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Disaster management

Today we see an increasing number of humanitarian crises. In more countries and regions, there are disasters and conflicts and more people have to deal with major disruption of their lives. Tear aims to save lives, reduce human suffering, reconstruct or rebuild local communities and increase capacity to respond to future disasters. .

In our relief work we cooperate with local partner organisations and with international relief non-governmental agencies. Tear is member of  Integral network. With many of these international members we respond in major disaster situations and appeals. Recent disaster responses have been in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Philippines, Nepal, Nigeria, Central African Republic , South Sudan and  Ethiopia.

Tear believes that the local church is an important stakeholder  in relief response. Our aim is to strengthen the local church in its ability to respond when a disaster occurs and to prepare for and reduce the impact of (new) disasters. We cooperated with the local church after disasters in e.g. Haiti, the Philippines, Cambodia and Mozambique. The publication Churches in Disaster Response gives some guidance to NGOs on strengthening local churches in disaster response.

Three phases

Tear distinguishes three phases in disaster response:

Emergency relief: saving lives and relieving human suffering in life-threatening situations
Reconstruction and rehabilitation : rebuilding the infrastructure of people and society to the level existing before the disaster
Disaster Risk Reduction: enhancing the capacity of churches, partners and communities to prepare for future disasters and diminish their consequences

Tear adheres to the norms of effective relief aid. We are a signatory of the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and are committed to implementing our programmes in accordance with the Sphere Standards and the Core Humanitarian Standard.

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