Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance
"There is room for light."
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.
"That's where we live now."
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.
Taking Shelter on a River Bank
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.
WASH in Vietnam
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.
Four Months On
Ukraine appeal & response update
Today marks 125 days - just more than 4 months - since Russian troops invaded Ukraine, and the destruction, casualties, and horror have not ceased. The Ukrainian people have gathered in force, receiving military aid, and holding out far longer than most global experts anticipated. Meanwhile, the humanitarian crisis has grown, overflowing Ukraine’s borders into the surrounding nations that are welcoming and tending to millions of refugees, even as millions more internally displaced persons remain in country. The repercussions will be felt for years, and while relief supplies and aid have been immediate, the ripple effects and response will be long-lasting.
Where All Creation Flourishes
highlights from the World Council of Churches Central Committee, June 2022
“Joyful to share the work of the church with these Disciples leaders as part of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches.” With one sentence and a photo from the General Minister and President, the whole Disciples church came into the room in Geneva, Switzerland, joining global ecumenical partners for a week-long conversation and discernment about the church’s direction and faithful witness in turbulent times.
stories of refugee & immigrant response
How It All Started
Today we begin a four-part series:
WELCOME: stories of Refugee & Immigrant Response.
Over the next year, we will be in conversation with some California Disciples,
and their ecumenical collaborators, as they welcome an Afghan family into their community,
and offer radical hospitality and welcome to new neighbors in their midst.
We’ll also feature a few short highlights with each story,
showing the ways other Disciples are doing the same work in their own communities.
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