OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (May 20, 2013) – Several Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) congregations and homes of many members are located in the path of the tornado that struck Oklahoma City this afternoon, and the denomination has pledged its support to help in relief efforts. Read more…
Covenant World Relief will be responding after the major tornado in Oklahoma today. You can give online to our efforts here. As we have more updates and information, we will be posting updates on our website, facebook, blog and twitter. Thank you for your prayers.
Filed under: Disaster Relief
Tags: Burma, Congo, India, Japan, South Sudan
Natural and human-caused disasters occur daily throughout the world. CWR responds when there are partners in the local area who have the capacity to respond. Recently, CWR has responded to the following disasters:
- flooding in Mozambique and South Sudan
- drought in India
- violence in DR Congo, Syria, and Burma (a Covenant medical missionary participated in the response in Burma)
- ongoing Hurricane Sandy relief, and
- relief and recovery work which continues in Japan more than two years after the earthquake and tsunami.
Thanks to all who give faithfully so that CWR is able to respond immediately to disasters.
Maharashtra, the second most populous state in India, is in the midst of a terrible drought situation. This drought is by far the most severe drought the state has seen in a very long time; in fact, it is even worse than the devastating drought of 1972. More than 6,000 villages have been affected, which has forced many villages to migrate to cities to find jobs. Many villagers claim that the last time their taps had water was over five years ago. Most of the state’s primary crops have already been destroyed by the conditions, and officials speculate that conditions will only continue to worsen.
Because of the severity of the water shortage, people are forced to be entirely dependent on the water tanks provided by the government. However, because of the huge populations of these villages, the water tanks do not provide even close to enough water to go around. Farmers have no idea how long it will be before they can begin cultivating crops again, and all are worried about the health effects of insufficient food. Migration has become the only option left for the villagers. Continue Reading »
Merge Ministries is partnering with CWR as we continue responding to Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast. Below are a number of photos of a recent trip to New York.
If you are interested in working with our partners on the East Coast, please contact us. You can also support ongoing relief work by clicking here.