Earthquakes. Storms. Floods. Droughts. Conflict.

When an emergency strikes, Concern goes where we are most needed to help the most vulnerable. Our first priority is to deliver lifesaving relief, such as food, shelter, and clean drinking water. We put communities first and design our response according to their needs.

We are partners from the very beginning, a relationship that continues as they move from crisis to recovery and long-term development.

We Focus on the Most Vulnerable

Whether a natural disaster or war, our emergency response teams go wherever the need is the greatest. Reaching the most vulnerable and overlooked is always top priority. This often means focusing on remote and difficult places where few others are willing to work.

Nepal Earthquake Distribution

Concern’s Regine Kopplow helps distribute emergency relief supplies to the people of Bhirkot, a village that was at the epicenter of a 7.3-magnitude aftershock that hit Nepal on May 12, 2015. Concern and Rural Reconstruction Nepal distributed supplies to more than 600 families over two days in Bhirkot. Photo by Crystal Wells/Concern Worldwide

We Do Whatever It Takes

Concern customizes each and every response based on the needs of the communities we serve. Before we take any action, we listen closely to those affected to understand their concerns so that our actions are culturally appropriate and guided local priorities. This means that our emergency response programs can vary greatly, from treating malnourished children in South Sudan and creating new shelter options for Syrian refugees to rebuilding boats for fishermen in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan.

Emergency Relief in the Philippines

Arriving by boat, Concern distributes emergency relief items on the remote island of Salvacion in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan struck the country and devastated many island communities. Photo by Clare Ahern/Concern Worldwide

We Stay

Our work does not end when the initial emergency is over and the news cameras and first responders pull out. Leveraging the relationships we have built with communities, we transition, working in partnership with them to heal, rebuild, and recover. Many of the countries where Concern has development programs today started as emergency responses years and decades ago, a testament to our commitment.

South Sudan Distribution

Concern distributes water and food in Tomping, a UN base in South Sudan that is housing tens of thousands of people who have been displaced by violence. Concern has been helping those affected by the country’s conflict since the fighting first began in Juba on December 15, 2013. Photo by Crystal Wells/Concern Worldwide

We were founded by a group of people whose concern over the famine and atrocities in Biafra (now Nigeria) more than 45 years ago drove them to do whatever it took to deliver food and relief supplies where they were needed most. Since then, we have responded to hundreds of emergencies across the world. Our commitment to doing whatever is needed, wherever it is needed most, remains strong.


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How We Do It


We never take a cookie-cutter approach to humanitarian aid. We listen to what communities tell us about their needs and abilities and then design our programs specifically for them. This often means being creative or taking informed risks.

Women & Children

Women and children bear the greatest burden when crisis strikes. When we respond to emergencies, whether a catastrophic earthquake or displacement due to conflict, meeting their needs is at the core of our work.

Community Empowerment

Even in the height of a crisis, learning and partnership are at the core of our approach. This means that recovery is driven from within and skills stay in communities long after the emergency subsides.

Helping build better responses

In an effort to improve the effectiveness of life-saving relief operations, Concern is developing tools to help first responders engage and coordinate with humanitarian systems during emergencies.

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Our Approach is Different

Reaching 7.4 million of the world’s poorest people.

With humanitarian aid & long-term solutions to poverty.

Concern operates in 29 countries worldwide.