HOTLINE - week of October 25, 2010
Three months after massive floods began, CWS emergency and recovery assistance continues in Pakistan; CWS continues aid for quake survivors with disabilities in Haiti; and promotes cholera prevention basics; CWS Kits needed
Updated October 26, 2010
A 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit Mentawai Islands, West Sumatra, at 9:40 p.m. local time on Oct. 25. A resulting 10-foot tsunami penetrated about one-third mile into coastal villages, inundating homes. CWS West Sumatra colleague Rev. Rugun Pakpahan reports that at least six villages in Mentawai District were swept away by the waves. More than 100 people are known dead, some 500 are missing, and 645 families are displaced, as heavy rains and strong winds continue.
This week marks three months since devastating floods inundated major portions of Pakistan.
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It's an example of how, despite the earthquake or perhaps because of it, a small movement is growing that establishes the value of persons with disabilities, empowers them to participate in Haitian society, and even deepens the very definition of beauty and humanity, says CWS’s Aaron Tate. CWS is part of the movement, in collaboration with longtime partner Service Chretien d'Haiti (SCH).
The pageant was organized by the Secretary of State for the Integration of Disabled People. The department, headed by Dr. Michel Pean (who is blind), has collaborated with international organizations, including participating in distribution of CWS Kits to people with disabilities soon after the quake.
CWS is working to integrate and empower people with disabilities, and has worked with SCH to develop a program to provide emergency cash, psychosocial support, counseling and micro-business support. With the modest cash grants, people with disabilities are starting small businesses to survive and recover. The CWS program is also focusing on house repair.
As CWS continues to assist people recovering from the January earthquake, some communities in Haiti’s northwest are experiencing a devastating cholera outbreak. Thus far, some 250 people have died.
CWS is working through its partner programs in Haiti to educate people about safe water and hand washing and ensure other preventative measures are being taken, and is relying on partners who are experts in sanitation and health to respond as needed.
“Emergency Clean-up Buckets are our most-needed Kit at this time,” says CWS’s Cindy Watson.