Weekly Roundup

Wine to Water: Water for All

Week of Compassion now has a resource page for congregations interested in holding a “Wine to Water” fundraiser for water projects in regions such as Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Projects for funding, stories from Wine to Water events, and contact information is available here.

“Nine Thousand Nights: Refugees from Burma, A Peoples’ Scrapbook”
 
In remote “bamboo cities” ringed by deep forests and high mountains on the western edge of Thailand, refugees from Burma have lived their lives in refugee camps for more than 25 years – nine thousand nights. In this new book, the refugees and others share personal memories of their inspiring and extraordinary times. The book includes photos and information from Jennifer Riggs, Director of Refugee and Immigration Ministries (RIM), who was part of a Church World Service delegation to the Thai/Burma border in 1992. RIM is a program of Disciples Home Missions funded by your Week of Compassion offerings.
 
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Giving in Pakistan

After the Haiti earthquake, about 3.1 million Americans using mobile phones donated $10 each to the Red Cross, raising about $31 million. A similar campaign to raise contributions for Pakistan produced only about $10,000. The amount of funding donated per person affected by the 2004 tsunami was $1249.80, and for the 2010 Haiti earthquake, $1087.33. Even for the Pakistan earthquake of 2005, funding per affected person was $388.33. Thus far, for those affected by the 2010 floods, it is $16.36 per person.

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A Nashvillian Reflects on Preparing for Disaster:

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If God is Willing and da Creek Don’t Rise

Four years ago Spike Lee took his cameras to New Orleans to document the disaster wrought by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, as told by the people still dealing with its calamitous effects. The film Mr. Lee returned with was “When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts.” As the fifth anniversary of Katrina approached, Mr. Lee went back to New Orleans this year, hoping to tell the story of that city’s recovery and rejuvenation. 

Instead, his new documentary, “If God Is Willing and da Creek Don’t Rise,” ended up with a tone that is largely and eerily similar to its predecessor. For an interview with Lee, click here.

This Week’s Responses
 
Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance

Arkansas, house fire
Iowa (2), flood relief
DR Congo, wildfires
Zimbabwe, medical needs