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Disaster zone
Theme: disasters
Country: Haiti, Philippines
A car buried in rubble in Haiti

Resources to explore disasters with secondary school students (ages 11–14)

During the past decade, almost half the world’s population has lived through a disaster – storms, floods, cyclones, tsunamis, drought, earthquakes...

Christian Aid believes that much can be done to limit the damage and impact of disasters, and our partners across the world work tirelessly to prepare for and respond to them. These resources will enable students to understand how and why disasters happen, what can be done to prepare for and mitigate them, and how best to support those affected by them.

Resources available

• Teaching notes 
• Accompanying presentation
• Student worksheets
• Case study notes 
• Simulation game 
• Assembly 
• Film clips 
• Additional lesson plan on disasters for RE/RME


Earthquake animation 
Download Earthquake animation (YouSendIt, 2.9mb)

Earthquake in Haiti: film 1
Watch on YouTube
Download Earthquake in Haiti: film 1 (YouSendIt, 1.09gb) 

Earthquake in Haiti: film 2
Watch on YouTube
Download Earthquake in Haiti: film 2 (YouSendIt, 31.3mb) 

Big River Rising: films about flooding in the Philippines
Watch Big River Rising on the Christian Aid website

Watch Big River Rising on Vimeo:

Part 1: Belen de Guzman
Part 2: 'Choke Points'
Part 3: Belen's warning
Part 4: Solutions
Part 5: The emergency
Part 6: Sub-urban
Part 7: Boys singing 'Sigaw Ng Kalikasan'

Burma cyclone rap
Watch on YouTube
Download Burma cyclone rap (YouSendIt, 24.7mb) 

All of these resources are free. You can view the films by clicking the links above. To order a copy of the Disaster Strikes poster and sticker sheet (F2202), please email Download the other resources from the toolbox on the right-hand side of this page.

Curriculum links   
The Disaster zone resources support learning about key themes and topics through:

• Geography/Environmental Studies/Social Studies

Key concepts: place/interdependence/physical and human processes/environmental interaction and social development/cultural understanding and diversity
Key processes: geographical enquiry/visual literacy
Curriculum opportunities:
- to participate in informed responsible action in relation to geographical issues
- examine geographical issues in the news
- investigate important issues of relevance to Britain and Ireland and globally using a range of skills, including ICT
- make links between other subjects, including citizenship and ICT, sustainability and the global dimension.


Study the work of a Christian charity/Stewardship/Caring for our world/Develop the skills of reflection, discernment, critical thinking and deciding how to act when making moral decisions/Make a positive difference to the world by putting their beliefs and values into action


Participation/Responsibilities/Global awareness/Global citizenship

Age: 11-14
Subject areas: Geography/Environmental Studies/Social Studies; RE/RME; PSHE/PSE/PSD/Citizenship