Unusually heavy rains since January have caused flooding and mudslides in normally arid coastal Peru, killing more than 100 people and damaging tens of thousands of homes. Photo: ©UNICEF/UN057587/Jose Vilca
The Anglican Church of Canada’s relief and development agency is contributing $20,000 to helppeople stricken by recent dramatic flooding in Peru.
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) announced March 29 it was makingthe emergency grant in support of its partner, ACT Alliance, an international network of faithgroups that does aid, development and advocacy work.
The money will help ACT and its own local partners in Peru, which are supplying food, temporaryshelter and hygiene kits to 680 affected households in four villages in the Ica and La Libertadregions of the country, PWRDF said.
The four-month emergency aid project will also aim to help communities mobilize themselves to provide “psycho-social care” through home visits or group activities to afflicted people, PWRDF said.
Coastal Peru, normally arid, is now suffering its worst flooding since 1998, as a result of unusuallyheavy rains. The flooding began in January and has worsened since then, PWRDF said. ACT has sofar committed $149,952 (U.S.) to the crisis.
According to an Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS) story, more than 100 people have beenkilled by the recent floods and landslides, with an estimated 118,000 people seriously affected. More than 28,000 homes are now either severely damaged or uninhabitable, ACNS said, with muchof the country’s infrastructure damaged as well. Meanwhile, relief efforts have been hampered byfast-flowing rivers and mudslides.
The Anglican Church in Peru has launched a new appeal, “Help Us to Help Others,” to raise moneyfor the most vulnerable and neglected communities affected by the crisis, ACNS said.
Individuals and non-governmental organizations have helped provide emergency food, clothing, shelter and water, ACNS said, but supplies have been dwindling over time and many strickencommunities are still waiting for longer-term solutions from the local and national governments.
According to a “Plan of Action” released by the church, small communities near Lima, the capitalcity, received aid early on, but are now struggling, and others, as yet unreachable, are thought to bein a similar situation.
The Plan of Action envisages providing tents, mattresses, cooking supplies, food, water and basictoilet facilities to these communities, and helping children with stationery for school. The Peruvianchurch, ACNS said, is hoping for support for the plan from the worldwide Anglican Communion.
Paulo Ueti, facilitator for Latin America and the Caribbean for the Anglican Alliance, a coalition ofAnglican aid groups including PWRDF, said the alliance was following the crisis, and signalled itssupport.
“We are sure the church as a family is doing everything in its capacity to accompany and be theangel of good news amidst suffering and desperation,” he said. “Together we are stronger and ascommunity we certainly can do more, so count on us.”
PWRDF announces $50,000 more for East Africa
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is committing another $50,000 for famine and drought relief in East Africa, the aid agency announced Tuesday, March 14.
PWRDF is making a $20,000 contribution to the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Canada through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, an emergency food aid agency of which PWRDF is a member. ADRA is currently operating a program that provides child-friendly spaces and school supplies to displaced families in Juba, South Sudan.
PWRDF is also pledging $30,000 to ACT Alliance, a coalition of church-based agencies, for drought relief in Somalia. The money will help provide food, water, sanitation, education, health care and livestock to people suffering from a severe drought in that country, PWRDF said.
Four seasons of scant rain have devastated crops and livestock in that country, causing many people to sell what they have and borrow food and money to survive, the agency said. About 6.2 million Somalis now need humanitarian aid, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
The funding announcement follows an earlier appeal and commitment of $50,000 PWRDF made for famine and drought relief in South Sudan and Kenya Feb. 24.
All together, an estimated 16 million people in East Africa are now facing serious hunger because of drought and, in South Sudan, war.
Donations to PWRDF’s East Africa emergency response can be made online, by phone (contact Jennifer Brown at 416-924-9192 ext. 355; or 1-866-308-7973) or by mail.
Mailed cheques should be payable to “PWRDF, Emergency Response East Africa,” and sent to:
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
80 Hayden Street
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 3G2
PWRDF launches appeal for Haiti relief
As Hurricane Matthew continues to batter the US, its devastation in Haiti is still being discovered. Matthew was the strongest storm to hit Haiti in almost a decade. Hundreds have died, tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed. Roads and other infrastructure is gone. Flooding and mudslides have increased the danger of cholera and other water-borne diseases.
PWRDF has announced an initial grant of $15,000 through the ACT Alliance for relief efforts to support communities affected by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti.