Brethren Disaster Ministries
Hurricane Matthew update: Hurricane Matthew brought heavy rain, strong winds and flooding to Haiti and along the southeast coast of the U.S.in early October 2016. Children's Disaster Services volunteers remained on alert for several weeks and were ultimately called to provide childcare in shelters in the Fayetteville, N.C. area. Brethren Disaster Ministries is supporting the immediate relief efforts of Church World Service (CWS) in the flood affected areas.
In Haiti, the Haitian Church of the Brethren (HCoB, Eglise des Freres Haitiens) reported that the storm brought significant loss of farm animals and crops as well as damage to water systems, bringing concerns about hygiene and water safety. These losses affected areas that had already suffered through several years of food shortages and poor crop performance due to weather conditions. BDM is working closely with HCoB, the Global Food Initiative (GFI), and the Haiti Medical Project in carrying out a coordinated response effort in Haiti. An initial grant allowed the Haitian Brethren to quickly respond to immediate needs with distributions of food and household supplies. BDM is also supporting the CWS response in Haiti. The long-term goals for both the BDM and CWS programs focus on restoring farmland, replacing farm animals and providing seeds for replanting crops. Read more.
Support the Hurricane Matthew response in the Caribbean and US by giving to the Emergency Disaster Fund or by check to Emergency Disaster Fund, 1451 Dundee Ave., Elgin IL 60120.