Stop Disasters Becoming Tragedies

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What’s the best way to save lives in a disaster?

Disasters are an increasing threat to our neighbours in the Pacific.

  • Cyclone Winston (Fiji, 2016): 62,000 people displaced, whole towns wiped out
  • Cyclone Pam (Vanuatu, 2015): 75,000 people made homeless, 96 per cent of food crops destroyed
  • El NiƱo drought (Papua New Guinea, 2015-2016): widespread food and water shortages, 1.4 million people left hungry.

In the aftermath of these crises, thousands of Australians gave generously to help Pacific islanders get back on their feet. Humanitarian assistance is vital, and when we work together we make a huge difference. But many more lives would have been saved if communities had been better prepared before disaster struck.

You can help stop disasters from becoming tragedies.

How?

Give now.  Evidence tells us $1 invested in disaster preparation saves $15 in recovery efforts later (DFAT).

Investing in disaster preparation doesn’t just save lives. It also means your money will go much further. Your support will help people to:

  • Assess the risks they face and make changes so that fewer people will be killed in the event of a natural disaster
  • Plant crops that cope better under the impact of climate change and disaster
  • Adapt the way they make their living to the changing environment
  • Organise themselves in ways that are more resilient in disasters, even if key leaders are lost
  • Train church leaders to provide chaplaincy and support during crisis times
  • Grow an understanding of God that fuels courageous and faithful action in the face of disaster and loss

The crucial issue is vision: acting now before disaster strikes again.

Please give generously.


All donations greater than $2.00 are tax-deductible.

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