“Thank you so much for your concern and readiness to help... Though sad and grieved, I am OK. God bless you.”
– Bishop Thomas Savundaranayagam of Jaffna's message of thanks for emergency aid for people caught up in Sri Lanka's civil war
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Reaching out to the victims of disaster
From time to time, a natural disaster or humanitarian crisis strikes a country where Aid to the Church in Need works. In those hours of need, the charity is able to respond quickly and effectively by sending help through our close relationships with trusted bishops.
Although the emphasis of Aid to the Church in Need's work is on pastoral projects, we are able to offer emergency aid to the bishops at the centre of disasters. Because the aid is administered through and by the local bishops, we can ensure it goes quickly and directly to those most in need of help.
Whether as a result of earthquakes or floods, or the devastating effects of war and conflict, Aid to the Church in Need is on hand to provide immediate crisis support.
In recent years we have channelled medical supplies, blankets, food and other practical support through local bishops for the victims of earthquakes in Pakistan, Peru and China, the tsunami of Boxing Day 2004 and the cyclone which hit Burma in 2008.
Most recently, we have offered help to the victims of the earthquake that devastated Haiti in January 2010.
The charity has also helped refugees fleeing the conflict in Iraq, conflicts in Lebanon and Gaza, and those caught up in Sri Lanka's civil war.
Reconstruction begins in Peru
A chapel in Chile after flooding
A devastated street in the village of Mullaitivu in Sri Lanka ater the 2004 tsunami
A flooded church in Madagascar
Refugees standing in front of tents in Iraq
Refugees after the 2007 earthquake in Kashmir, Pakistan
Saint Peter's Church in Sri Lanka destroyed by the tsunami
Kashmir refugees living in a 'tent village'
How can I help victims of disasters?
For families and people who find themselves, destitute, grief-stricken and frightened, your help can make all the difference to help them survive the immediate aftermath of the crisis and to help rebuild their lives.
2009 – Emergency help for Sri Lanka
The drawn-out final battle of a long-running civil war between army troops and rebel Tamil Tigers in the north of Sri Lanka in early 2009 left hundreds of thousands of innocent people trapped and in need of food, shelter and medical aid.
Bishop Thomas Savundaranayagam of Jaffna made a desperate appeal to Aid to the Church in Need for help.
In response, you helped us provide more than £20,000 for milk powder, bread and biscuits, soap, towels and disinfectant, baby clothes and up to 10,000 bottles of drinking water.