Hurricane Dorian

September 1, 2019

(CNN) Hurricane Dorian battered the Bahamas with 185-mph winds. The storm -- the strongest anywhere on the planet this year -- made landfall Sunday afternoon on the southern end of the Bahamas' Elbow Cay, which runs along the east coast of Great Abaco. It was the first time a Category 5 storm has hit the Bahamas since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.


The storm destroyed homes and blew away roofs in the Abaco Islands, local authorities said. Residents on Great Abaco showed wind bending trees and heavy rain washing out the horizon as thigh-high water flooded an apartment complex.


"We are facing a hurricane that we have never seen in The Bahamas," Prime Minister Hubert Minnis wrote on Twitter. "Please pray for us."


Please pray and give now to help our the people of the Bahamas.  

 

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Nepal Flooding

The death toll in South Asia continues to rise after flooding and landslides ravaged the border region of India and Nepal, leaving tens of thousands displaced and millions affected.

 

More than 100 people have died in India and Nepal since monsoon flooding began. Nepal appears the worst hit so far, with at least 83 people dead, officials said. 


Flash floods have also ripped through Pakistan and Bangladesh, which border India on the west and east, respectively. 28 have died in Pakistan, and 16 in Bangladesh have died from lightning strikes, according to authorities from each country. More than 6.7 million people in India have been directly affected by the floods, according to official statements -- about 2.5 million in Bihar and 4.2 million in Assam.


Over a million hectares of cropland (2,471,054 acres) has been submerged, roads and homes have been damaged, livestock has been swept away and killed, and entire wildlife sanctuaries have been cut off. Federal and state agencies are working around the clock across all four affected countries to evacuate those in high-risk areas. More than 42,000 security personnel in Nepal have been mobilized for rescue and relief efforts -- including the police, army, and paramilitary forces.


Compassion Services International is asking for your help to provide housing and crucial supplies for families who have been displaced. Over 116,000 in Bihar and 83,000 in Assam have been evacuated to temporary shelters, and state agencies are distributing rice, biscuits, baby food, and candles to hundreds of relief centers. More than 17,000 people in Nepal have been evacuated to relief camps, said the country's home ministry.


The Mercy Nepal Orphanage has sustained significant water damage. The home is a masonry construction, and had water coming in through the home. The children's study area was a "pool" of water. The area around the home is flooded and repairs will need to be made. All drinking water must be purchased, and though the home does have running water now, it's uses are very limited. (News from CNN News and local UPC Representative)

   

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Paraguay Flooding

The region of Paraguay has fallen victim to disastrous flooding.  It is estimated that 70,000 citizens total have been displaced due to the inundation of water.  Regional Director Schwartz declares that the flooding in Paraguay is some of the worst ever affecting the area.  The people are in drastic need of help.


Rising floodwaters have once again prompted more than 40,000 people to evacuate their homes in Paraguay. (Previously, in 2010, seasonal rain inundated the country repeatedly.) Rural areas have been particularly impacted: In many cases, road access has been washed away, limiting the movement of aid into those areas.

 

Paraguay’s capital, Asunción, wasn’t spared by the rains. More than 11,000 people in the city have been forced to evacuate. The country’s main waterway, the Paraguay River, flooded for the first time in nearly 50 years.


In response to the recent flooding, CSi is continuing communication with the our Regional Director Schwartz on how to best aid the emergency response efforts in this country. Your money will be used to purchase medical supplies, medicines, and emergency support items.

 

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Mozambique, Uganda, Burkina Faso

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Mazambique

More than 1.7 million people were identified as in crisis between September and December 2018 across 11 provinces. As a result of Cyclone Idai in March and Cyclone Kenneth in April, an estimated 1.85 million are still in need of aid.


Uganda

The arid Karamoja region – bordering Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, and Ethiopia – has been hit by a second failed rainy season. Numbers in need are not yet known, but staple food prices are expected to remain high through to September, well above the five-year average. Lack of rain has dried up all of the wells and the rivers. Crops have long been destroyed. Animals have either died from lack of pasture or have been eaten for food to survive. Representative Phil Tolstad describes it as the worst he has ever seen.


Burkina Faso

The prospects are troubling, as the country faces recurrent climate shocks, stagnating agricultural yields, poor access to markets and inputs, and widespread soil erosion. Burkina Faso is a nation in distress. Violence and terrorism are disrupting people’s livelihood. Daily struggles are now even more common, especially for children. Sickness, hunger and disease are growing problems. 

 

To help Mozambique, Uganda, and Burkina Faso in this time of crisis, you can give a gift that will make an immediate impact and change lives. The "Feeding Our Family" initiative helps with humanitarian aid in these areas of severe starvation and lack of resources. 


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Dire Hunger Crisis

Dr. Camra Faulkner    

A missed meal. Sometimes just a delayed meal. That is how many of us experience "hunger." But for millions across the globe, hunger has a very different reality. The definition of world hunger encompasses malnutrition and under-nutrition. There are approximately 7.6 billion people in the world today. One out of every nine individuals is undernourished, which adds up to over 800 million people. Beyond the suffering of empty stomachs, malnutrition and under-nutrition lead to increased susceptibility to disease, difficulty fighting off illness, stunting of growth, and cognitive delay.


However, the risk of quoting statistics such as these is two-fold. First is that we will forget that the numbers represent actual human lives. Second is that we will be overwhelmed with the daunting enormity of the need and give up before we begin.


Instead, we must ask ourselves: What should I do, and what can I do? The question of responsibility is easily answered. "But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?" (1 John 3: 17). We are all part of a family – the family of humanity and an Apostolic church family.


The question of opportunity and ability requires we look for a place to start where real needs can be met. With the Feeding Our Family campaign, Compassion Services International is currently focusing on two areas: Uganda and the Western Sahel region of Africa. Our humanitarian representatives in both of these countries have reached out to make CSi and its donors aware of the tenuous situations in their respective locations. They are looking at real hunger in the faces of their friends, neighbors, and church constituents – our family.


Northern Uganda is currently in the third year of a drought and famine. Per UPCI Missionary Phil Tolstad, the food shortage is complicated by the presence of approximately one million South Sudanese refugees in that part of Uganda – one humanitarian crisis compounding another humanitarian crisis. The United Nations has been unable to deliver supplies to refugees directly, so instead they provide money for the purchase of food. This in turn drives the cost of food supplies higher.


CSi has already sent funding, but more is needed. With this support,     food was purchased in another region of Uganda and transport it to the North. However, two pastors' wives in Uganda have recently passed away from secondary causes related to their lack of nutrition. All of these church members in Uganda are our family.


There are many parallels between the situation in Uganda and the Western Sahel region of Africa---civil unrest, religious opposition, unfortunate weather, large numbers of refugees. In such places, when the crop yield is low (as it has been for several consecutive years), there is little to no reserve or buffer. According to local news sources, after an irregular rainy season, almost one million people in the Western Sahel alone are facing food shortages. Acute malnutrition affects at least one person in ten. At the same time, terrorism has also increased, adding safety insecurity to the food insecurity.


CSi is supporting funding in the Western Sahel region for food supplies, specifically grain, during this difficult time. Our humanitarian representative there has a system of distribution to reach the largest needs within a village. With careful planning, approximately $25 can feed a family for an entire month. However, this amount of grain provides only sustenance. They are surviving, but our work is not done. These villagers are our family.


“The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That is the essence of inhumanity" (George Bernard Shaw). Compassion Services International's Feeding Our Family Campaign is an opportunity to answer that question "What can I do?" Uganda, the Western Sahel region and other famine-affected areas of the world are in need. Donate today in the Feeding our Family Initiative