Emergency relief efforts are underway for earthquakes that devastated El Salvador, India and Pakistan in January.
The death toll from the Jan. 13 earthquake in El Salvador exceeds 600 with more than 1,200 people missing. Strong aftershocks continue to hinder rescue efforts. The UCC's long-time partner, the Lutheran Church of El Salvador, has dispatched emergency teams to the affected areas to assess needs and begin relief operations. The UCC has sent an emergency grant of $15,000 in One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) funds to support the Lutheran Church of El Salvador and Emmanuel Baptist Church in their immediate response. An additional $10,000 in OGHS funds has been sent to the NCC's Church World Service to support its response to the disaster.
The UCC also is rushing $10,000 from the OGHS Rapid Response Fund to Church World Service for the immediate relief work of our partners in India and Pakistan, where the death toll from the Jan. 26 earthquake may rise to 15,000. At least 33,000 people are injured and hundreds of thousands are homeless in the aftermath of the quake, which measured 7.9 on the Richter scale. It was the most serious earthquake to strike India in 50 years.
Send checks, made payable to Wider Church Ministries and earmarked for "El Salvador Earthquake" or "India/Pakistan Earthquake" to: Wider Church Ministries, OGHS; 700 Prospect Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115. UCC members also may send a contribution to a conference office, along with a request that it be forwarded to Wider Church Ministries at the Cleveland address.