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Syria - Ongoing conflict

Boy in Syria, 2018

At the beginning of October, Turkey launched an offensive in north-eastern Syria. As warplanes bombed parts of the region and tanks arrive at the border, families were left suffering.

We have worked with our trusted partners in Syria to support families caught up in the latest fighting in the northeast.  We have provided family-sized tents with winter liners for warmth, along with five sleeping mats per family.

We have also provided essential winter items to nearly 2,500 families who will be facing the plummeting temperatures this winter. These include warm children's clothing.

Working through local partners, we have supported over 50,000 families affected by the conflict in Syria and Iraq since 2012. This makes it the largest and most sustained response in our 19-year history - but the need is as urgent as ever.   

Find out more about the recent offensive in north-eastern Syria and how you can help.  

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The Philippines - earthquakes and typhoon

In October 2019, three powerful earthquakes shook Mindanao island, turning homes and buildings to rubble.

Thousands of people were forced to flee to evacuation centres and stay with host families. 

We have worked closely with Rotary and the local government to support over 1,500 families who've lost so much.

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In early December Typhoon Kammuri, known locally as Typhoon Tisoy, hit land four times in the Philippines. Communities have been severely affected across Northern Samar. 

Coastal communities have been hit the most. Beaches are covered in the debris of destroyed homes. Electricity has been wiped out, roads have been washed away and scores of fishing boats, the main source of livelihoods, have been smashed apart.

Working through our Philippines office, we're supporting over 2,500 families that have seen their homes wash out to sea.

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Bangladesh - Monsoon flooding

flooding in Bangladesh 2019

In July 2019, heavy monsoon rains triggered flooding in the low-lying areas of Bangladesh. Around one-third of the country went underwater. 

Floods and landslides damaged roads and vital infrastructure leaving thousands of people stranded and without electricity. More than 66,000 homes were destroyed.

We sent a team in the country who worked with Rotary, Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) and other humanitarian organisations.

We've supported families who've lost their homes to river erosion, with essential aid items to help them rebuild and recover.

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Paraguay - Flooding

Months of torrential rain have caused severe flooding in the capital of Paraguay, forcing entire communities to move to higher grounds to survive.

The unusually heavy rain has been linked to the climate pattern El Niño, displacing nearly 20,000 families who urgently need shelter and essential aid.

We have worked with our partners and local authorities to support families who have lost their homes. Distributions are now complete, with over 2,000 families receiving vital aid.

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Somaliland - Drought

Distributions in Somaliland

Severe drought in Somaliland has affected an estimated 766,000 people since November 2016.

Over the last three years the drought has killed up to 80% of the region’s livestock. This has had a devastating effect for thousands of families who rely on livestock farming, forcing them to flee their homes in search of better grazing land. 

We have worked closely with our partner ActionAid to support families affected by the severe drought, with essential items like tarpaulins and rope. 

We have supported nearly 4,500 families so far, and we're currently working to see whether we can undertake more projects in the area in the future.  

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Lake Chad Basin - The forgotten Crisis

Since 2009, Boko Haram has been waging an insurgency in Northern Nigeria. The violence has since spread to the neighbouring regions of Niger, Chad and Cameroon

Around 10.7 million people in the Lake Chad region are in need of relief assistance. 2.4 million people are estimated to have been displaced and perpetual insecurity continues to drive displacement.

In Cameroon, we have recently completed a project through our partners, which supported over 1,000 families with tents, shelter kits and other essential aid items. In Nigeria, we have worked our partner ACTED to support internally displaced families.

Learn more about the 'Forgotten Crisis' and see how we're supporting families. 

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The conflict in Nigeria is now entering its ninth year. Find out how we’re helping families to recover.


Niger is facing five major crises right now. Read on to learn how we’re helping.


We’re working in Cameroon, where thousands of families have fled conflict and are now living in Minawo Camp.

Ethiopia - Conflict and Flooding

During the aid distributions in 2018.

In Ethiopia, severe flooding and conflict have forced people to leave their homes.

Nearly one million people have been forced to flee because of violent conflicts in the Guji-Gedo zone since April 2018.

Severe flooding has also left thousands of families without homes. These rains have continued, triggering recurrent flooding and landslides. 

With the help of our partner, we have supported over 4,500 families in total so far. Distributions for our latest project are complete, but we are currently planning the next project.

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Read stories from the families your donations help.

Find out how your support has helped Stephan and Mary in Malwai after Cyclone Idai pushed the community of Mwalija our of their homes, and how Simon in Dominica rebuild his life after Hurricane Irma.

Previous responses

Flooding in Malawi

In Malawi, families affected by the devastating floods caused by Cyclone Idai have received tools and materials to start rebuilding their lives.

Philippines tropical storm Usman

Tropical Storm Usman left a trail of destruction when it made landfall last December. We have supported families whose homes and livelihoods have been swept away with essential aid items.

The conflict in Iraq

Since the beginning of the government-led effort to claim back the city of Mosul in 2016, we have provided support to nearly 12,000 families with the help of our partners.