Ayoyo, a complaints volunteer in her community in southwestern Ethiopia. Photo: Zacharias Abubeker/Caritas Australia.

Emergency Appeals

Donate online to help millions of people afflicted by natural disasters, international conflicts and humanitarian emergencies.

When a disaster strikes, the most vulnerable and marginalised are hit the hardest. Natural disasters and emergencies can devastate communities, and responding rapidly to a crisis is often a matter of life and death. 

This lifesaving work can only happen with your support. 

Please donate today

Emergency Response Fund

In an emergency, rapid responses are vital. Donate to our general Emergency Response Fund to help us respond quickly to emergencies whenever they happen, and wherever they happen.


Food insecurity and conflicts continue to devastate communities throughout Africa. An estimated 81.6 million people across eastern Africa are facing high food insecurity. Donate now to send vital relief to those who need it most.


Earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons, floods, violent conflicts, and COVID-19: these are just some of the crises that communities across Asia face. The most vulnerable are often hardest hit. Donate now to send vital support to affected families.

Middle East

The combinations of drought, conflict and economic collapse is driving many people in the Middle East into poverty and hunger levels not seen in decades. Donate now to help those who are suffering.


The Pacific’s active cyclone season and position on the ‘Ring of Fire’ makes countries in this region particularly vulnerable to earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, floods, and a host of other natural disasters. Donate now to send emergency relief.

How do we respond during humanitarian emergencies?

We coordinate with the international Caritas network and our partners on the ground to make sure that the most vulnerable and most impacted are not left behind. We work with our partners to distribute food, clean water, shelter, hygiene kits and cash assistance to families that have lost their homes or livelihoods. We share our resources, technical expertise and information with our partners, and ensure that communities receive the long-term support they need to recover and build back stronger after a disaster. 

Where does Caritas Australia respond to humanitarian disasters?

We respond to humanitarian disasters across the world, with a particular focus on natural disasters in Asia and the Pacific, helping communities to develop evacuation plans and plan for crises. For communities impacted by long-term disasters like drought and famine, we work alongside communities to find ways of farming and generating income that will withstand a changing climate. This helps communities to reduce their risk of devastation following disasters, and to strengthen their resilience and coping mechanisms for the next disaster. 

What is the Church Agencies Network Disaster Operations (CAN DO) consortium?

Caritas Australia is a member of the Church Agencies Network Disaster Operations (CAN DO) consortium, a group of eight Australia-based humanitarian church agencies that work together to build the resilience of communities, strengthen the capacity of local partners, and enhance our ability as agencies to respond to disasters, especially in the Pacific. 

The members of the CAN DO consortium are Caritas Australia, the Australian Lutheran World Service, Act for Peace, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency Australia, Anglican Board of Mission, Anglican Overseas Aid, Transform Aid International (TAI) and UnitingWorld.

Learn more about CAN DO

Caritas Australia is fully accredited by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), responsible for managing the Australian government’s aid program. A number of development programs in Asia and Africa implemented by Caritas Australia and our in-country partners are responding to COVID-19 with support from the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).