“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10


Our vision is to manage and reduce the impact of a disaster to improve the livelihood of affected communities.


  • To work alongside partners, networks and government to assist during response efforts
  • To build resilience and mitigation strategies within communities


Preparedness: Education and prevention training as well as resource provision and to ensure communities are ready to face

Response: The Domino Disaster Response Unit (#DRUSquad) provides first responder support to communities when disasters strike. Our team of equipped volunteers are able to quickly and efficiently provide immediate relief for displaced people and mobilise and co-ordinate an effective response effort.

Recovery: The recovery phase of disaster management seeks to re-build and uplift communities to return to full capacity prior to the disaster event.

Mitigation: Workshops, trainings and strategies are conducted to create resilient communities who are capacitated with the knowledge of past experiences to apply mitigation practises to prevent future impact from similar disasters. These workshops are aimed at empowering communities to develop localised plans and action steps to develop early warning systems and hazard identification.

Research and evaluation: In order to ensure that the programme remains relevant and effective, we evaluate and monitor our implementation for consistent impact.


The Domino Foundation disaster response has worked both locally and internationally, assisting with natural, biological and man-made disasters.

The Domino Foundation Disaster Response Unit has been running since 2016 and has worked with Disaster and Humanitarian Relief on a number of occasions.

Partnerships to date

  • 2015 – Domino worked with the SA Red Cross to manage the Phoenix Refugee camp during the Xenophobic attacks
  • 2016 – Domino assisted in Inhambane in Mozambique during the Cyclone
  • 2017 – assisted eThekwini Disaster Management with Floods, Storms and Shack fires
  • 2019 – Domino worked with JAM international and the United Nations in Beira Mozambique, to provide relief from Cyclone Idai
  • 2019 – Domino also assisted after the Tornado in New Hanover, KZN
  • 2019 – Domino partnered with the eThekwini Disaster Management Committee to assist during the KZN Floods

Team Members

We have two team members namely Shaun Tait (CEO of The Domino Foundation) and Cathy Whittle (who also heads up the Nutrition Programme) and both have completed the Disaster Management Course through the Institute of Business Management South Africa

  • Cathy Whittle

  • Shaun Tait

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