World Relief President Clive Calver heads to Zimbabwe

World Relief President Clive Calver heads to Zimbabwe Monday, September 4, to oversee the organization's response to the famine facing Zimbabwe and other Southern African nations.
World Relief disaster response team is tackling the food crisis throughout Southern Africa by forming alliances with various churches such as the Free Methodist Church to conduct targeted food distribution.

Members denominations throughout Southern Africa are compiling lists of the neediest food aid recipients including the sick, orphans, pregnant or nursing women and deliver food to them with support from World Relief. In Zimbabwe alone, World Relief and the Free Methodist Church hope to assist more than 150,000 people over the next seven months.

During a U.S. Department of State briefing on the food crisis in Southern Africa, Andrew S. Natsios, administrator of USAID, outlined the importance of funneling the necessary aid through "NGOs and church groups" to insure proper distribution among the needy.

Calver explained that churches are vital in the response to the growing food crisis in Southern Africa because they [churches] understand the needs of their communities better than outsiders do and can distribute aid more effectively.

Calver will be available for interviews while he is in Zimbabwe and after he returns to World Relief's headquarters in Baltimore on September 9.

World Relief is the humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals and a leading relief and development practitioner. Its mission is to alleviate human suffering around the world.

For more information about World Relief please contact Matthew Pugh at 443-451-1966.

7 East Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
Fax: 443-451-1995
E-mail: mpugh@wr.org