Help in disasters, crises and conflicts overseas

Pakistan needs urgent humanitarian assistance.

Monsoonal rains and floods have devastated much of the country, damaging and destroying homes, roads, agriculture and medical facilities.

Whatever the crisis, wherever it happens, a Red Cross or Red Crescent team will be on the scene to help. Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) have been working on the ground since the start of the rainfall and floods in June.

And that’s because of people like you.

How does my donation help?

Your donation means Red Cross can be there for people in disasters, crises and conflicts overseas. It enables Australian Red Cross and our partners to prepare for crises before they happen, provide life-saving assistance, and help people recover safely and with dignity.

From 08 September to 31 October 2022 all donations to the International Disaster Fund will support our response to the flooding in Pakistan.

The support may include:

  • Emergency relief assistance including health, water and sanitation and shelter initiatives
  • Specialist aid workers to assist local teams to respond
  • Working in affected areas to strengthen resilience and deliver effective relief and recovery services
  • Program support and monitoring and evaluation of the assistance provided on the ground
In the unlikely event that the funds raised exceed the amount required to meet the emergency needs of people in affected areas, or if there are circumstances beyond Red Cross’ control, excess funds will be directed to our work in international crises.

Any funds received after 31 October will also be directed to our work in international crises.

About the International Disaster Fund

Australian Red Cross is providing support through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Emergency Appeal. The appeal is supporting Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS), who have been working on the ground since the start of the rainfall and floods in June.

From 08 September to 31 October 2022 all donations to the International Disaster Fund will support the IFRC response to the flooding in Pakistan.

The support may include:

  • emergency relief assistance including shelter, health, water and sanitation, and protection initiatives
  • specialist aid workers to assist local teams to respond
  • working in affected areas to strengthen resilience and deliver effective relief and recovery services
  • Program support and monitoring and evaluation of the assistance provided on the ground

In the unlikely event that the funds raised exceed the amount required to meet the emergency needs of people in affected areas, or if there are circumstances beyond Red Cross’ control, excess funds will be directed to our work in international crises. Any funds received after 31 October will also be directed to our work in international crises.

The International Disaster Fund enables Australian Red Cross to support the lifesaving work of Red Cross and Red Crescent partners in countries affected by disasters, crises and conflict. This may include disaster preparedness, risk mitigation, emergency response and recovery activities.

From time to time, we may use the fund to respond to a specific disaster event for a set period of time. All donations made during that period will be directed to Red Cross’ work on that event.

Donations over $2 to the International Disaster Fund are tax-deductible in Australia. You will get a receipt in your name in an email when you donate online.

When the fund is used for a specific event, your donation is also tax deductible because it supports our work with countries classified as ‘developing countries’ for the purposes of the Overseas Aid Gift Deduction Scheme.

When the International Disaster Fund is used for a specific event, at least 90c in the dollar goes to our humanitarian programs. Not more than 10c is used for indirect administrative costs like receipting donations, IT costs and other overheads.

Any interest earned on donations goes back into the fund to support our humanitarian work.

We really appreciate the generosity but we’re unable to distribute donated goods, especially overseas. There are several good reasons for this. Every item has to be checked, cleaned, sorted, packed, transported, stored and distributed, which hugely increases the cost of the relief effort and diverts from work that may be needed on the ground. 

When we provide relief supplies, they are carefully selected, packed for quick distribution and customs clearance, and checked to ensure they are what people really need.

Unwanted boxes of donated goods can clog ports and post offices and actually prevent the delivery of essential items like medicines and relief supplies.

The websiteDonateResponsibly.org has a great explanation of what can go wrong.

But if you have good-quality clothes or household items, our Red Cross Shops would gratefully accept them, to on-sell in Australia and raise funds for our vital work.

Find your nearest Red Cross shop.

It ensures sound risk mitigation strategies and well-trained local response teams are in place well before a disaster strikes.

The impact of the disaster on lives and homes can be reduced, and relief supplies can get to people much faster.

Aid doesn’t have to be shipped in – it’s local and ready to go.

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