CWS emergency appeal: Angola floods

Since January, Angola has been affected by heavy rainfall, landslides and flooding - part of a larger problem of floods that have affected the south-central African country during the last three years.

APPEAL: # 642-K
AMOUNT: $50,000

Situation: 

Since January, Angola has been affected by heavy rainfall, landslides and flooding - part of a larger problem of floods that have affected the south-central African country during the last three years.

This year's floods have been particularly damaging. All 18 of the country's provinces have been affected by the floods; at least 234 persons have been killed, with some 254,000 directly affected. In addition, some 5,564 homes have been destroyed, 3,560 in the province of Uige alone.

The effects on Uige, in northwestern Angola, are telling. The province was one of the areas most affected by Angola's nearly three decades-long civil war, with much of its infrastructure still in disrepair.

Uige remains a destination for Angolans who were displaced during the 1975-2002 civil war and have returned from the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo. Floods are making the situation worse for the returning refugees, who are living in often-squalid conditions; these one-time refugees are facing a number of challenges, including not having enough to eat. About three-quarters of cultivated land in the area has been damaged by floods and mudslides.

CWS response:

CWS is responding by supporting the response of Igreja Evangelica Reformada de Angola (Evengelical Reformed Church of Angola), known by the acronym IERA, whose humanitarian arm delivered humanitarian assistance to some 1 million persons during Angola's civil war.

The response focuses on assistance to nearly 7,000 persons, or about 2,000 families.

Specifically, families in the three municipalities of Uige Songo, Bembe and Mucaba are receiving food assistance and non-food items to improve their living standards. Assistance will include food, buckets, soap and chlorine. Seeds and tools are also being provided so that families can return to farming and become self-reliant. Among the seeds: manioc, beans, maize and other vegetables. About 100 persons will receive educational training on rural development and disaster mitigation.

Budget:

The total CWS is requesting for this appeal is $50,000, the bulk of which will go towards food, food security and livelihoods assistance. A smaller portion will go towards development and disaster mitigation training.

HOW TO HELP: Contributions to support CWS emergency response efforts may be made online, sent to your denomination, or to Church World Service, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515.

ACT Alliance  Church World Service is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of churches and agencies engaged in development, humanitarian assistance and advocacy.

Media Contact:
Lesley Crosson, 212-870-2676, lcrosson@churchworldservice.org
Jan Dragin, 781-925-1526, jdragin@gis.net


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