TEAR supports both short-term emergency relief projects that enable disaster-affected people to survive, and medium-term recovery and rehabilitation projects.
Highest priority is given to those cases where community development work that TEAR is already supporting is directly affected by a disaster. Care is taken to minimise the risk of relief inputs undermining local markets and communities' other self-help capacities. Focus is given to projects which help prepare communities for longer-term development initiatives.
TEAR is committed to the humanitarian assistance principles of humanity, impartiality, independence and neutrality as defined in the Core Humanitarian Standards. TEAR is also committed to recognising and working towards applying the Core Humanitarian Standards, the Integral Quality Standards, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Code of Conduct for NGOs in Disaster Relief and Sphere Standards. TEAR Australia is a signatory to Charter4Change – an initiative to enable a more locally-led response in the provision of humanitarian aid.
On March 14, 2019, Cyclone Idai, an intense category 3 tropical cyclone, struck Mozambique with “massive and horrifying” impacts. TEAR Australia supported our local partners to provide relief and assistance. Read more.
On Friday 28 September 2018, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 struck Sulawesi island in Indonesia. It led to a tsunami with waves up to three metres high hitting the city of Palu.
TEAR Australia has responded through agencies in the Tearfund family and our partners in the Integral Alliance. Read more.
TEAR responds to partner requests for emergency assistance either directly or through joint efforts with other members of the Integral Alliance, a global alliance of Christian relief and development agencies responding to emergency situations around the world.