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06/11/2018 - Free School at Teacher's House

November 28, 2018 Yemen
Gift of the Givers distributes 38 food parcels to volunteer teachers at Nahda School in Taiz, Yemen. The school is run at the teacher's house. A further distribution will take place soon where 700 students at the school…

10/2018 - 660 Families Receive Food in Midlands, Zimbabwe

October 29, 2018 Zimbabwe Projects
Gift of the Givers delivered food to 660 families in Midlands, Zimbabwe. The contribution could not have come sooner as this community faces trying times.

09/2018 - Distribution of Food Parcels and Bottled Water

October 02, 2018 Malawi
Gift of the Givers distributed 600 food parcels and bottled water to vulnerable families in Chiradzulu and Thyolo districts in the Southern Region of Malawi. In recognition of the first 10 days of the first Month of…


Gift of the Givers is the largest disaster response agency of African origin on the African continent. Established on 6 August 1992, our first project was in response to war-ravaged Bosnia.

We work in partnership with the South African government for virtually all international projects. Our government arranges diplomatic clearances with the government of the disaster affected country, sends South African diplomats on our missions, and arranges for South African ambassadors to receive us in the affected country if we have a diplomatic mission there.

Our response varies according to the type of disaster but in most cases the methodology and items used are similar. In most cases we would provide:

  • Tents, floor mats, mattresses and blankets
  • Food items including rice, flour, oil, sugar, baby milk, salt, beans
  • Sibusiso Ready Food Supplement (a high energy and protein supplement, innovated by Gift of the Givers, and the first of its kind in the world)
  • Medicines and other medical supplies
  • Bottled water and water purification tablets
  • Generators and ambulances
  • Highly specialised medical equipment, and
  • Teams of medical specialists.

In some cases we also get involved in the building of houses for victims of disasters or provide, for example, fishing boats and nets to communities to assist them to re-establish their livelihoods.

We pride ourselves in speed and efficiency of response, and in many disasters we are the first in the world to respond. We select and purchase the aid items, hire our own planes, send our own aid workers and medical teams and distribute the aid personally. Our aid is not handed over to third parties to distribute on our behalf. On virtually all missions, the South African media travel with us, reporting on our activities, and even the difficulties we face, in an impartial manner, thus making our missions very transparent to all donors, to South Africa and to our government as a result of which we have gained huge respect and recognition locally and internationally.

  • Disaster Response