More than 100,000 people remain displaced in the aftermath of the unprecedented floods that ravaged Bosnia, Serbia and other Balkan countries last month. Altogether, the floods claimed more than 75 lives, affected more than one million people and caused damages up to several billions of dollars. Officials in Bosnia fear the costs of the damages could exceed that of the 1992-1995 war.
Members of the ACT Alliance, including Church World Service, continue to work with local staff and partners to distribute non-perishable food, hygiene kits, clean-up materials, clothing, blankets and other essential non-food items. The most pressing concern now is to assist people in returning to their homes, farms, businesses and communities and move effectively into the long term recovery and rehabilitation phase. The threat of landslides, dislocated landmines, loss of jobs and homes, damages to farms, factories, and schools, and animal carcass and debris removal remain major obstacles to overcome.
In response to an initial ACT\CWS appeal, Week of Compassion made an emergency grant of $30,000 on behalf of North American Disciples and now anticipates a final appeal from the ACT Alliance next week as the long term recovery work begins.
Week of Compassion is grateful for the generous support of Disciples congregations, members and friends that enable us to respond with help and hope wherever and whenever disaster strikes.
Urgent appeal for more CWS School Kits
With the latest shipment of CWS School Kits to our partner IOCC in response to the Syrian refugee crisis, CWS is now down to about 60 cartons of School Kits at the New Windsor Warehouse and 120 cartons at the warehouse in Ferncliff.
We need to replenish these supplies immediately.
CWS School Kits give children in impoverished schools, refugee camps, or other difficult settings some of the basic tools for learning, so it is vitally important that we replenish our supplies as quickly as possible.
++ In the case of Syria, IOCC supports one of the largest established networks to deliver life-saving humanitarian aid inside Syria, where more than 9.3 million people are currently in need of assistance.
++ In November 2013, some 3,000 CWS School Kits were shipped for distribution in Syria.
++ CWS School Kits include some of the basic necessities for learning, including notebooks, pencils and crayons.
++ These kits help children return to normalcy faster, helping them avoid the long-term effects of trauma.
Click here for more information on assembling CWS School Kits.
This Week’s Responses:
Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance
Tanzania, Flood Relief
Illinois, Tornado Relief
Congo-Brazzaville, Refugee Relief
Haiti, Medicine and Safe Motherhood Kits/Earthquake Response
Haiti, Economic Development for Women/Earthquake Response
Haiti, Food Security/Earthquake Response