Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is actively engaged in emergency relief operations responding to severe flooding affecting the West Midnapore district of West Bengal and the Balasore district of Orissa in northern India. Safe water, food and shelter are among the items most needed to help families cope.
Activities during this initial crisis phase include distribution of temporary shelter materials—polythene sheets, water purification tablets, family kits of clothing, bed sheets, mosquito nets and hygiene items. Current efforts are aimed at reaching 6,500 of the most vulnerable families. Longer-term programming includes food-for-work activities that will generate employment and counter food shortages resulting from the enormous losses to standing crops. Additionally, some housing assistance is planned to help the most vulnerable families build safer and somewhat stronger houses.
This is part of a larger relief operation encompassing areas in Bangladesh, India and Nepal through ACT International, a global alliance of churches and related agencies working to save lives and support communities in emergencies worldwide. An estimated 35 million people are affected and further flooding is likely as the monsoon season normally extends into September/October.
Canadians can support these relief operations by making a donation to CLWR’s Emergency Appeal – Bangladesh, India, Nepal, via the CLWR website www.clwr.org or by calling 1.800.661.2597 or through your LCC congregation.
Further information or to speak to a representative in Peru:
CLWR Communications Director
1.800.661.2597; 204.631.0504 (office)
CLWR carries out international emergency relief, development programming, refugee resettlement and alternative trade merchandising on behalf of the two major Lutheran church bodies in Canada (the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and Lutheran Church–Canada).