Disaster Relief Fact Sheet


Disaster Relief Fact Sheet
What is it?

Compassion is first and foremost a child development organization. However, we will intervene when disaster strikes an area where we work and directly impacts Compassion-registered children and their families.

Compassion’s Disaster Relief and Recovery fund is designed to help our children and their families reclaim their lives in the wake of disaster. The program tends to immediate needs such as food, shelter and water, as well as critical needs for future development like income generation and infrastructure development.

A survivor of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti carries a box of relief supplies

Key Statistics
  • In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) devastated portions of Southeast Asia, including the Phillippines, killing more than 6,300 people. More than 4,000 Compassion beneficiaries lost their homes, but none were killed or seriously injured. Compassion provided disaster relief assistance to 9,774 Compassion children and 20,226 adults through 61 church partners. This included food and water; household and medical supplies; vaccines; emotional counseling and support; and replacement of computers, equipment and supplies for church partners.
  • In 2010, an earthquake devastated Port-au-Prince, Haiti, killing more than 200,000 people and leaving a million homeless. Compassion created a Disaster Response Office that implemented 21 initiatives to help its staff, beneficiaries, and their families reclaim their lives. In all, Compassion served more than 60,000 Haitian families through its disaster relief and recovery efforts in Haiti.
  • In the past 30 years, the frequency and impact of natural disasters has quadrupled. 1 The number of people affected globally by natural disasters has risen by an estimated 50,000 to 60,000 per decade since the early 1970s, 2 impacting 2.9 billion people and killing 1.2 million from 2000-2012. 3
  • It is estimated that since 1980, low-income countries accounted for only 9 percent of global disasters but 48 percent of global-disaster reported fatalities. 1 This is due to the fact that developing countries often suffer from poor physical infrastructure and lack systems to cope with weather-related events, such as drought and flooding.
Our Strategy

Targeted disaster relief interventions give children and their families living in disaster zones the greatest chance to stabilize, restoring their health, independence and opportunity.

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Compassion’s Disaster Relief and Recovery fund makes possible critical interventions, which may include:

  • Emergency food and water, temporary shelter, personal and household items and school supplies
  • Replacement of such things as household items, school supplies and items a family need to earn income
  • Vocational training
  • Trauma counseling, spiritual support and care for staff and their families and for children who have been orphaned or live in other highly vulnerable circumstances due to disaster
  • Infrastructure reconstruction of affected staff, beneficiaries and church partners
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1 Live58, 10 Facts About Natural Disasters, 2014
2 Webster, M., Ginnetti, J., Walker, P., Coppard, D., Kent, R. The Humanitarian Costs of Climate Change. Feinstein International Center. 2008.
3 United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Disaster Impacts 2000-2012
4 World Bank, Disaster Risk Management Overview, 2015

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