Disaster Relief

Drought Relief in India

Post a Comment » Written on February 26th, 2014     
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India HCC Drought Relief Draft

CWR continues to receive updates from partners on the drought in Makarashtra, India:

The current drought in Maharashtra seems to have broken all previous records, with millions of human beings and livestock suffering hunger in absence of food and fodder.

  • Almost five million people have no work as the crops failed.
  • Millions of people from mainly farming communities across 12,000 villages of 15 districts are facing severe shortages of drinking water, and are unable to grow crops and provide fodder for their livestock. 
  • Hunger is likely to become a critical issue in the coming weeks as farmers have no income and their backup resources are now depleting. 
  • People will have no way to feed their families soon. 
  • Drinking water is a serious problem as the normal supply systems have failed.

The Hindustani Covenant Church and Covenant Social Services are doing their best to provide relief support to human beings, animals and birds. Six drought-hit villages have been reached by HCC/CSS. Relief response is being carried out by HCC/CSS with the support of Covenant World Relief and other partners. The relief work includes: repair of hand pumps, distributions of water pouches, medical support to vulnerable groups, grain and water for birds, water for animals through tankers, and plastic baskets for fodder for animals.

Give today to CWR and support emergency disaster response like we are doing now in India.

 



Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Thank You from the Philippines

Post a Comment » Written on February 6th, 2014     
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An update regarding relief and recovery after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) from one of our partners working in the Philippines, Medical Teams International (MTI). MTI has worked together with local medical staff in the Tacloban area. This thank you is extended to all from the ECC who have generously donated funds!

Thank You: Typhoon Yolanda

by Katie Carroll | Jan 31, 2014
Thank you.
Your compassionate and generous response to Typhoon Yolanda helped provide direct medical care to more than 20,000 people affected by the disaster.

Because of you, Medical Teams International was able to quickly respond, shipping urgently needed medicines and medical supplies to clinics and hospitals in the Philippines – enough to care for 10,000 people for 3 months! And thanks to you, our volunteer teams of medical professionals were able to be on the ground within days of the disaster, helping to restore the health of communities devastated by the typhoon.

Your support made a difference in the lives of so many – a baby with acute pneumonia was restored to health by life-saving medicines, an 86-year old man crippled by arthritis received urgent medical care after days of being trapped in his storm damaged home, and a young girl whose leg had been severely injured by flying sheet metal was rescued by our team and airlifted to a hospital in Tacloban to receive the surgery she so desperately needed. Your gifts made all this and more possible.

Here, nearly 10 weeks after the storm, I’m pleased to report that the country’s capacity to provide adequate medical care is being restored. Our 15th and final medical team will return this week and we will continue to provide support to local partners engaged in a variety of rebuilding efforts in the coming months. On behalf of our staff and volunteers, thank you for joining us in our commitment to rise, mobilize and make a difference in the lives of people affected by this historic and devastating typhoon. Your support is a huge blessing to those we serve, and we are so grateful to have you on the team.



Japan Earthquake Relief Continues

Post a Comment » Written on January 20th, 2014     
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Over the past two and a half years since the earthquake, Covenant World Relief through the Japan Covenant Church has been working with the victims of the earthquake. Together, we are providing support to those still living in temporary housing and endeavored to foster community with those in the housing communities. Here is an update on the relief work:

We have spent significant time reflecting on the last two and a half years of service. Straight after the earthquake and tsunami, volunteers were focused on clearing up the debris and giving out emergency supplies. However, as the recovery efforts continued, and the needs of the victims living in temporary housing diversified, we focused on creating community in these temporary housing areas through inviting volunteer teams to perform and conduct different craft activities. Looking long term, we are now involved in constructing a community center in Miyako City, one of our main hubs. Additionally, we are inviting other volunteer organizations to partner with us in making a long-term commitment to these disaster affected communities.

However, despite the remaining victims still in temporary housing, many relief organizations have begun closing down their operations leaving us with more base camps and areas to support. The next step for our relief effort is uncertain, but from what we have learnt over the last 2 years, humbly continuing to do what we can when we need to is a testimony in itself. It is because of partners like the Evangelical Covenant Church that we are starting to see the fruits of this ministry. Thank you again for choosing to remember our ministry. 



Meeting the Needs of Syrian Refugees

Post a Comment » Written on December 9th, 2013     
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Home is important to us all. It may be the house you grew up in, the church you attended, or the school you most loved. By definition, home is the place that you live, but I think it can be much more than that. So, what happens when your home is torn apart by war? There has been a civil war raging in Syria since March of 2011. At the beginning of September 2013, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the total number of deaths at 110,371 and climbing. While this number is numbing, there are also the numbers of people who are fleeing and trying to move away from the conflict. UN-OCHA says there are more than 4.25 million people that are internally displaced, and 6.8 million in need of humanitarian assistance. These refuges are flooding into neighboring countries like Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, and Lebanon seeking a peace that is eluding their home.

These facts are disheartening from a place that has been essentially cut off from the world, but there is good news coming from this area. The Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD) has been working with some of these displaced people to meet immediate needs. Through partner organizations, 900 families were assisted with NFI (non-food item) distributions. This meets the needs of 4,500 individuals. This project seeks to provide access to health and mental health services and supplies, like blankets and hygiene items, on a regular basis to families. Most families who receive this service have two to three children and share an apartment with another family or extended family members. At times, there can be 10-12 persons in one apartment. An increasing number of families don’t have the money to pay for basic necessities, let alone education costs, rent, and transportation. LSESD seeks to begin the process of rebuilding lives through this program. We pray that one day it will soon be safe for many of these refugees to return home, but until then, we are grateful for the partners that seek those who have been cast out.



Solidarity in Disaster Response

Post a Comment » Written on December 6th, 2013     
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In September, I attended the Solidarity in Disaster Management Consultation in Manila, Philippines. We discussed the importance of standing together, not just standing for one another. In light of the recent disaster in the Philippines, what we discussed is of even greater importance. We stand, not for the recognition, but for the intrinsic value of each of God’s children. We stand, not for the glory, but for the real possibilities of lasting relationships built on mutual support. We stand in the knowledge of God’s great love for us all. I am grateful for the Covenant World Relief partners in the Philippines and around the world that we have the opportunity to work with and for those who are joining us by giving to CWR. Join us as we continue to respond to the disaster in the Philippines.

The Solidarity in Disaster Management Consultation ended with these resolutions. I ask you to join with us as we continue to strive toward these goals.

To a Solidarity of purpose that demonstrates the character of the Church by collaborating intentionally with each other in integrity, humility, and goodwill, recognizing the dignity and inherent value of all;

To a Solidarity of process by advancing complete and transparent good practices of disaster management, including the wise and ethical stewardship of personal, corporate, and financial resources;

To Solidarity of consequence by holding ourselves, our community, our leaders, and our governments accountable before God and one another;

To a Solidarity of passion as advocates for justice, equality, dignity, and the transformation of persons, communities, and society;

So as to make manifest God’s Shalom.