EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROGRAM
Church World Service is the Humanitarian Agency of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.
35 Denominations & Communions Working Together to Meet Human Needs Signed by the Rev. John L. McCullough, CWS Executive Director
SITUATION: Church World Service issued an initial appeal Sept. 18, 2000, for $100,000 as a response to flooding throughout large sections of Southeast Asia and expanded the appeal to $386,000 on Oct. 13, 2000, as an implementer for the Cambodia Emergency Food Relief appeal by the Action by Churches Together (ACT) International network.
Church World Service has been supporting relief efforts by its staff in Cambodia and Vietnam. In Cambodia, CWS donated $10,000 in CWS Blanket Funds to the Cambodia Red Cross for distribution in the form of plastic sheets, towels and blankets. In Vietnam, CWS provided $40,000 in Blanket Funds for the purchase of blankets, plastic sheeting and mosquito nets for survivors in affected areas, including Long An province, the site of CWS project work.
APPEAL FOR REHABILITATION PHASE: With this appeal, CWS is seeking support through the same account for continued assistance by CWS Cambodia to the most vulnerable communities in Cambodia. These communities received little or no assistance during the initial disaster phase of the crisis. This assistance is for the rehabilitation phase of the disaster, which has already begun.
Due to the enormous magnitude of the disaster - described as the worst flooding in 40 years -- assessments undertaken in the beginning and during the crisis were incomplete; as a result, it only now known that damage to the local infrastructure was extensive and that the flooding caused a number of internally displaced families to leave their homes.
In all, 17,420 people, or 3,831 families, in the provinces of Svay Rieng, Kandal, Battambang/Banteay Meanchey, Kompong Thom are being targeted for assistance in this rehabilitation phase. These include internally displaced people and the very poor. Specifically, these include survivors who did not receive help during the crisis phase. This includes, households that have seen their crops destroyed and have had limited or no opportunity to replant crops or to earn money to buy food, as well as those displaced from their homes by the flood.
In addition, vulnerable persons who received assistance during the crisis phase but need additional help. For example: households in the target area that have limited coping strategies at their disposal to survive - and who have therefore incurred more damage from the floods. These include elderly, chronically ill, disabled, and landless persons.
Assistance will include well and latrine construction; health and sanitation training; agricultural course; pig and cow breeding; income-generation assistance; land clearance; disaster preparedness training.
The total amount being sought is $73,940. This includes:
$10,705 for water and sanitation projects,
including well and latrine construction.
$12,046 for health training programs
$35,967 for various food security and farm programs, including animal raising
$4,000 for community infrastructure programs
$1,562 for emergency response training
$9,660 in operational costs
For additional information, including more detailed budget figures, please contact CWS/ERP. Or visit the ACT web site: www.act-intl.org
CHURCH WORLD SERVICE, Attn. Southeast Asia Flooding, #6919 for $386,680, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515. Phone pledges or credit card donations: 1-800-297-1516, ext. 222. On-line contributions to: www.churchworldservice.org
Call the CWS HOTLINE for updates: (800) 297-1516, ext. 111.
For further information about disasters to which Church World Service is responding, contact CWS Emergency Response.
Telephone: (212) 870-3151
After-hours emergency pager: (800) 780-0853
Internet Web Site: <http://www.cwserp.org>