Disaster Relief

What You Need to Know about the South Sudan Crisis

Post a Comment » Written on September 22nd, 2014     
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We found this great resource from Mercy Corps (not a CWR partner, but well known and respected in the international development community). Wanted to share it with you…

 

 

South Sudan should be a country full of hope just three years after gaining independence. Instead, it’s now in the grip of a massive humanitarian crisis. Nearly 4 million people are at risk of starvation and some areas are facing possible famine.

But the alarming food crisis in South Sudan isn’t the result of drought — it’s man-made. Political conflict has caused massive displacement, raging violence and dire food shortages. Continue Reading »



Relief in Iraq

Post a Comment » Written on September 17th, 2014     
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There are more than 500,000 displaced people because of the violence in Iraq and Syria. Many people have fled to Kurdish controlled regions. The authorities have set up few camps to house the displaced people. Many have been camping in schools, churches, and with relatives. The situation is getting worse where the water pipes are being cut off and people have to buy bottled water to drink. Their wells give them salty and contaminated water so they can barely wash. The situation is changing daily; the last period resulted in many Christians fleeing. Christians and Yazidis minorities are being harmed daily and are trapped in refugee camps. Covenant World Relief is partnering with the Evangelical Church in the Kurdistan region to provide food, shelter, and basic needs.

–written by Polly Kalantzis, CWR intern and North Park University student



Devastating Floods in Kashmir, India

Post a Comment » Written on September 15th, 2014     
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Covenant World Relief is partnering with Hindustani Covenant Church (HCC) during the disastrous rain and flooding that has killed nearly 500 people in India and Pakistan.  Steven David, the moderator (president) of HCC, has asked that people pray for the many villages that are being submerged, the families who are being displaced,  and the lack of infrastructure based on these floods (lack of roads, communication, etc.).

Rescue and relief organizations are having trouble helping the people because of the heavy flooding. The Army and Natural Disaster Response Force have been able to rescue 22,000 people with the help of 22 helicopters and 45 aircrafts. People There are no clothes or basic necessities for these people, but they have found some shelter in government buildings and on roof tops. Air drop offs have been able to provide food packets, medicine, and blankets as best as possible. Steven David asks for prayer in this hard time for the flood victims of Kashmir, India. Covenant World Relief is working with HCC to provide immediate relief to those affected by this flooding.



Finding an Advantage in Haiti

Post a Comment » Written on August 20th, 2014     
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HaitiMedical Teams International (MTI) seeks to provide health care and medical attention to the world’s most marginalized while also proclaiming the good news of the Gospel. Involved in countries around the world at different times, a consistent focus has been the island country of Haiti. Since a 7.0 earthquake that rocked the country in 2010, Haiti has continued in a downward spiral with much of its population not receiving the medical attention they so desperately need. CWR has the privilege to partner alongside MTI in their Haiti Advantage Prosthetics Program which provides the needed equipment, therapy, and support to the 6,000-8,000 people who are estimated to have lost limbs as a result of the 2010 earthquake. One remarkable story is that of Rennesse, a 20 year old man who became paralyzed in his legs 8 years ago due to fever and disease. After finding MTI’s program, Rennesse was able to get the help he needed and can now live a more independent life. Rennesse is grateful to MTI and Covenant World Relief and is now able to attend college as a result of the program.



Relief and a Future in South Sudan

Post a Comment » Written on August 18th, 2014     
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South SudanPartnering with the Evangelical Covenant Church of South Sudan, Covenant World Relief is bringing relief to hundreds, if not thousands of children who have become orphaned due to the violence in South Sudan. It is the mission of CWR to bring aid and relief to the most vulnerable and in this case that means the orphaned children of South Sudan, many of whom are infected with HIV or other diseases and suffering because of the lack of infrastructure. Providing necessities such as medicine, food, and shelter is only a part of the work. The Vulnerable Orphaned Children project also aims to provide an education for these refugee and internally displaced children. Paying for their education means so much more, because it gives them a message of hope. Providing the basic necessities is important but paying for them to go to school says: “you have a future, you can be something, we are invested in who you are going to be.” This message of hope affirms these children and shows the true love of the Gospel. This love not only reaches out to present physical needs but also speaks to emotional needs. The gospel is about bringing true hope, not just survival, to all people.