee their homes. The majority of people affected are women, children and the elderly, who have been left in a vulnerable position.

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

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

 

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, 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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