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:

A Place of New Hope

TEAR’s Phil Lindsay reflects: “After many years working in the field, the question we need to constantly be asking is: Are we really making a difference in the lives of the poor? Are things changing for the better or is the cycle being perpetuated by outside interventions?” 

With these questions in mind, Phil travelled to Nepal with Greg Hewson, and Daniel Wieckmann from Kintaro studios to see first hand the work of our partner Share and Care. The project, working in the impoverished Nuwakot valley, was coming to an end after six years and our team were eager to see its impact within the…

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A Place of New Hope

In Somalia: A Good News Story

Somalia has a certain ring to it. If you tell someone you are going to Somalia, the response is predictable. “Oh. Wow. Really? Isn’t it dangerous?” they ask. Then there’s a bit of silence.

What do you know about Somalia? Black Hawk Down? Pirates? Something about US interventions and Mohammad Farah Aidid? War, famine, conflict, kidnapping.

I want to tell you a good story.

It begins with Marian, the Country Director for Medair, and I leaving Nairobi at 4.30am. The taxi driver gets us to the airport in good time, and at 6.45am we board a Blue Sky flight to Mogadishu. They serve us nice little…

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In Somalia: A Good News Story

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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