Your support in action in Haiti

Haiti after Hurricane Matthew

Photo: Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe/Thomas Lohnes

On October 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti causing major loss of life, widespread damage, flooding and displacement across the island. The hurricane, which was the strongest the country had seen in almost a decade, caused significant damage to agricultural land, livestock and infrastructure including bridges, roads, hospitals, schools, churches and housing as well as water and sanitation infrastructures.

More than 1.4 million people are reported to require humanitarian assistance in the short to medium term, nearly half of which are children. Shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene, and nutrition were identified as the primary humanitarian needs following the hurricane.

Haiti after Hurricane Matthew

Photo: Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe/Thomas Lohnes

Thanks to your compassion and generosity, our partners were able to meet some of the needs of those affected by the hurricane. Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has provided food, shelter and hygiene kits to more than 1000 families since October 8, 2016.

LWF has been present in Haiti since 1995, helping the people rebuild their houses and livelihoods after the devastating 2010 earthquake. In a joint office with Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe and together with other ACT Alliance partners, LWF coordinates relief efforts in the south and southeast.

Thank you for supporting the people of Haiti as they rebuild their lives following the hurricane!

With files from ACT Alliance and 
Lutheran World Federation

Our hearts ache for our Alberta neighbours

When God lays the needs of people facing natural disaster and dislocation on the hearts of Canadian Lutherans, the response is immediate and full of compassion and generosity. The moment word of the destructive potential of the Fort McMurray Wildfire hit the news, Canadian Lutheran World Relief was flooded with support to provide relief.

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More support needed for refugees in Uganda

Six weeks after an outbreak of violence in South Sudan forced tens of thousands to flee, the situation of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda is still critical. More than 70,000 have fled to Adjumani, Northern Uganda, where The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) together with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Dan Church Aid (DCA) is responding to the ongoing influx from the neighbouring country. Most recently, a cholera outbreak has threatened especially children in a newly installed settlement.

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Perfect timing in Uganda

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Clean water, good hygiene and sanitation are keys to stopping the spread of cholera. Photo: LWF/Thomas Ekelund

When The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) and Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) announced on August 12 that it was sending $30,000 to support relief efforts for South Sudanese refugees in Uganda, we had no idea how timely the grant would be. On August 16, PWRDF and Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) received an email from Jesse Kamstra, the Lutheran World Federation’s country representative for Uganda and Burundi, thanking us for the relief funds we had sent.

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Responding to the South Sudan refugee crisis

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Some 30,000 refugees fled South Sudan after a short but lethal outbreak of conflict, mainly in the capital, Juba, in July 2016. Thousands are crammed into this reception centre at Elegu, in northern Uganda. Photo: Samuel Okiror/IRIN  www.irinnews.org

A message from Robert Granke, CLWR’s Executive Director

On July 8, 2016 fighting erupted in Juba, South Sudan, between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the SPLA-In Opposition. Over the course of four days, hundreds of people were killed, and tens of thousands were displaced. Approximately 40,000 people initially fled to churches, schools, and UN and NGO bases seeking protection. In the absence of food and other services, some of the displaced returned home while others moved towards the Ugandan border. Between July 7 and July 25, an estimated 37,491 South Sudanese refugees crossed into Uganda where CLWR partner’s Lutheran World Federation-Uganda (LWF-Uganda) has mobilized rapid crisis support at refugee reception centres.

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Opening ourselves to what God is doing next

If you are a pastor or congregational leader and have been concerned that if your congregation became involved in receiving a refugee family that all the work would fall on you, then I invite you to read this ecellent article from Pastor Carol Janke of Messiah Lutheran Church.

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Iraq crisis: donate to support families displaced by violence

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We’re thankful that many Canadian Lutherans have worked with us to respond to the urgent needs of families displaced by violence in Iraq. We hope that you will continue partner with us in the effort!

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We’ve started a new, one-year project to make clean water more available to displaced people and host community members alike.

This support is crucial. Many communities are struggling to support the people who’ve moved into their areas because of the violence. In particular, water resources that weren’t meeting residents’ needs to begin with have become even more overworked. The upgrades we’ll make to public water systems will make a difference. For example, homes will have better access to the main water lines.

The project will also provide mental health services to people affected by violence.

“The trauma of violence and displacement puts terrible stress on families, and the communities who host them struggle to meet everyone’s needs,” says Robert Granke, CLWR’s executive director. “We will support workshops that will promote healthy ways to cope with trauma, addressing the conflict within families and communities that can happen when large numbers of people are forced from their homes.”

We are grateful for up to $1.3 million in support from the Canadian government for this work, but we still need your support. We’ve committed to raising another $100,000 to reach as many vulnerable people as possible.

Please choose to support the health needs of displaced families today.

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Donations to support emergency relief in the Iraq crisis may be made in the following ways:

  1. Online at clwr.org/donate or by clicking here.
  1. By making a designated offering donation through any Lutheran congregation.
  1. By calling CLWR at 1.800.661.2597 (locally at 204.694.5602) to donate by credit card.
  1. By sending a cheque made payable to CLWR and mailed to CLWR, 600-177 Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0W5. Please indicate that you wish to contribute to the “Iraq emergency.”