2009 Compassion Response Fund Report

We find ourselves in the midst of the Advent season -— anticipating, hoping, and preparing for the birth of the Christ-child in our lives and in our world. How desperately we need him! In my humble opinion, good preparation also includes reflection on what has already been. Each quarter this year, we have provided you with a brief report on all that you have helped us make possible through Week of Compassion. Today we send you our final Compassion Response Fund Report for 2009 (barring, we pray, any major disasters between now and the New Year).
 
The Compassion Response Fund is an allocation the Week of Compassion Advisory Committee makes each year to enable WoC to respond immediately, effectively and efficiently to requests for emergencies, disasters and other urgent and unexpected needs that arise. For 2009 the WoC Committee has allocated $600,000 for the Compassion Response Fund; it is the single largest item in the WoC program budget. In addition to what is budgeted for the Response Fund, WoC receives designated gifts for the Fund and for specific disasters, countries and situations that further enhance our capacity to respond to emergency needs and appeals. Currently, WoC has made a disaster response on average of once every 2.5 days.

Below is a listing of grants from the Compassion Response Fund and other designated disaster response accounts. Contributions for the Response Fund are needed and welcomed and will be used 100% for emergency response to humanitarian needs in the world. During these difficult economic times, it is the vulnerable, the poor, the diseased and the hungry —- those sisters and brothers WoC serves and accompanies -— who feel the most impact. Thus, it is with great joy we share with you, our partners in this compassionate and critical ministry, the following report. And we thank you, once again, for your courageous compassion. 

Africa: [157,543]
$6,000 - Angola, relief to flood affected
$6,000 - Chad, assistance to IDPs & refugees
$60,000 - Darfur/Sudan, emergency relief
$6,000 - DR Congo, severe storms
$2,500 – DR Congo, aid to displaced
$2,500 – DR Congo, aid to Angolan refugees
$18,000 - DR Congo, crisis
$21,000 - Kenya, famine relief
$11,000 - Liberia, hunger relief
$1,000 – Republic of Congo, emergency
$6,000 - Somalia, assistance to IDPs
$6,000 - Zambia, food relief
$6,451 - Zimbabwe, food security
$1,250 - Zimbabwe, aid for medical clinic
$3,842 – Zimbabwe, water wells

East Asia and the Pacific: [31,250]
$5,000 - Australia, bushfires
$4,500 – China, flood relief
$5,000 - Philippines, northern Mindanao floods
$9,750 – Philippines, typhoon
$2,500 – Philippines, tropical storm/flood relief
$2,000 – Samoa, emergency aid
$2,500 – Taiwan, flood relief

Latin America and the Caribbean: [38,347]
$3,847 - Chaco Region, water project
$5,000 - Costa Rica, flood relief
$7,500 - Costa Rica, earthquake relief
$1,000 – Dominican Republic, fire
$5,000 – El Salvador, floods/mudslides
$5,000 - Honduras, tropical depression
$6,000 – Honduras, earthquake relief
$2,500 – Honduras, political crisis
$2,500 – Mexico, flood relief

Middle East and Europe: [55,500]
$13,500 - Bosnia, long-term recovery
$23,000 - Gaza, humanitarian assistance
$6,000 - Iraq, assistance to IDPs & refugees
$11,000 - Republic of Georgia, post-conflict relief & recovery
$2,000 – Russia, poverty

Southern Asia: [166,750]
$10,000 - Afghanistan, medical care
$6,000 - Afghanistan, drought & food insecurity
$5,000 – Bangladesh, cyclone relief
$5,000 – Cambodia-Thailand, border crisis
$5,000 – Cambodia, flood relief
$31,000 - Indonesia, post-tsunami & earthquake rehabilitation
$25,000 – Indonesia, West Java earthquake
$6,500 – India, flood rehabilitation
$2,000 – India, disaster risk reduction
$13,000 – Myanmar, ongoing cyclone relief
$37,000 – Pakistan, humanitarian crisis
$12,250 – Sri Lanka, assistance to conflict-displaced
$6,500 – Thailand, ecumenical partnership
$2,500 – Vietnam, flood relief

General: [24,000]
2009 Rapid Response Fund
 Indonesia, West Papua earthquake relief
 Madagascar, cyclone recovery
 Indonesia, Talaud Is. earthquake relief
 India, Orissa tornado
 Afghanistan, earthquake
 Cambodia, border conflict
 India, Cyclone Aila
 DR Congo, fire, displacing families
 Nepal, diarrhea outbreak
 Pakistan, religious violence
 Honduras, political crisis
 Pakistan, displacement
 El Salvador, floods/mudslides
 Tanzania, landslide
 India, Tamil Nadu floods

Domestic: [178,296]
$12,000 – Alaska, Yukon River floods
$1,000 - Arkansas, house fire
$1,000 - Arkansas, ice storm relief
$500 – Arkansas, flood recovery
$6,000 – Arizona, emergency water needs
$4,000 – Florida, flood recovery
$11,000 – Florida, long-term disaster recovery
$5,000 - Florida, long-term hurricane recovery
$750 – Florida, house fire
$3,500 - Georgia, emergency heating
$2,000 – Georgia, flood relief
$6,500 – Illinois, hurricane
$2,500 - Indiana, flood recovery
$10,000 – Iowa, flood recovery
$9,000 - Kentucky, ice storm relief
$1,000 – Kentucky, tornado recovery
$3,000 – Kentucky, work in Appalachia
$16,000 - Louisiana, long-term hurricane recovery
$10,000 - Louisiana, ecumenical build
$2,000 – Mississippi, hurricane recovery
$500 – Missouri, tornado recovery
$1,000 – Missouri, ongoing storm recovery
$1,500 – Oklahoma, wildfire recovery
$2,500 – South Carolina, wildfire recovery
$3,000 – Tennessee, tornado relief
$30,000 - Tennessee, hurricane recovery (evacuees)
$250 - Texas, house fire
$5,296 - Texas, hurricane recovery
$1,000 – Texas, tornado recovery
$6,000 - U.S., 2008 spring storms
$7,000 - U.S., 2009 spring storms & floods
$6,000 – U.S., 2009 summer storms
$5,000 – U.S., 2009 southeastern floods
$500 – Virginia, trauma counseling
$2,000 – West Virginia, flood relief