Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is responding to the displacement and refugee crisis in Liberia in cooperation with our mission partner, Concerned Christian Community (CCC).
Since the beginning of December 2010, political turmoil has caused between 25,000 and 50,000 Cote d'Ivoire refugees, as well as 25,000 Liberians living in Cote d'Ivoire, to enter Liberia. The number of refugees is creating pressures for Liberian authorities and for host communities. Many villages are hosting as many refugees as residents. In some villages, refugees even outnumber residents.
While Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) continues to support our ecumenical partners through ACT Alliance in the ongoing provision of basic humanitarian assistance following the January 12 earthquake, PDA is also supporting the work of our mission partner Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP).
MPP recently sent a report on activities that indicates they have finished distribution of the emergency food and kitchen utensil kits and have begun the rehabilitation phase.
During the month of October, a cholera epidemic attacked the country.
See how your generous gifts have been at work in Haiti
The country of Haiti faced enormous challenges in 2010 - a massive earthquake, Hurricane Tomas, an outbreak of cholera, plus ongoing challenges that existed in the country before the January 12 earthquake.
Many people generously shared their financial blessings as a sign of their faithfulness, and in the hope that through their support, disaster-affected Haitian families would see hope from seemingly hopeless situations.
One year after the earthquake - while the media has focused on government inaction, the slow pace of …
January 20, 2011
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is responding the floods in Brazil as a member of the ACTAlliance. ACT (Action by Churches Together) members in Brazil have come together to support the population, and community-based churches in the cities have deployed emergency response and offered solidarity to survivors.
Brazil is facing its worst weather catastrophe in decades after nonstop heavy rain in the southeast caused floods and mudslides in many cities, especially Rio de Janeiro state in the Serrana region.
Hurricane Tomas was merciful as it swept past Haiti. The country was spared a direct hit, but torrential rain has caused widespread flooding and a heightened risk of the spread of disease among the already pressed population.
"The water is knee-deep inside our houses, and we have nothing. What kind of life is this?" ask residents of Cité Soleil, one of the largest slum areas of the country's capital Port au Prince.
"Last night I slept with water right up to the edge of my mattress.