Disaster Relief

Recovery Continues in the Philippines

Post a Comment » Written on April 17th, 2014     
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Photo by World Relief

Photo by World Relief

On November 8, Typhoon Haiyan, one of the biggest storms ever recorded, slammed into the Philippines. The current death toll is 6,201 with 1,785 missing. More than 1.1 million houses were damaged or destroyed. Thanks to generous Covenant churches and individual donors, more than $190,000 has been donated to CWR in response to this terrible disaster.

Because of your generosity, Covenant World Relief has:

• Provided primary health care services via clinics in more than 300 villages through RTR Hospital in Tacloban, as they executed their disaster response plan with Medical Teams International.

• Supplied emergency food and relief packages, temporary shelters, support for on-the-ground coordination efforts and ongoing logistics for a disaster operation center with World Relief and PHILRADS (Philippines Relief and Development Services).

• Distributed relief supplies with the Jesus Covenant Church.

• Participated in the ongoing reconstruction of homes and rehabilitation of livelihoods with Operation Hope. Continue Reading »



India Drought Relief Update

Post a Comment » Written on April 14th, 2014     
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MAHARASHTRA (5)About 11,108 villages of 34 districts in Maharashtra, India were hit by severe drought during 2013.  There were shortages of water, not only for drinking, but also for watering crops. Farmers were helpless and people didn’t know where to go for help and many left the area in search of work and food. As tankers were made available and hand pumps were repaired, water was more accessible but villagers knew that more needed to be done. People are now thinking about adopting an alternative cropping pattern. They are considering adopting sustainable crops instead of cash crops. For example, mango trees need sufficient care and nurture in the beginning stages, but once they are grown they can survive even when there is an obvious scarcity of water.

This drought has left many in need of immediate relief. Here is one story of survival:

My name is Sunil Gangaram Landge. MAHARASHTRA (3) I am 39 years old.  We have 2 sons and a daughter.  Continue Reading »



Connection Between Development and Emergency Relief

Post a Comment » Written on March 17th, 2014     
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I have worked with refugees in the United States and therefore realize how hard it is for refugees to become a part of the new community they flee to. It takes a long time for the “host community” to turn in to a “home community” and in some culture this never happens.  However in Kenya, refugees from Congo have been given the opportunity to become part of the community. They are now helping others in their village as well.

In April there was massive flooding in Kenya. Fortunately, not many people died but the flooding killed animals and destroyed an estimated 10,000 homes. Families have been exposed to diseases like malaria and there was a lack of food and clean water. All of these issues have been compounded by the mass homelessness. Continue Reading »



Never Tire of Doing what is Good

Post a Comment » Written on March 12th, 2014     
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One hard thing about long-term conflicts is that eventually people stop noticing the crisis. I have realized it in myself when thinking about Syria. I am an international politics major and I follow the news quite closely. However, I find myself skipping over the news from Syria because I have heard it all before and it is depressing. I just don’t want to hear it anymore.

This does not mean that the conflict in Syria is ending or even getting better. In fact, the UNHCR (United Nations High Commission on Refugees) has said that the crisis in Syria is the worst humanitarian disaster since the end of the Cold War. You don’t have to be a politics major to know that a lot of terrible things have happened in the world since then.

God encourages his followers to never tire doing what is good and there are people doing good work to help Syrians. Our partner, World Relief, is one such organization that we are working with and providing relief assistance for Syrians.

World Relief, working alongside local churches and other religious organizations, has established itself in Lebanon and Jordan and is working there to help refugees fleeing the conflict.  Most refugees leaving Syria have been registered with the UNHCR. While the majority of those registered live in refugee camps, others have been relocated to cities.  World Relief says that the Syrian refugees in cities “are renting homes but very few have found a means to support themselves financially. They arrived with the possessions they could carry. They come from various income levels. Most have had their homes or businesses destroyed. All are reliant on the mercy of others. The refugees are offered empty rooms and lack a decent place to sleep until they are given mattresses.”

World Relief is partnering with other organizations to help to provide basic home items and hygiene kits to families seeking comfort and normalcy.  They providemany important items like blankets, pillows, soap, toothpaste, cooking stoves, mattresses, and a fan.

World Relief hasn’t forgotten the needs of the vulnerable and stopped working in Syria. On the contrary, they are there, doing good work and I am glad that CWR is partnering with them.

 

–Michyla Lindberg, CWR intern



Suffering Still Widespread Three Years After Tsunami

Post a Comment » Written on March 11th, 2014     
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OFUNATO, JAPAN (March 10, 2014) — Lack of housing, loneliness, and despair continue to be major concerns for Japan three years after an earthquake and resulting tsunami killed 19,000 people, say leaders of the Japan Covenant Church and Covenant missionary Stephen Bay.

Teatime is a chance to share stories.

Teatime is a chance to share stories.

Tuesday will mark the third anniversary of what the Japanese refer to as 3.11, and 267,000 people remain living in temporary structures. The 9.1 magnitude earthquake was the fourth largest in recorded history, but it was the resulting tsunami that wiped out hundreds of miles of coastline, destroyed or damaged one million buildings, and accounted for 95 percent of the death toll.

Government officials have said it will be years before permanent housing can be completed. Read more on Covenant News…