Current emergency appeals

On 15 May 2016 Sri Lanka was hit by large storms that caused widespread flooding and landslides, with whole villages submerged. More than 237,000 people have been made homeless, 84 people are dead and at least 116 are still missing. Overall, more than 340,000 people have been affected.

We are sending $10,000 from our Rapid Response Emergency Fund to support the emergency response work of the Board of Social Responsibility of the Diocese of Colombo (Anglican Church of Ceylon).

Their work will include emergency relief programs for affected people, along with longer-term recovery and livelihood support once people are able to return to their homes.

You can support the work of the Diocese of Colombo with a donation to our Sri Lanka Floods Appeal.

The Bishop of Colombo, the Right Reverend Dhiloraj Canagasabey, says: “We appeal to you for your prayers and cooperation towards assisting the affected people of our nation at this time of suffering and need.”

Donate securely via our website donation page or call us on 1800 249 880.

The civil war raging in Syria, now entering its fifth 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.


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, the peak council for Australian not-for-profit aid and development agencies, and we are a signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct.