What is the emergency response fund?
Caritas is constantly dealing with new humanitarian emergencies like earthquakes, war refugee crises, floods and drought.
After a tsunami struck the coast of Japan in March 2011, Caritas Japan mobilized thousands of volunteers to help survivors.
When disaster strikes, our Rome-based Emergency Response team works with national Caritas members to get vulnerable families the help they need fast. Our small but effective team of staff and volunteers coordinates Caritas’ relief efforts, drawing from the resources and expertise of our worldwide network to make sure no efforts are duplicated and no one in need is forgotten.
We meet the immediate needs with help such as temporary shelter, clean drinking water and emergency food rations. Often, there is a second phase to help people recover so they can support themselves in the future. Examples of second-phase support include training in irrigation and better farming techniques, developing food cooperatives or water wells, and providing seeds for food.