WOMEN, GIRLS SUFFER MOST IN DISASTERS
The Women's March on Saturday will highlight issues affecting women. Here's one more: In disasters, women & girls suffer most from loss of livelihoods, security & life. Read this report from U.N. Women.
Click here to apply for a UCC Disaster Ministries Matching Grant of up to $250 to assemble Church World Service Emergency Cleanup Buckets and other Kits - specific material aid often crucial to the disaster recovery process. UCC Disaster Ministries is offering the matching grants to up to 200 qualifying UCC congregations on a first-come, first-served basis. Right now, CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets are in especially short supply. CWS School and Hygiene Kits also will be accepted. Ship completed buckets and kits to CWS if you must, but if possible drop them off at one of nearly 50 depots in 16 states, or at CWS's New Windsor, Md., warehouse on the way to 2017 General Synod.
Hurricane Matthew left a humanitarian disaster in its wake in October as it crossed Haiti and Cuba and continued northward to North Carolina, killing more than 500 and displacing hundreds of thousands. Pray, give to UCC Disaster Ministries' response. Click here for more information, a congregational bulletin insert and how to donate.
Ecuador suffered a severe 7.8 earthquake on April 16, with subsequent aftershocks and quakes, leaving 663 dead, 6,274 injured and nearly 30,000 people in shelters. Half a million people have been directly affected. The United Church of Christ One Great Hour of Sharing and The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Week of Compassion have issued a joint special appeal for $500,000 for Ecuador earthquake relief and recovery.
UCC Disaster Ministries has contributed $10,000 to the United Church of Christ in the Philippines' initial program of assistance to survivors of typhoons Sarika/Karen (Oct. 16) and Haima/Lawin (Oct. 19) in North Luzon.
The program includes a food relief pack for 1,096 families in 43 communities; palay, corn and vegetable seeds for 1,203 farmer families; construction assistance to nine church families and 16 local churches, and financial assistance to the families of two church members killed by falling trees.
Your service as a Disaster Recovery Volunteer helps people rebuild their physical homes and is an act of presence that indicates the commitment to walk beside disaster survivors as they seek to rebuild their lives. Current sites include West Virginia, Florida and New Jersey, where a new worksite was added 11/2/2016.
In addition to the ways listed above, this one-page flyer lists nine more ways - 12 in all - to help disaster survivors recover through UCC Disaster Ministries. Have a look - and share widely!
Hurricane Matthew slider photo from Haiti (above) courtesy of CWS
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