January 16 – February 5, 2012
The number of Americans living in poverty is the highest it has been in 52 years. One in seven households in our nation is food insecure, which affects more than 16 million children. This is why we need YOU! The good we do lasts all year!
Souper Bowl of Caring (SBoC) is a national movement of youth working to fight hunger and poverty in their own communities around the time of the Super Bowl football game. In the weeks leading up to or on Super Bowl Sunday, young people take up a collection (many use a soup pot), asking for one dollar or one item of food for people in need. They give 100% of their donation directly to the local hunger-relief charity of their choice. Last year over 250 Disciples of Christ congregations participated in Souper Bowl of Caring. That single act contributed over $100,000 to the fight against hunger. Nationally, more than 260,000 youth collected over $81 million in dollars and food for local hunger-relief charities. What a tangible way to demonstrate Jesus’ love and compassion to our fellow neighbor in need!
Be part of this movement to tackle hunger in America! Learn more and register your church today at tacklehunger.org to receive your FREE 2012 Playbook with resources to help make your collection a success.
More information on Souper Bowl of Caring and hunger in America can be found here. Please share this information with your friends, colleagues, and congregations and encourage them to join the team that tackles hunger!
Floods Continue to Affect Thailand
Heavy monsoon rains have been plaguing South East Asia since July and have severely affected one-third of Thailand's land mass. A total of 3.4 million acres of farmland--a landmass 13 times the size of Hong Kong--is submerged under water.
More than one-third of Thailand remains under water and more than 12.3 million livestock have been seriously affected. Authorities say the death toll has exceeded 307, while at least three people are still missing. More than 2.4 million people, including 700,000 children, have so far been affected.
In addition to the loss of life, the flooding has exacted a heavy toll on homes, businesses and infrastructure. The floods have so far incurred losses of US $1 billion.
More than 2 million tons of un-milled rice have already been destroyed during the flooding, affecting the economy of one of the world's largest exporters of rice. Transport links to the main ports in Bangkok and Laem Chabang have also been badly disrupted.
Church World Service (CWS) is responding as a member of the ACT Alliance--specifically, ACT forum members in Thailand, which include CWS, Diakonia, Dan Church Aid and Norwegian Church Aid. CWS is utilizing as its local implementing partner the Church of Christ in Thailand, known as CCT.
Initial efforts have included the work of CWS-supported members of CCT's team conducting assessments. In addition, food distribution has been underway in Bangkok, as has the distribution of food and non-food items in Ayutthaya and Chai Nat provinces for more than 1,200 households. Various small-scale feeding programs are also underway throughout the country.
Longer term, efforts are focused on providing immediate relief and recovery support to 22,400 flood-affected households in Chiang Mai, Chainat, Uthaithani, Phatumthani, and Ayutthaya provinces.
- Distribution of cooked food will benefit 18,800 households in Chainat, Ayutthaya, and Phatumthani provinces.
- Survival packs will benefit 2,500 households in Uthaithani, Chainat,Ayutthaya and Bangkok provinces. These include rice, instant noodles, canned fish, milk powder for babies, crackers, drinking water, body soap, body powder, toothpaste, tissue and essential medicines for headaches and minor injuries.
- 500 households will benefit from shelter assistance, and livelihood assistance will benefit 600 households in Uthaithani and Chainat provinces. This part of the response will assist at least 500 fishermen who have lost their fishing equipment. The support will enable them to resume fishing and fish raising again. About 150 housewives who had worked as daily food suppliers will also be supported in order to resume their cooking establishments.
To make a contribution to Week of Compassion to help support these and other efforts around the world, click here or send a check to WoC, PO Box 1986, Indianapolis, IN 46206.
This Week's Responses
Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance
Nicaragua, flood relief
Thailand (2), flood relief
Cambodia, flood relief
Gaza/West Bank, capacity building and training
Philippines, typhoon relief
DR Congo, conflict and displacement
Ghana, flood relief