The Brethren Disaster Ministries staff have directed two recent grants from the Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) to support continued rebuilding work at a project site in Colorado, and a response by PAG to flooding in Honduras.
An allocation of $45,000 continues a Brethren Disaster Ministries rebuilding project in northeast Colorado following flooding caused by heavy rains in September 2013. Brethren Disaster Ministries set up housing in a host church in Greeley, in Weld County, Colo., in early May 2015 and started repair projects by the middle of May. In August the housing site moved to First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Loveland, which is more centrally located to current job sites.
The Long Term Recovery group (LTRG) in Weld County called Weld Recovers, closed at the end of October, leaving Brethren Disaster Ministries to work almost exclusively in Larimer County. In October, the Larimer County LTRG reported that they have had a total of 550 cases and that they are three-fourths of the way complete, leaving plenty of recovery work to be done in Colorado, said the grant request.
Previous EDF grants to this project were given in April and July, totaling $60,000. Funds underwrite the operational expenses related to volunteer support, including housing, food, and travel expenses incurred on site, as well as volunteer training, tools, and equipment needed for rebuilding and repair.
An allocation of $5,000 supports a Proyecto Aldea Global (PAG) response to severe flooding in Siguatepeque, Honduras. Flooding caused by heavy rains on Oct. 16 destroyed or greatly affected the houses of more than 720 families. PAG has provided direct relief to 156 families, and emotional and spiritual counseling to more than 30 people. The EDF grant supports PAG’s response and the longer term recovery efforts, including the distribution of medications, acquisition of land, and construction of new houses.
For more information about the Emergency Disaster Fund go to www.brethren.org/edf .