The Dutch government has granted 11.6 million euros to DCA's efforts to create security in four of the world's hotspots. It is the largest donation from an international donor in DCA history
DCA’s can now intensify its efforts to create safety in four countries affected by conflict thanks to a large donation from the Dutch government.
Two years after the last war in Gaza entire neighbourhoods remain cut off from water supplies, destroyed hospitals and clinics have not yet been rebuilt, and tens of thousands remain without a home.
Two years since the outbreak of the 2014 war that cost the lives of 1,492 Palestinian civilians, including 551 children, much of the Gaza Strip remains in ruins. Entire neighbourhoods remain cut off from water supplies, destroyed hospitals and clinics have not yet been rebuilt, and tens of thousands remain without a home.
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has granted 288.074 CHF to DCA’s programme in Myanmar. The grant supports DCA’s work improving the safety of people affected by the danger of landmines/ERW and the living conditions of the victims in South-East Myanmar (Kayin and Kayah States).
Multiple decades of armed conflict have affected Myanmar and created a legacy of contamination from landmines, improvised explosive devices (IED), and other explosive remnants of war (ERW).
Monsoon rains started in late July but have already created chaos in different parts of Pakistan. DCA has pledged half a million DKK
Monsoon rains and flood continues to create havoc in different parts of the flood-affected areas leaving thousands of families affected, large number of houses destroyed, thousands of acres of ready to harvest crops and fruits orchards have been damaged, link roads and bridges destroyed.
The Pakistan Meteorological Department has issued high alert in the wake of expected widespread heavy rain and flood.
With one third of the country affected by heavy rain and floods Malawian president Peter Mutharika has declared the country in a state of disaster. DanChurchAid has responded to the call for assistance
Lately, the rains have been heavy and one third of Malawi has been affected with flood. So far about 70,000 people have been displaced and are homeless in the country. 15 districts, mainly in the South and North have been affected.
Lathyrism, a disease caused by consuming a lot of grass pea, has been affecting thousands in Ethiopia. A DCA partner, EOC- DICAC has raised the issue and discussed with participates on short and long term solutions.
17.10.2014 by Tinbit Amare Dejene
“I was very angry when I first discover my paralysis; I wanted to commit suicide,” said Sisay Teka, 53, victim for the past 30 years. “I suspect the first time I was exposed was when I make a direct contact with the seed coat while feeding my cattle”.
Eight months after conflict broke out, thousands of South Sudanese refugees continue to flee into Ethiopia but lack of funding makes it difficult to provide shelter, clean water and proper sanitation. In August 2014, DanChurchAid visited Leitchuor camp in the Gambella region of south western Ethiopia.
Continued military operations are compounding a health care crisis in Gaza, with hospitals ill-prepared to meet the critical needs arising from a wide-scale emergency right now. The signatory organizations are calling for an immediate ceasefire, noting that all parties must respect international humanitarian law and abide by their obligations to protect civilians from harm.
The small disasters in Myanmar don’t get shown on CNN. But they still make a big difference locally and knock the breath out of people in small villages. That is why the Baptist Church in Denmark supports the Baptist’s disaster preparedness in Chin State in Myanmar through DanChurchAid.
“The problem in our village is diarrhoea. There was a new attack when I left for this course”. U Htay Nyunt is a farmer in Ma-kyee-san village in Chin State of Myanmar and one of 25 participants from in all 16 villages at the first local training course.
83.000 US dollars are on their way to the victims in the Badahkshan province in Afghanistan, who were hit by a mudslide last week. The money will provide relief in terms of food, medical assistance and shelter to the affected families.
09.05.2014 by Lisbeth Svalgaard
2,500 people were buried alive, when the mud came sliding down and covered the village rapidly. Neighbors rushing to help were caught in the mud as well. Around 4,000 thousand people are now displaced.
HOPE DESPITE CRISES
With great hopes for the future the new chairman of the board, Paul Mollerup, addressed the annual general assembly in Nyborg, Central Denmark.
“Impressive 1,300 donations for the work are what DanChurchAid receives every day. And this is what has made DCA and our supporters able to contribute to reach four of the MDG. This has given hope for some of the World’s most vulnerable people,” the new chairman of DanChurchAid Paul Mollerup said in his keynote speech at the annual general assembly 2014.
Rain is already falling in South Sudan, and that is far earlier than usual. They rainy season causes major problems for the population, who is already struggling with the consequences of a broken ceasefire.
Usually, the rainy season begins in the summer, but this year the first heavy rainfalls have already hit South Sudan. Large amounts of rainwater in a short period is catastrophic for the war-torn country, where five million people need help.
Coalition of 36 international aid agencies calls on global donors to respond
International aid agencies working in six countries to help people affected by the Syrian crisis today calls on the international community to dig deep and be generous in responding to the UN’s new Syria and refugee appeals.
Through the donation of EUR 150,000 the German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO) supports DanChurchAid (DCA) victim assistance efforts in Myanmar
Victim Assistance efforts enable victims of armed conflict and violence to be reintegrated into society.
In Myanmar, DCA offers direct support to victims – e.g. prosthetic legs – and encourage duty bearers to support and assist victims.
Almost 90,000 Syrians of Palestinian origin have fled over the border to Lebanon where they have looked for help and shelter in the old Palestinian refugee camps from 1948.
by Jutta Weinkouff
Deeply traumatised and often with only the clothes on their backs, almost 90,000 refugees of all ages have gone to seek shelter with close or distant relatives in the old Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon.
About 400,000 Palestinian refugees live here already under miserable conditions in a country that doesn’t want them.
DCA has launched a new EU-funded project, which will improve rural livelihood for around 5200 beneficiaries by securing land tenure in Southern Zambia.
The European Union (EU) has pledged to continue supporting health, education, sustainable livelihood, corporate social responsibility and water and sanitation projects in Zambia.
Speaking at the EU's ‘ceremonial’ signing of the award grants to non state and state actors, Head of EU Delegation in Zambia, Gilles Hervio, said he was happy with the geography and thematic diversity of the selected projects.
Ambulances are mandatory whenever DanChurchAid’s demining personnel enter the field to remove landmines and unexploded ordnance that have been left behind after armed conflicts. In Libya the ambulance has proved itself to be indispensable on several occasions.
“Last year, two of our colleagues were involved in an accident. If there hadn’t been an ambulance present, they might not have made it.” That’s how Youssef Mohamad Al Hoti, who is a paramedic and ambulance driver for DanChurchAid’s Humanitarian Mine Action operations in Misrata, expresses it.
DCA HMA Case Study, Jonglei, South Sudan
The DCA Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) programme is steadily growing in South Sudan. Having begun operations in January 2013, the programme now has two fully accredited Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams and two Risk Education (RE) teams. A third RE team is currently being recruited. This is all thanks to a donation from the Common Humanitarian Fund administered by UNDP in South Sudan.
The most recent team to be accredited was the second RE team. But accreditation in Mine Action is no easy task!
Several provinces in the northern part of Sri Lanka are under water. DanChurchAid is prepared to provide food, mosquito nets and blankets to the many in need.
It has rained more than usual in the northern part of Sri Lanka since before Christmas. The rain has caused the rivers to go over their banks and created big landslides.
More than 350.000 people are affected by the situation and 3.000 are living in evacuation centres.
The Tamils suffer most
As the impact of days of violent escalation worsens for civilians in Gaza and in Israel, a group of 38 aid and development agencies today urged world leaders to take swift action to enforce a ceasefire in order to protect civilian lives and infrastructure and prevent another widespread humanitarian disaster in Gaza brought on by a prolonged military confrontation.