HOTLINE - week of January 18, 2010
CWS responds to emergency needs in Haiti; Pakistan quake survivors improve lives via dairy farming; CWS Kits urgently needed
Church World Service is providing emergency supplies for distribution by our local partners in Port-au-Prince in the wake of the devastating January 12 quake. CWS is also supporting the efforts of the Action by Churches Together Alliance, of which CWS is a member.
CWS is coordinating efforts with local partners, including Service Chretien d’Haiti, SKDE (Sant Kretyen Pou Developman Entegre) and the Ecumenical Foundation for Peace and Justice, providing funds and helping them restore their vital operations in the wake of the quake.
For example, with CWS help, the EFPJ children’s program in Port-au-Prince is delivering a range of services to children in the Carrefour and La Saline neighborhoods. Before the quake, CWS assisted EFPJ’s House of Hope program, which was providing education and other opportunities for children working as domestics.
To maximize efficiency, CWS is making the Dominican Republic the hub of our material response in Haiti, at least for the time being. Immediately following the quake, CWS channeled pre-positioned CWS Kits and Blankets from the SSID warehouse in Santo Domingo to Haiti. And, CWS is providing CWS Baby Care and Hygiene Kits via a 40-foot cargo container to the Dominican Republic, for transit and distribution to those in need in Haiti.
CWS is also supporting the church coalition distribution of food and tents, jerry cans, water, water purifiers, sanitation equipment and hygiene supplies to 15,000 people in eight communities, as well as a medical team, and is providing a team of water engineers to address water sanitation. Members of the ACT coalition are also addressing psychosocial needs and providing expertise in protecting women and children.
Assistance will focus not only on Port-au-Prince but on surrounding areas and nearby towns devastated by the earthquake, including Leogane and Petit Goave, which were both devastated. Many people have fled Port-au-Prince and gone to other towns, putting pressure on those communities to provide them with assistance.
Your support is urgently needed. Please visit www.churchworldservice.org to find out how you can help.
Some 337 women survivors of the 2005 earthquake in the North West Frontier Province are participating in an expanded Church World Service-supported livelihood project to raise dairy cattle.
The women, in the Balakot Tehsil community, are part of the model dairy farm project that CWS has helped to establish. Organized into 25 groups of about 20-25 women each—the women have taken part in 32 training sessions on animal housing and management, breeding, livestock health and feed, dairy processing, and development and marketing techniques.
Since they began participating in the project, the women have experienced a positive impact on their lives and standard of living. And, through the project, CWS continues to play a pivotal role in helping families in their long-term recovery.
CWS has issued an urgent appeal for donations of CWS Hygiene and Baby Care Kits, asking individuals, families and congregations and civic groups to assemble CWS Kits for distribution to survivors of the Haiti earthquake and other global disasters.
The need for Kits is immediate. “When a disaster like the earthquake in Haiti hits, we have to replenish supplies very quickly so that we can both assist survivors and also have supplies on hand to help victims of other disasters that might occur,” says Rev. John McCullough, executive director and CEO of Church World Service.
Please visit www.churchworldservice.org/kits to find out how you or your group can put together CWS Kits.