A World in Crisis

Last year, your generous donations to the Canadian Disaster and Famine Relief Offering allowed ADRA to provide emergency relief to those affected by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, Cyclone Fani, in India, flooding in Somalia, Kenya, Niger and Thailand, earthquakes in Albania and the Philippines, locust swarms in eastern Africa and other disasters. You have fed the hungry, given water to the thirsty, shelter to the homeless, and comfort to the discouraged.

Your compassion will be needed even more this year as disasters are increasing.

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COVID-19

The needs are going to be great as ADRA pivots to meet the needs of people during the COVID-19 worldwide crisis. ADRA will be starting by assisting the needs of people right here in Canada through the financial support of food banks.

The support from ADRA Canada will keep the Parker Street Foodbank operational and on the frontlines of the response to the pandemic. Cynthia, the Promotions and Donor Relations Director has worked at Parker Street Foodbank for 11 years.

“Most people don’t think that Foodbanks are on the front line but we are because we are supplying a need. With kids being home they are eating more than if they were in school and for most working class families, this is creating a gap that their budgets can’t fill. Food banks including Parker Street are able to fill that gap because of support from our supporters and organizations like ADRA.

I heard one of our clients say, ‘people coming to the foodbank are not just coming for themselves, they are coming to fight for the survival of their families.’ For some people going to a food bank is a knock on their pride but they swallow their pride to keep their families fed. A food bank is vital to any society because it gives the vulnerable in society a fighting chance.”

Kenya

Large swarms of desert locusts have been devastating pasture, crops, and fodder fields in eastern Africa for the last two months. Farmers and herders in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Uganda have been forced to stand by helplessly as locusts have stripped their fields of everything green.

Living in rural Kenya, Mwikali is one of these farmers. Like many residents in Kenya, Mwikali relies heavily on her 10-acre farm to provide for her family.

“There were so many that they looked like a dark cloud in the sky! They quickly descended on our farm. We went into deep shock! We have been farmers here our entire lives. In my 57 years, I have never seen anything like it!”

ADRA is responding to this disaster by providing families with cash transfers to help them purchase food.

Australia

“We weren’t going to evacuate originally. But when the warning came through that they couldn’t guarantee Eden could be saved, we thought that was too scary for us to deal with.”

Australian families were devastated by last year’s deadly bushfires.

ADRA, in partnership with local church volunteers, provided food, water, hygiene packs, cleaning materials, steel posts, wire, insulators, and generators to various communities.

When people are supported before, during, and after a disaster, they are more likely to survive and recover.

Bahamas

In September 2019, Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas.

Grand Bahama’s fresh water supply was contaminated by seawater when a 20-foot storm surge flooded large parts of the island. Even now, the water is still unsafe to drink.

ADRA, in partnership with Water Mission, has been providing free, safe, clean water to 20 schools and their surrounding communities. The water company has allowed us to draw the now salty water from their wells, which is then run through a triple reverse osmosis system capable of processing up to 12,000 gallons of water per day. The water company is tapping into a water table that wasn’t contaminated and expects that their system will be back to normal in a few months. Until then, ADRA and Water Mission will continue to ensure that people are able to get the water that they need.

Philippines

On January 12th, the Taal volcano in the Philippines erupted, spewing ash up to nine miles in the air. Over 50,000 people had to evacuate the nearby areas.  Homes, farms, and businesses were damaged by a thick layer of heavy ash.

Nadelia was working as a housekeeper at a home near the volcano when it began to erupt.

“I wasn’t able to sleep that night. The ashes and rocks from the volcano were hitting the roof and the ground kept shaking… I just prayed the whole night for the roof to hold up and for us to be saved.”

In the weeks that followed, ADRA provided bedding kits to 1,192 of the families located in the evacuation centres, as well as cash assistance of P1,500 to 2,250 families so that they could meet their immediate needs. Additionally, thousands of face masks were distributed to those in the area.

Your support of our emergency relief fund enables us to quickly help families like Nadelia’s during times of crisis.

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