News - Christian Aid Donation
On Saturday, August 7th, the Church held a garden party for the fellowship and the local community. In spite of the weather this was well attended and we were able to make a donation to Christian Aid to help with flood relief in Pakistan. Here is their letter of September 15th explaining what use they were making of the donations they'd received.
Thank you so much for your generous donations totalling £140, raised through a church Garden Party for the Pakistan Flood Appeal. The Garden Party sounds like a fantastic way to raise money; please pass on our thanks to those who helped to organise it. Your support will enable Christian Aid’s relief efforts to go further and help those most affected by recent flooding there.
While Pakistan experiences annual monsoon rainfails between June-September, the intensity of this year’s rains have resulted in the worst disaster of its kind in 80 years. An estimated 20 million have been affected with homes and livelihoods destroyed and are now vulnerable to the spread of waterborne diseases.
With your support, Christian Aid ACT Alliance partners Church World Service- Pakistan, Norwegian Church Aid and Diakonie Katastrophenhlife are focusing the effort on nine districts affected by the flooding. Through them we are providing food parcels and basic non-food such as mosquito nets and water cans to 12,000 families, tents and plastic sheets to 3,500 families, hygiene kits to 8,000 families and preventative and curative medical care to 54,000 people through mobile health clinics. Despite major issues of accessibility and further flooding, our partners are committed to ensuring high standards of quality and accountability in their relief efforts.
Christian Aid partner CWS-P/A is already planning to help communities' long term recovery. They hope to provide training in construction trades to enable people rebuild their homes. In order to help restart farming and small business, vouchers and cash grants will be provided for families, and the presence of healthcare units will continue. Another important part of the recovery programme will be helping communities reduce their vulnerability to future disasters.
As well as meeting the immediate needs of survivors, your gift will be vital in helping people who have suddenly lost everything to rebuild their lives. Thank you so much for your generosity that is enabling Christian Aid to support the Pakistani people. With best wishes,