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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.

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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 and other local organisations 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 in a crisis. Working in partnership with local organisations, we provide a range of supports to crisis-affected communities, from food aid and emergency shelter to healthcare, education and clean drinking water. We also have a particular focus on the protection of women, girls and potentially vulnerable groups.

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.  

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. 

Charter for Change

Trócaire is a signatory to the Charter4Change (C4C), an initiative led by both National and International NGOs. The initiative aims to implement changes to the way the humanitarian system operates so that it can enable a more locally-led response. Building on extensive consultations and discussions generated during the World Humanitarian Summit process, signatories to C4C commit to delivering change within their own organisational ways of working so that southern-based national actors can play an increased and more prominent role in humanitarian response. In the case of international NGO signatories like Trócaire, we commit to implementing C4C’s eight-point Charter for Change.

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Key Facts


people supported directly by emergency programmes across Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East last year


people living in extremely dangerous environment in Sudan provided with primary healthcare services


people in Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua are less exposed to natural disasters due to Trócaire disaster risk reduction activities

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