Christian World Service launched an appeal on Sunday for the people of Vanuatu in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Pam.
The money raised will go to local people providing food, water, healthcare, emergency shelter and non-food items in the short term. In the weeks ahead the focus will shift to rebuilding homes and livelihoods wrecked by the category 5 storm. Through local churches, people will offer psycho-social/pastoral support. The priority is to help vulnerable people and those living in isolated communities.
Natural disasters, such as cyclones and floods, are a reality of living in the Pacific. The impact of such disasters can be significant and given the remoteness of some islands response from outside is often difficult or even impossible. That is why increasing the capacity of national and local authorities to manage and reduce the impact of disasters, as well as improve the preparedness and resilience of communities, is a priority for Pacific Island governments and the many humanitarian partners in the region.
APPEAL CODE: # 700-N
EXPANDED APPEAL GOAL: $550,421 (from $494,020)
PLEDGED TO DATE TOWARD GOAL: $185,000
As noted in the initial May 7 appeal, Afghanistan is experiencing severe weather affecting tens of thousands of persons. Flash floods and landslides in the country over the past weeks have affected 120,000 people across 16 provinces. An estimated 675 people have died. Many of them were swept away by floodwaters or buried under mud.
AUGUST 29, 2012
Church World Service, a global humanitarian organization, has awarded a grant of $5,000 to the Joplin Long-Term Recovery Committee to assist in meeting the needs of tornado survivors.
The Joplin Long Term Recovery Committee is a collaborative group of more than 30 nonprofit and faith-based organizations working to help people affected by the May 22, 2011, tornado in Joplin, Mo. The group provides case management, housing repair and construction and emotional and spiritual care to survivors.
In a needs assessment conducted by CWS-P/A, the district of Thatta exhibited signs of being highly prone to various types of disasters. Recognizing the huge loss to housing during the 2010 floods, the organization initiated a housing project to support 500 flood affected families.
2011-11-04 2:54 pm
A group of New Zealand human rights, development and peace organisations is calling for the Indonesian government to investigate allegations of excessive force and human rights violations by Indonesian security forces in Papua last month.
The group is also calling for an immediate dialogue between the Government of Indonesia and Papuan leaders to address issues that underpin conflict in Papua, and has asked the New Zealand government to do all it can to encourage such dialogue.
In the wake of a powerful earthquake centered just southwest of the capital city of Port-au-Prince, Church World Service staff are quickly responding, contacting long-term partners in the country and working with them to assess the situation. The Ecumenical Foundation for Peace, whose House of Hope day school is supported by CWS, reports the school is damaged and they are trying to determine the well-being of some of the staff and children.
CWS is sending funds to local partners in Haiti as we continue to assess the situation.
PWS&D Newswire: Commentary by Chris Herlinger, on behalf of Church World Service
Special Note: Chris Herlinger, with Action by Churches Together (ACT), recently returned from Afghanistan - his third visit there since the summer of 2001. Herlinger reports on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan as well as the ongoing ACT network response, supported by PWS&D.
Christian World Service (CWS) today launched an emergency appeal to support the people of the Solomon Islands in response to the severe earthquake and resulting tsunami that struck part of the islands on 2nd April.
The most severely affected areas are Choiseul and Western Provinces.