Staff of Brethren Disaster Ministries and Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) are monitoring the situation at the southern border of the United States as numbers of migrants increase, in particular the conditions for families with children and unaccompanied minors.
CDS staff have been in conversation with partners about sites where volunteer childcare teams may be able to provide support for migrant children, either at the southern border or at other sites around the US where migrant children are being sent.
Brethren Disaster Ministries has been participating in meetings of Church World Service (CWS) with other faith-based humanitarian organizations to assess the possibilities of involvement with relief efforts at the border.
CWS is working on a new disaster relief kit to aid refugee minors, reported Roy Winter, executive director of Service Ministries for the Church of the Brethren. The kit will take the form of a backpack filled with the kinds of supplies needed by minor children and youth migrants who are in US custody. The Church of the Brethren Material Resources program may become involved in processing the backpack kits. More information about kit contents and how churches may help put together the backpack kits will be available soon.
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