Heavy monsoon rains over the last month have caused widespread flooding of homes, livestock, food stores and farmland in Pakistan’s southern province of Sindh. The plight of the affected, particularly the displaced population, is a dire situation which requires an immediate response. Over 5.4 million people have been impacted and the Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that 70% of standing crops have been destroyed. The majority of Sindh residents are poor and landless, relying on agriculture and livestock production in order to provide for their families.
Famine, food shortages, malnutrition, massive loss of livestock and skyrocketing food prices continue to affect more than 11 million people in East African countries as drought and hunger spread across the region.
As famine and drought continues to spread across countries in the Horn of Africa, PWS&D is increasing its response to this crisis by working through the ACT Alliance to support Somali refugees arriving at the ACT-run Dadaab refugee camp in northern Kenya.
More than 3.7 million Somalis—50% of the population—are in need of humanitarian assistance and struggling with extremely high rates of malnutrition. Across the country, crops have failed, a substantial proportion of livestock have died and local food prices have skyrocketed.
PWS&D is working in partnership with Canadian Foodgrains Bank to support the people of Eastern Africa as they suffer from the worst drought to hit the region in 60 years.
The World Food Program estimates at least 10 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Dijibouti, Uganda and Sudan will now require food assistance following two years of prolonged drought. The lack of rains has damaged crops, dried up existing sources of water and led to higher grain prices.
Gifts to the PWS&D Care for a Child program (#PWEDU01) are helping vulnerable children around the world attend school in order to reach for their dreams.
The ongoing conflict in Libya between Gaddafi’s government and opposition forces—predominantly on the northern coast—has resulted in massive numbers of civilians fleeing the violence. Since the conflict began in February 2011, more than 710,000 people have fled Libya, many of whom are migrant workers primarily from Mali, Egypt and Chad. The vast majority of refugees fled to Tunisia and Egypt while others fled to neighbouring countries. PWS&D is responding through the ACT Alliance to support those most affected by the conflict in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.
On March 11, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck the north-eastern coast of Japan, triggering a massive tsunami that washed away several coastal cities, destroyed critical infrastructure, including schools and medical facilities, crippled hundreds of businesses and killed and wounded tens of thousands of people. Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima and Ibaraki Prefectures were by far the worst hit. The region is still experiencing continuous aftershocks and the government has issued landslide and flood warnings in several areas where the ground has become unstable due to rising sea levels.
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Everywhere we travel here, a giant dust cloud follows close behind. The land is so dry the earth cracks and the sun scorches. Having arrived in the city of Mirpurkhas, Sindh province, Pakistan, I've visited several remote villages where our partners, Church World Service - Pakistan/Afghanistan, are conducting a variety of programs to establish food security for people living in the region.
Our first visit was to the community of Babar Kaloi.
PWS&D communications coordinator, Barb Summers, is currently visiting program partners in Pakistan along with PWS&D program coordinator, Alex Macdonald, and Canadian Foodgrains Bank communications officer, Emily Cain.
I wish I could effectively describe the landscape of Pakistan's Swat valley, however I'm afraid I just wouldn't do it justice.
Tuesday, 26 October 2010
An outbreak of cholera is sweeping across northern parts of Haiti, having already hospitalized 3,000 people and claimed over 250 lives.
Supporting Health and Livelihood Restoration in Pakistan
When the floods hit Royan Bibi's neighbourhood, the 50-year-old woman watched helplessly as her house and all her possessions washed away. With nowhere else to go, Royan, her husband and one of her sons moved in with her daughter's family, living in tight quarters.
Although there is little space to spare in the house, Royan's daughter offered up a room for a PWS&D-supported mobile health clinic, providing a place where female flood victims can receive medical treatment.
Over 550 families in the villages of Kolontar and Devecser are affected by the toxic red sludge that burst from a nearby alumina plant reservoir in Ajka, Hungary earlier this month. The flood caused 38 homes to collapse and inundated the rest with the red mud.
PWS&D is supporting Hungarian Reformed Aid (HRA), the development arm of long-standing partner, the Hungarian Reformed Church.
Wednesday, 11 August 2010
Monsoon rains and severe flooding have washed away tens of thousands of homes and killed as many as 1,500 people in Pakistan. In some of the worst flooding ever recorded in the region, thousands have lost livelihoods and are now homeless.
In the wake of widespread damage to agricultural lands, Presbyterian World Service & Development is working with Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) to provide over 25,000 people (3,000 families) with food packages for two months in the province of Balochistan, one of the worst affected areas.
The following is a statement from The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria (PCN) on the current crisis in that country. The PCN has a long history of partnership with The Presbyterian Church in Canada which will soon be releasing its own statement on the crisis in Nigeria.
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The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria
General Assembly Office, 26 - 29 Ehere Rd, Ogbor Hill
P. O. Box 2635, Aba, Abia State, Nigeria
8th March, 2010
Presbyterian Moderator Warns Against Full War in Jos
The Moderator of the General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, The Rt.
More than a million people are homeless in the wake of Tuesday's 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital city, which destroyed about three-quarters of the city's houses. The Red Cross estimates the quake claimed 50,000 human lives. Hundreds of thousands of people are roaming the streets desperately searching for their missing relatives and loved ones.
Presbyterian World Service & Development is assisting victims of the earthquake through the Action by Churches Together Alliance.
A massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, the capital of impoverished Haiti on Tuesday, causing widespread death and destruction and leaving relief workers scrambling to pull people from the rubble. Over three million people are estimated to have been affected by the powerful quake, leaving homes and schools in ruins, destroying infrastructure and trapping people in the debris. The city is without electricity and the telephone network has broken down. The UN headquarters has collapsed and people are sitting in the streets with nowhere to go.
PWS&D is responding the emergency situation in Malawi following a series of powerful earthquakes that struck in the northern end of the country beginning on 23 November and continuing for several weeks. The most powerful earthquake struck on 20 December and measured 6.0 on the Richter scale, causing widespread damage and leaving hundreds injured. Five thousand people have been displaced and over 1,100 houses destroyed by the earthquakes.
People in the affected areas have been forced into tents, lacking safe drinking water, food, sanitation facilities and medicines.
Millions of people do not have access to one of the most basic requirements of life: clean water. Gifts to PWS&D's Clean Water and Sanitation project are changing this reality through the installation of clean water wells, boreholes, water storage ponds and teaching about proper sanitation.
In Malawi, PWS&D and our partners, the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian, are working to increase the availability of clean water and improve access to sanitation facilities. In 2009, five successful boreholes were drilled in communities in northern Malawi.
On November 8, 2009, as much rain fell on El Salvador in four hours as in four days of Hurricane Mitch in 1998. Landslides and flooding claimed the lives of over 150 people and has left over 14,000 people homeless, primarily in the central and eastern parts of the the country.