Restoration of three schools in a disaster-prone area of Haiti means earthquake- and storm-resistant classrooms, safe sanitation facilities, plus dignity and pride for the nearly 600 students they serve. With funding and other support from UCC Disaster Ministries, public schools in Mentor, Dessources and Pavillon have reopened. All suffered extensive damage from Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
For Evelore Jean Baptiste, 18, of Dessources, Haiti, school is at the center of her life and the foundation for a future career in nursing. But her school got badly damaged in Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and was not in good shape to host children. Read her testimony of what the restoration of her school by UCC Disaster Ministries, Church World Service-Haiti and local partners means to her.
Hundreds in coastal towns of Sumatra and Java were killed by a tsunami the weekend before Christmas. It was just September when a powerful earthquake and tsunami killed thousands in Central Sulawesi. Please join us in remembering these brothers and sisters in prayer. UCC Disaster Ministries contributed an initial $23,000 for emergency needs following the September disaster and awaits word from partners as the current disaster unfolds.
UCC Disaster Ministries is extending the deadline for congregations assembling CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets to apply for Matching Grants up to $250 each. Churches now have until June 30, 2019, to stretch their own cash and in-kind contributions to stocking up these supplies so in demand following hurricanes, flooding and other disasters.
Where do your donations to UCC Disaster Ministries go? Funds totaling nearly $443,000 were released in September, October and November and have been put to work!
Just over two months since the deadly tsunami and earthquake Sept. 28 in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, tens of thousands remain in critical need of clean water, sanitation and hygiene, shelter, protection (including women’s and children’s protection) and education. UCC Disaster Ministries is helping meet these needs, delivering essentials from water to shelter materials and from hygiene supplies to public latrines, helping sustain thousands of survivors.
When a natural or technological disaster strikes a community, beginning the process of long-term recovery quickly is essential. Yet it can be a daunting task for local leaders who may not have experience in disaster recovery and may have suffered damage and loss themselves. Here’s good news: An ecumenical project has been demonstrating success in helping communities get long-term recovery started more quickly.
Amidst the worst wildfires in California history, the people of several United Church of Christ faith communities are reaching out with love to neighbors and to strangers, offering solace and support. Some who are helping are themselves recovering after the Carr fire just a few months ago.
The Camp and Woolsey fires in California are now listed as 100 percent contained, with 85 confirmed dead and nearly 200 still listed as missing. UCC Disaster Ministries calls on the whole church to keep Californians in prayer during this time. We continue to liaise with both our Northern California Nevada Conference and Southern California Nevada Conference to provide support, and we remain committed to long-term recovery.
UCC Disaster Ministries, in partnership with the UCC Southern and Florida Conferences, is in the midst of planning for long-term recovery from Hurricanes Florence and Michael, including hiring of an Eastern Regional Disaster Recovery Specialist. That specialist will play an important role in coordinating response to these two large-scale disasters, challenging UCC volunteers and donors “don’t get weary” in the face of what may feel like overwhelming challenges from this - and last - year’s storms.