Account Wishlist Cart
Welcome Visitor , you can  
  or  Register

Humanitarian Response

Catholic Welfare and Development with the assistance of its partners aims to contribute to restoring the human dignity of people affected by natural and/or man-made disasters such as floods and fires by providing the following support and disaster relief assistance:

What we do

  • Provision of a standardised emergency relief basin – this basin is aimed at providing each family with immediate basic nutritional, clothing and hygiene needs.
    • The Emergency Relief Basin consists of blankets, soaps, toothpaste, 4 toothbrushes, towels; tinned food items e.g. corned beef and beans, dried samp, beans and dry soya. 
    • These basins also include sanitary towels for women and disposable nappies for babies.
    • All of the items fit in a plastic basin suitable to bath a small child in it.
  • Food Parcels – comprising of hot cooked meals and cold meals
  • Documentation – CWD also assists victims to obtain the necessary identity and other relevant documentation that were destroyed or lost during these disasters by providing transportation to relevant departments in order to make applications while volunteers are utilised for interpreting purposes and assistance to complete application forms.
  • Provision of equipment and utensils - each affected household are provided with standard basic cooking utensils such as a set of pots and pans, plastic plates, cups and other essential items / equipment. A standard paraffin cooker are also provided to each household (depending on available funding)
  • Disaster Prevention – CWD also provides sandbags and 3mx6m plastic sheeting to each affected household. The sandbags are placed around homes that could act as a buffer during heavy rains while the plastic sheeting provides additional protection against heavy rain. Community members and local volunteers are mobilised to fill and assist in the distribution of these bags.
  • Emergency preparedness – CWD implements an early warning and emergency preparedness plan at all its Community Development Centres and its Head Office by:
    • Building-up a contingency stock of items such as mattresses, blankets, plastics sheets and food parcels that can easily be accessed and quickly distributed in the event of a disaster. A monitoring system keeps track of available stock at each location while paying attention to local newspapers and general information from the public on disaster situation.  
  • Coordinating with the City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Forum and other civil society organisations to share learnings and avoid the duplication of emergency disaster relief work. 


You can help towards

    • purchase of the contents of the crisis basins
    • enhancing the crisis basin such as adding a non-electric stove for them to warm their food.
    • purchase volunteer protective gear
    • donating used or unused household goods for those that have lost everything in their homes.