Like many tenant farmers in flood-affected parts of Pakistan, Nawaz and his family have lost their roof, their entire crop, and their goats.
Even before the recent storms and flooding, they eked out a difficult existence. Now, they find themselves in an even more precarious position, and need immediate assistance.
Thus far, Church World Service has provided 250 food packages and 320 plastic sheets for families in Gadap, and 500 plastic sheets to the Thatta area, both in southwestern Sindh Province, Pakistan, and is planning to distribute 1,000 food packages and 500 plastic sheets in Turbat, southwestern Balochistan Province.
In India, which is also suffering from heavy flooding, Church World Service partner Church's Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA) is responding with a feeding program and distribution of relief materials for some 5,000 families in the affected areas, and plans to repair five damaged schools. CWS is seeking funds (https://secure.churchworldservice.org/catalog/display.php?product_id'0) to assist CASA's efforts in India.
Gaza and West Bank
The humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate in Gaza and the West Bank due to recent factional fighting in Gaza and ongoing political and economic uncertainty in the troubled region.
Church World Service is helping to support the efforts of the Middle East Council of Churches and local partners in providing cash grants, supplementary food, and health services to the most vulnerable families in Gaza and the West Bank.
Food assistance will be provided to 9,500 families, averaging six people each. Women and children will be granted partial coverage of medical fees and medicines in three clinics in Gaza; 500 chronically ill persons will gain access to medical facilities or other access to health care in the West Bank; and five additional health personnel will provide better care to families in need. For more information, read: Occupied Palestinian Territories / Gaza and West Bank crisis (http://www.churchworldservice.org/news/archives/2007/07/722.html).
Mount Gamkonora, in North Maluku, erupted on July 9, and has displaced more than 9,000 people. Church World Service is providing (7/14) an initial 300 blankets and 300 plastic mats, and is working with local partners to distribute emergency supplies and assess further needs.