Brethren Disaster Ministries
Hurricane Matthew update: (October 14) Hurricane Matthew brought heavy rain, strong winds and flooding to Haiti and along the southeast coast of the US. As the flooding continues in North Carolina, Children's Disaster Services childcare volunteers, who have been on alert since before the storm hit, are ready to go to North Carolina if and when needed. Brethren Disaster Ministries is supporting the immediate relief efforts of Church World Service (CWS) in the flood affected areas.
In Haiti, initial reports indicate that although few homes of members of the Haitian Church of the Brethren (Eglise des Freres Haitiens) were damaged, there has been significant loss of farm animals and crops as well as damage to water systems which bring concerns about hygiene and water safety. These losses have come to areas that have already suffered food shortages and poor crop performance over the past few years as a result of weather conditions. Brethren Disaster Ministries plans to work closely with the Haitian Brethren, the Global Food Initiative (GFI), and the Haiti Medical Project in carrying out a response effort in Haiti. Initial grants are being sought to support efforts of the Haitian church as well as our long-term partner in Haiti, Church World Service. 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.