Current emergency appeals

East Africa is currently facing famine which has the potential to affect up to 22 million people during 2017. That is almost equivalent to the whole population of Australia.

The causes of the famine include drought, failed rains, conflict and a lack of humanitarian access to communities in need.

Monies raised will provide emergency food and nutrition, health services, water, sanitation, and agricultural livelihoods support to vulnerable communities, particularly women and children.

Read more on our dedicated East Africa Food Crisis Appeal page.

To donate to our East Africa Food Crisis Appeal, please click here (choose ‘East Africa Food Crisis Appeal’ from the ‘Donation’ drop-down menu). Alternatively, you can call us on 1800 249 880.

On October 17 2016, the battle for Mosul began and humanitarian partners in Iraq have estimated that up to 1.5 million additional people may be impacted.

The most immediate needs are for water, food, emergency shelter, and medical assistance. Our ACT Alliance partners, Christian Aid and Lutheran World Federation, are some of the few agencies who are working desperately to help those affected by this conflict.

One third of the total Iraqi population (approximately 34 million) has already been displaced prior to this
new battle for Mosul and is in need of humanitarian support. In Kurdistan, Northern Iraq, there are already more than 1 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees. Two years after the war of 2014 the burden on local authorities as well as communities is still immense.

According to the UN, in a worst case scenario, the humanitarian operation in Mosul is likely to be the single largest and most complex in the world in 2016.

You can support our Iraq Humanitarian Crisis Appeal by calling us on 1800 249 880 or donating online.

The civil war raging in Syria, now entering its sixth year, has caused one of the largest humanitarian crises the world has ever known. More than 7.6 million people are displaced within the Syrian war zone and more than 4 million refugees are in nearby countries. More than 12 million people inside Syria itself need urgent humanitarian assistance.

Our ACT Alliance partner, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), is one of the very few relief agencies working inside Syria to help some of the millions of people suffering within their own war-torn country.

Support the work of the IOCC with a donation to our Syria in Crisis Appeal.

Find out more about how our partner in Syria, the IOCC, is helping.


Past emergencies

Find out how we responded to past emergencies on this page.

Below are the latest stories and updates from previous emergencies.

Rapid Response Emergency Fund: From no hope to know hope

From no hope to know hope

Donating to our Rapid Response Emergency Fund enables us to respond quickly when an emergency strikes around the world. Your donations will either be sent directly to our partners if we work in the affected area or we will join with the ACT Alliance, using their networks to provide basic necessities such as food, safe drinking water, shelter, and good hygiene practice.

Find out more here.

The ACT Alliance

Anglican Overseas Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of more than 140 churches and affiliated organisations working in 140 countries on long-term development and emergency response. Anglican Overseas Aid often responds to disasters and emergencies through the ACT Alliance. Our membership allows us to respond quickly and effectively and know that the activities are being carried out to the highest global standards.


Anglican Overseas Aid is also a full member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), the peak council for Australian not-for-profit aid and development agencies, and we are a signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct.