Student washes hands at a school in PNG. Photo credit: Caritas Australia.

Emergency Response Appeal

COVID-19 is having a devastating impact in vulnerable communities around the world. Your urgent support today can provide immediate aid and relief to communities impacted by emergencies.

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In an emergency, rapid response is crucial. Without urgent assistance, communities hit by pandemics and disasters are vulnerable to hunger, disease and even loss of life.

Around the world, COVID-19 has impacted some of the world's most marginalised communities – including our neighbours in Papua New Guinea and Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Many of these communities already face the daily challenges of forced displacement, extreme poverty and inadequate health care.  

We work in partnership with local organisations and Church networks to supply urgent hygiene kits, Personal Protective Equipment, sanitation, prevention education and cash assistance to communities in need. Using our local networks, we are able to reach as many people as possible, including those living in the most remote and marginalised communities. 

This urgent relief work can only happen with your help. Your donation today can help support emergency response efforts in the most vulnerable communities around the world.

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We are currently supporting emergencies in

Aerial view of flood damage in Dili. Credit Machel Silveira CRS.


  • Timor-Leste and Indonesia Floods
  • Rohingya Refugee Crisis in Bangladesh, including COVID-19 prevention
  • Typhoon Goni, flooding and landslides in Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia
Waisake in Fiji. Photo credit: Caritas Australia.

The Pacific

  • COVID-19 crisis in Papua New Guinea
  • Tropical Cyclone Yasa
  • Tropical Cyclone Harold
Group in South Kivu. Photo credit: Lulu Mitshabu/Caritas Australia.


  • Zimbabwe Drought Relief
  • East Africa Food Crisis
  • COVID-19 Prevention
Family in Jordan. Photo credit: Caritas Australia.

The Middle East

  • Emergency aid following Beirut explosion in Lebanon
  • Humanitarian response to support refugees in Lebanon and Jordan
  • COVID-19 Prevention

When emergencies hit, we are on the ground with

Food, water and emergency shelter

Hygiene and sanitation kits

Medication and health services

Trauma support

Caritas Australia staff on the ground in Timor Leste following the devastating floods. Photo: Caritas Australia.

Your urgent support is needed today

When a crisis hits, your support means we can work hand-in-hand with local partners to bring aid and relief to communities devastated by natural disaster, conflict or COVID-19.

We're there long after immediate needs are met, supporting people and communities to rebuild back stronger. 

Our international network and long-term development programs mean that we can provide training for communities in disaster risk reduction before crises happen, and support people as they begin to rebuild their lives.

Please give generously today to help provide urgent support to communities who need it the most at this time.