Women hug each other near a collapsed building in Hatay, Turkey following the devastating earthquakes in February 2023.


Earthquake Appeal

Devastating earthquakes hit Turkey and Syria in February, killing tens of thousands of people and reducing buildings to rubble. DEC charities are helping to rebuild lives. Please donate now.

Women hug near a collapsed building in Turkey after one loses her brother in the devastating earthquake in February 2023. Photo: Burak Kara/Getty Images

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60 years of the DEC

The generous support of the UK public has helped us reach millions of people across the world through 77 appeals.

Tatiana, a volunteer and refugee, and her garndaughter in a food warehouse in Moldova.


Since the start of the conflict the UK public has raised an incredible £420 million. Find out how donations are helping.

Tatiana, a volunteer and refugee from Ukraine, plays with her granddaughter Alyssa aged three, at a food distribution warehouse run by DEC charity Plan International’s local partner, Moldova for Peace.

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Lakshmi stand in front of a solar water supply system installed by DEC member International Rescue Committee.

Pakistan Floods Appeal

Your donations are helping people in Pakistan recover from last year’s historic floods. DEC charities and their local partners saved lives in the aftermath and are helping families build their resilience as they face future climate disasters.

Lakshmi and other women no longer have to travel 2km to access safe drinking water thanks to the solar panel water supply installed by DEC charity International Rescue Committee and its local partners in Sindh after the floods. Photo: Khaula Jamil/DEC

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Since our launch in 1963

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appeals launched for major disasters overseas

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£2.4 billion

raised, saving countless lives and rebuilding communities

Aid workers unload equipment after the earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi, Indonesia in 2018. Image: Hariandi Hafid/British Red Cross

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The DEC brings together 15 leading aid charities to raise funds quickly and efficiently at times of crisis overseas. In these times of crisis, people in life-and-death situations need our help and our mission is to save, protect and rebuild lives through effective humanitarian response.

Pooling our resources to work as one, we are pivotal in co-ordinating the UK public's response to overseas disasters. In collaboration with our Rapid Response Network of national media and corporate partners, we raise the alarm to the UK public and set up easy ways for them to donate.

And we have immediate impact, getting aid to people who need it, fast.