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Humanitarian response

Trócaire responds to humanitarian crises in countries where natural disaster or conflict has put people's lives at risk. Long after the TV cameras have gone, we stay and support people to ‘build back better’ so that they are less vulnerable to future emergencies.

Photo of a child refugee from Syria in a camp in Croatia where Caritas provided food and tea

A child refugee from Syria in a Caritas Croatia warehouse where refugees received food and tea. Photo: Meabh Smith, 2015

Impact of our humanitarian response work in 2015/16


people have benefitted directly from our emergency programme

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people in Somalia have received health services, particularly mothers and infants


people in South Kordofan, Sudan received healthcare, food and livelihood support during conflict

Current humanitarian programmes

East Africa Hunger Crisis

Over 24 million people are in need of emergency assistance in South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia. Conflict in South Sudan and Somalia has worsened the crisis by driving people from their homes and disrupting planting seasons. 

Trócaire is engaged in a major humanitarian response in the region, and is seeking additional finance to fund its response until the end of 2017.


Somalia has been devastated by ongoing drought events in recent years. Now, half the population (6.2 million people) is experiencing serious food insecurity.

Trócaire has a strong, long-established presence in the Gedo region in southern Somalia. We currently fund and run three hospitals, 10 primary health units and four health centres there. 
Over 7,000 people per month are being treated at our health centres in Somalia.

We are tackling the cholera and AWD outbreak head on – with emergency medical assistance, treatment of affected water supplies to stop the spread of the disease, and supplying clean water to 15 schools and three hospitals in the region. 

We are working in partnership with other international NGOs in the country to deliver large-scale nutrition support to malnourished children, and pregnant and nursing women.

South Sudan

Over 100,000 people are now in famine but 7.5 million people in the country – over 50 per cent of the population – are at risk over the coming months. 

Trócaire is providing monthly food rations to 12,000 of the most vulnerable people in Adior and Pagarau Counties of Yirol East State. We are hoping to reach more people in the coming months with food aid and cash transfers, as well as repairing water boreholes in the East Lakes State. 


Over 7.7 million people require emergency food assistance in southern Ethiopia, in addition to the 7 million who are already receiving government support.

Trócaire is currently providing food aid and support to help preserve livelihoods to 58,500 of the most vulnerable individuals (9,765 households). 


A national disaster has been declared in Kenya, with the government appealing for international assistance. 3 million Kenyans are in need of emergency support. 

Trócaire is currently trucking water to six schools in Barpello, East Pokot (Baringo County), as well as delivering supplementary feeding for 2,000 children in three medical units in Loima, Turkana County. We are working to secure funds to scale up our response in the country.

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Syria Conflict

Six years of war in Syria has driven over half the population of Syria from their homes. with 4.4 million seeking shelter in neighbouring countries Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt. Many more are leaving home with nothing more than the hope of finding safety. 

4.7 million people in need trapped in hard-to-reach areas, of which 860,000 are living in besieged areas. 13.5 million people are currently in need or humanitarian assistance. 

Trócaire is working with Caritas and other local partners in the five countries to deliver shelter, medicine, food and water to displaced Syrian families. We have worked with over 140,000 displaced Syrians, providing them with vital aid. 

Read more about our work to support people affected by the conflict in Syria

Find out more about our work in Lebanon, Serbia and Greece to support people from diverse countries and backgrounds who seeking refuge from conflict and persecution.

Trócaire also currently has active humanitarian response programmes in the following countries:


How we support people with humanitarian assistance

During emergencies it is the local community and local organisations that react first. Trócaire is a member of Caritas Internationalis, the Catholic Church’s global confederation of 165 development agencies.

When a crisis strikes we support local Caritas agencies to get aid to where it’s needed immediately and effectively. We often also provide staff and expertise.  

We focus on responding to the needs of the most vulnerable and on protecting women and girls.   

And we support people living in areas at risk to prepare plans for responding to disasters when they strike, such as developing evacuation plans and warning systems.  

Trócaire also has offices in 15 countries internationally, many with humanitarian response programmes and strong partnerships in place. 

We adhere to the Core Humanitarian Standards, which set out nine commitments that organisations involved in humanitarian response can use to improve the quality and effectiveness of their response. 

Latest updates on our humanitarian work