HOTLINE - week of November 29, 2010
CWS continues response to families affected by Indonesian volcano; Flood-affected families in Pakistan receive continuing CWS assistance; Young woman in Rwanda relates CWS Giving Hope success story; Check out CBS religion special on Haiti this weekend; Speak Out to help make dreams come true for young immigrants; CWS Best Gifts.
As the Mt. Merapi volcano continues to threaten surrounding communities in Java, CWS responds to the needs of affected families.
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As the weather cools in Pakistan, CWS continues to assist people affected or displaced by severe July flooding. Survivors--especially children and the elderly--remain at risk of hunger and disease. Stocking food supplies, coping with power failures and accessing health services are some concerns families face as temperatures drop.
One struggling institution is Balakot's hospital, which has long received support from CWS. The hospital suffered severe flood damage and lost about three-quarters of its equipment. It has been the primary health facility for a surrounding region of some 300,000 persons. “All the valley depended on this hospital," says hospital director Zia Ulhaq.
Pakistan continues to find its bearings four months after the start of the devastating floods. "If you don't intervene, it will be devastating," says CWS Pakistan/Afghanistan Associate Director Dennis Joseph. CWS staff continues to reach some people who are receiving help for the first time since the floods.
CWS is providing food for some 91,200 people. And, more than 100,000 people are receiving emergency and preventive care through CWS mobile health units and CWS-managed health facilities. CWS is also providing shelter kits and construction trades training, cash-for-work projects and grants to help in the recovery effort.
At this World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, CWS continues to assist young people in East Africa whose families have been affected by HIV and AIDS.
On Sunday, Dec. 5, CWS’s Burton Joseph will be featured in "Haiti: Religion's Response to Disaster," a CBS religion special about the faith community's assistance to survivors of the devastating earthquake. (Please check your local CBS station for exact time.) For more information, visit www.churchworldservice.org/CBSspecial.
You can join the DREAM Act Call-In Day today, Nov 29. Help make DREAMS for young immigrants possible. Urge your Senators and Representative to co-sponsor The DREAM Act so that undocumented high school graduates brought to the United States as children can realize their potential through higher education and service to the United States, thus benefiting all Americans. For more information, visit the Speak Out pages at www.churchworldservice.org/dreamact.
As you anticipate the holidays, CWS Best Gifts are a great way to let your loved ones know you care. To find out more, visit www.cwsbestgifts.org.