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The role of local churches in resilience building

A review of published evidence of the roles played by churches across the different phases of the disaster cycle

2022 Available in English

A family in Bangladesh preserve dry foods and other essentials (biscuits, rice, matches etc) prior to going to a cyclone shelter

Juliet Baroi demonstrates with her family how to preserve dry foods and other essentials prior to going to a cyclone shelter, one of many disaster risk reduction techniques she learnt at her local church. Photo: Tearfund Partner: World Concern Bangladesh. Kalapara, Patuakhali District, Bangladesh. August 2021.

This paper explores the work of local churches in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and resilience building as evidenced in peer-reviewed, published literature. 

It identifies the main roles churches have played in disaster response, recovery, mitigation and preparedness, as well as opportunities for the church to play a larger role.

This resource can be used by Tearfund staff who engage with a range of external stakeholders – such as funding agencies, peer agencies and think tanks – as well as employees of those agencies.

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