Disaster Relief

Bringing Relief in the Central African Republic

Post a Comment » Written on August 14th, 2014     
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We just received an update from Roy and Aleta Danforth, Covenant Missionaries in the Central African Republic, on our project providing disaster relief there.

5 Seeds for the planters 1As rebel groups and Central African Republic national government authorities unsuccessfully try to work out their power struggle the local people that have been the victims in this whole crisis continue to suffer. Across the border in Cameroon, thousands of Fulani and Muslim refugees continue to live in camps, where sickness, malnutrition, and hunger plague the people, despite the efforts of the UNHCR and other relief groups. In addition, Gbaya people from our northern area also had to flee from Islamic extremists that burned their villages and killed many families. The result of all this bloodshed and destruction has been intense hatred between certain Muslims and non-Muslims. Finally, the international community has sent MISCA (international security) troops to guard the major cities against any more violence, and this has helped some. Our town of Gamboula is now under the protective care of 70 of these troops and we have a tenuous peace as we have had since the beginning of this conflict, but the hatred and fear of “the enemy” is still grounded in many people’s hearts.  Continue Reading »

Best Preparation for a Disaster

Post a Comment » Written on July 9th, 2014     
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Fulani_CAR_refugeeOftentimes after a disaster, we hear there should be a progression from immediate relief to recovery to long-term community development. What about before a disaster happens? What is the best way for churches and Christian organizations to prepare for a disaster? The answer is simple—engage in the community. By doing this, churches and Christian organizations build relationship and networks with the community, the leaders, and other organizations. CWR is grateful to be in partnership with many local Christian organizations around the world, which are actively engaged in their communities through transformational community development. When a major disaster occurs, CWR is able to respond immediately through these partners because they already have established networks and relationships.

The Evangelical Covenant Church of South Sudan (ECCSS) is one of these partners. Since the fighting broke out in December, South Sudan has faced a human-caused disaster that has created a crisis of tremendous magnitude. Thousands of Sudanese have lost their lives. More than one million are living in camps as internally displaced people (IDP). More than 300,000 have fled to surrounding countries. Currently four million are at risk of food insecurity. Because of their experience, expertise, and previous engagement with communities, the ECCSS is currently providing relief for refugees in South Sudan and Ethiopia.

In the Central African Republic, CWR’s partner CEFA (Centre d’Expérimentation et de Formation Agricole) has been engaged with communities through agricultural development for many years. Because of this they are able to respond to the current crisis that has resulted in many deaths and IDPs. CEFA is currently preparing a plan for long-term recovery through immediate relief and agricultural development.

CWR is grateful to be able to stand with these local organizations as they care for those most affected by the violence in these two countries. Give now to our relief efforts at CovChurch.org/cwr.

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Rebuilding Homes and Lives in the Philippines

Post a Comment » Written on June 16th, 2014     
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The lives of millions of people in the Philippines changed dramatically when typhoon Haiyan plowed through towns and cities. Many people are still displaced and trying to rebuild their lives. CWR has partnered with World Relief and the Philippines Relief and Development Services (PHILRADS) to address many of the most immediate needs, but the road to recovery is long. Through the support of CWR, World Relief, and PHILRADS 384 families in the Eastern and Western Samar regions have received shelter repair kits that provide necessary materials to rebuild and repair those homes that sustained the most damage.

Join in prayer as many are still not able to return to their homes, and as the rebuilding of communities is underway.

Demonstrating Christ’s Love to Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

Post a Comment » Written on June 4th, 2014     
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Syria has been ravaged by war. Tens of thousands of people have been killed and it is estimated that millions more have had to leave the country as refugees. I have worked with refugees and it is my opinion that refugees are some of the most vulnerable people in the world. They are in an unfamiliar place, forced out of their homes because of violence, and are trying to create their life again amidst confusion, sorrow, and pain. There are many relief organizations that believe the same as I do about the importance of helping refugees; these organizations have been working in Lebanon with refugees from Syria for a while now. One of the organizations that CWR partners with in Lebanon is Medical Teams International.

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Partnering with World Relief

Post a Comment » Written on June 2nd, 2014     
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Covenant World Relief partners with World Relief on a number of different projects around the world. Here are some updates from this past year:

Sudan, West Darfur: (Complex Humanitarian Emergency)  Since 2005, WR’s program in West Darfur has been providing malnourished children with emergency food, managing health care services,  providing farmers with training, and giving communities and their livestock access to clean water.

S. Sudan, Western Equatoria State: (Complex Humanitarian Emergency) The internal conflict in South Sudan has displaced almost 85,000 people since December 2013.  World Relief in partnership with CWR provides emergency food for malnourished children. They continue to meet the gravest of needs for those who have been displaced. Continue Reading »