Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance
This summer marked one year since devastating flooding in Pakistan, which saw 33 million people flood-affected, 6.4 million in need of humanitarian assistance, and 1.8 million houses damaged or destroyed.
Disciples responded through Week of Compassion and ecumenical partner Community World Service Asia. (You can find that story here.) CWSA Regional Director Marvin Parvez sent a video greeting with an update, and gratitude for the work Disciples do to alleviate suffering throughout the world.
After more than a year, Ukrainian refugees continue to find their way in neighboring Romania.
Almost 3.5 million Ukrainian refugees, mostly women and children, entered Romania in the first year following the Russian invasion in February 2022. Many of those moved through Romania en route to other countries, but many thousand have remained, with the assistance of family, government, and humanitarian agencies.
AIDRom - a Week of Compassion partner through ACT Alliance - recently shared a conversation with Marina, a mother of two and refugee in Romania since the beginning of the war.
championing emergency health assistance
Driving through Yemen’s desert under a blazing sun, Dr. Muhammad thinks about whether he’s brought all the right supplies to treat his patients: antibiotics, anti-diarrheals, medicine for high blood pressure.
He’s going where other groups can’t reach: a camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). In a country crushed by civil war and poverty, “Health is a dire need,” says Dr. Muhammad.
The people in the camps have next to nothing. “Food is not available all the time,” says Amal Mohammed, who coordinates health services at the camps. “There are a lot of infectious diseases and bad hygiene at IDP sites. They are living in a desert.”
With support from Week of Compassion, global partner IMA World Health has established a mobile health clinic project in Yemen ...
back-to-school and winterization efforts in Ukraine
While the world watches intently for any small victory of reclaimed land and systems in Ukraine, the region is well into winter weather now, and concerns mount for those who have fled homes, tried to return home, or are making a new home elsewhere. From winterization and school restoration projects to specialized support for refugees with disabilities, Week of Compassion has come alongside longtime ecumenical partners, on behalf of the whole Disciples church, to respond to multiple needs across the region and in communities that are especially vulnerable and underserved.
Week of Compassion continues to respond to the Pakistan Floods
Since June, a torrential monsoon season has devastated Pakistan, bringing the worst flooding in modern history, and leaving almost incomprehensible damage across most of the country:
Week of Compassion is responding through local ecumenical partners and will continue to do so for the long-term. With such massive impact and devastation, an expansive and evolving response will be needed for years to come. The data only show one snapshot of the circumstance; the true impact on homes, livelihoods, and emotions is seen in the people themselves.
an update on Pakistan floods and response
Since mid-June, 30 million people in Pakistan (about 15% of the total population) have been directly affected by the monsoon rains and flooding. The country has received three times the annual rainfall compared to the last 30 years, and some villages as much as five times more. The current floods are forcing comparisons to 2010, Pakistan’s worst recorded flood, which brought more than 2000 casualties and one-fifth of the nation was underwater.
how water, sanitation, and hygiene are changing lives
In much of the country, and for many people, Vietnam is a prosperous and increasingly developing nation. At the same time, many Vietnamese - particularly ethnic minority communities - live in poverty, vulnerable to violence, disease, and kept from the fulfillment and thriving their neighbors enjoy. Recently, Executive Director Vy Nguyen joined colleagues from Week of Compassion’s partner Church World Service (CWS) for a program monitoring and evaluation visit with project leaders and sites in northern Vietnam.
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