In South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia, a massive hunger crisis has pushed more than 20 million people to the brink of starvation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We Build Capacity
We do not simply provide goods and services; we also educate, train, and create environments where humanitarian staff come together to share ideas and experiences. Aid workers from across the humanitarian sector benefit from Concern’s training programs either online or in-person, gaining skills to strengthen their leadership capacities and coordinate more effectively during emergency responses.
Learn More about Our Work in Emergency Response