Disaster Relief

Haiyan Relief in the Philippines

Post a Comment » Written on May 16th, 2014     
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The devastation in the Philippines has been catastrophic and the road to recovery has been long. CWR partner Medical Teams International (MTI) sent 14 medical teams of 60 medical professionals to the surrounding villages of Tacloban, Philippines. They joined with a local hospital and assisted them in there disaster response plan.

Over 20,000 patients were seen by the MTI volunteers, but the most important has been the partnership with the hospital, RTR Hospital. It was the only hospital that remained open immediately after the typhoon landed and the staff has been working hard to provide desperately needed medical care to over 300 communities surrounding Tacloban City.

As the MTI volunteers were leaving, one of them had this story to share:

I handed my boarding pass and passport to the immigration officer, I was amazed. She read the boarding pass and immediately stamped my passport. She then stood up, and with her hands in a prayer-like fold up to her face, she bowed and said, “Thank you for coming.” I was deeply moved. I know that she wasn’t only thanking me; she was thanking all those who made it possible for Medical Teams International to be in the Philippines… she was thanking Covenant World Relief. Continue Reading »

South Sudan Disaster Relief Update

Post a Comment » Written on April 28th, 2014     
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I am currently taking a class called Conflict Transformation. Even in the few short classes I have already participated in, I have learned a great deal about what it means to work toward the transformation of communities that are ravaged by violence and unrest. I am by no means an expert in the field, and hardly know where to begin with most of it, but I have learned the importance of dreaming. Of imagining a time to come when violence doesn’t exist, or at least when people find that it is no longer necessary to express their beliefs.

sudanSouth Sudan, the youngest nation of the world, has been tarnished by Civil War that has lasted for more than five decades. There are high levels of hatred among various ethnic groups which promote tribalism and power struggles. According to a report by the United Nations, over the past 6 weeks alone more than 10,000 people have been killed and 820,000 have been displaced. The United Nations believes that there are 7 million South Sudanese threatened by hunger and lack of basic necessities.

On December 15, 2013, another string of violent attacks broke out and spread like wildfire into neighboring cities. Cities like Bentiu, Bor, and Malakal turned into desert cities as people fled or were killed from the onslaught of violence. Millions of people are without a home, without a shelter, and without a sense of security. Many have lost families members, or entire families. A focus of the relief effort through CWR partners in South Sudan is for those most immediate needs of those in refugee camps. Some have decided to venture into neighboring countries like Uganda, Kenya, and Ethiopia to seek refuge. At the Kuotkeah Camp, CWR partners have identified 305 individuals who are in need immediate relief. These are the sick and disabled, the expectant mothers, orphaned children, and the elderly. Also among this group are 25 unaccompanied minors who fled the violence and do not know where their families are or if they are alive. They need food, water, shelter, and medical attention. Continue Reading »

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 »