Our Areas of Focus

Disaster Relief & Recovery

The vast majority of TEAR's program is committed to long-term development work that strengthens the capacity of people living in poverty to meet their own basic needs and determine their own development priorities. When already poor and vulnerable communities experience a natural disaster or intense violent conflict, the results can be devastating. The destruction of homes, resources and infrastructure, plus the loss of land and loved ones, severely limits development progress and people's capacity to respond… Read more.

Wherever possible, TEAR Australia responds to humanitarian emergencies by supporting the relief efforts of our local partner organisations. TEAR supports both short-term emergency relief projects that enable disaster-affected people to survive, and medium-term recovery and rehabilitation projects. In disaster-prone communities, TEAR partners also integrate disaster mitigation and preparedness into their long-term development programs.

TEAR partners' relief and rehabilitation activities include:

  • Meeting people's most immediate basic needs in emergency situations through the provision of food, water, sanitation, shelter and health care
  • Provision of resources and assistance for reconstruction
  • Training in conflict transformation and peace-building skills
  • Disaster risk reduction initiatives that equip vulnerable communities to be better prepared to survive and recover from disaster events

Related Projects:

Nepal Earthquake Evaluation

When a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal in April 2015 twenty Integral Members came together to respond, making it our largest Integral Disaster Response to date. A further two agencies opted in when they joined Integral, making a total of 22 Members combining their efforts for earthquake affected communities. As part of our one year evaluation of this response, Integral held a learning review workshop in Nepal to reflect and learn from how Members worked together. Phil Lindsay, TEAR Australia’s Development Effectiveness Officer, took part, and here he shares his experience of the 5 day…

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Nepal Earthquake Evaluation

Living Here and There: Sri Lanka’s Displaced

For most people “home” is more than a place to live; it’s a place of belonging and of family, and for many a source of livelihood and security within a community. For many people in northern Sri Lanka during 2009, their sense of home was destroyed as the Sri Lankan army and Tamil Tiger troops fought their battles through fields, villages and roads. Nearly half a million people were forced to flee, leaving behind home and its comforts, security and their way of life.

Mrs SK left her home when shells were landing in her yard. “The shelling came like a train overhead,” she said. She and her two…

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Living Here and There: Sri Lanka’s Displaced

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