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A Guide to Assisting The Poor in Times of Disaster

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Dóchas gratefully acknowledges the support of Irish aid


On this website, you will find information on how global emergency aid is coordinated, and how Irish NGOs work together and with others to ensure the aid reaches those who need it most. Below you can find a list of the current emergencies where Irish NGOs are working.

Click on the links below or in the top or left hand menus to find out more.

Disasters such as earthquakes, floods, famine and war often occur when people least expect them. When such disasters strike, immediate action is needed to save lives.

This website sets out how Irish aid agencies and the Irish government respond to emergencies, and it presents some of the basic principles of Irish aid. The Irish aid agencies ('NGOs') would not be able to do their work without the strong support from you, the public.

Ireland has a proud tradition of helping the victims of disaster, right across the world. Without your generosity many thousands of lives would have been needlessly lost. This website provides suggestions on how you can help aid agencies to continue to give the right kind of aid. It has been developed in order to inform everyone - from staff working in aid agencies to members of the public - about how best to lend support in a time of emergency.

Thank you for taking the time to read this guide and please continue to give your valuable support to agencies in their important work.

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