International Disaster

Nov 23, 2007

Food Aid to Cyclone Sidr Survivors Extended

The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee is expanding its response to the devastating cyclone that struck Bangladesh on November 15, 2007, to aid 10,000 families with immediate emergency food packets. Families in Bargerhat, Barguna, and Patuakhali will receive rice, lentils, soybean oil, and salt. Hundreds of the essential packets have already been distributed to cyclone survivors.

Oct 25, 2007 by Christina de Jong

CRWRC Responds to Uganda Floods

CRWRC is responding to provide relief to the people of Teso in Uganda—a people already tragically familiar with devastation and disaster. The recent floods now threaten to thrust their most vulnerable into a desperate situation.

Sep 10, 2007 by Kristen deRoo VanderBerg

Felix Hurts Farmers, CRWRC Responds

In early September, farmers in the villages near Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua usually expect to be busy harvesting their rice crop.  This year, however, their efforts were interrupted when Hurricane Felix tore through the area on September 4 with winds of over 250 kph and nearly 30 cm of rain. In the face of ruined crops, damaged homes, and an uncertain future, these farmers are looking to others for assistance. CRWRC is responding with much needed food, water, and housing supplies.

Aug 16, 2007

CRWRC's Darfur Response Receives $1.4 Million Boost

The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) will ramp up relief for war-torn Darfur, thanks to a $1.4 million nod of continued confidence from the United States government. CRWRC, along with five other relief organizations that work together in Darfur as Global Relief Alliance (GRA), received word of the funding from the United States Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) on August 11, 2007. 

Aug 8, 2007 by Kristen deRoo VanderBerg

Food for Pakistan Flood Survivors Will Soon Be On Its Way

CRWRC is responding to the United Nations’ call to help feed 1.5 million Pakistanis who were left homeless, hungry and without clean water after Cyclone Yemyin. Plans are also underway to respond to on-going flooding in India, and Bangladesh where millions more have been affected. “Pakistan is getting inundated with rains on top of Cyclone Yemyin that hit the coast June 23 and 24th,” said CRWRC Relief Program Manager, Grace Wiebe. These dangerous rains have broken dams, flooded cities, destroyed houses and crops, and displaced families.

Jul 10, 2007 by Kristen deRoo VanderBerg

Food, Seed, and Tools to Reach 20,000 People in Chad

“Currently, the food security situation in is alarming,” reported , Merry Fitzpatrick, World Concern’s Interim Country Director in  earlier this year.  “We can expect the malnutrition rate to increase quickly at the start of the rainy season (June) if no improvement in assistance is given.” Fitzpatrick was referring to the findings of a February 2007 assessment of the needs in the African country of Chad.  Those predictions have come true, and CRWRC is responding to the crisis with food, seeds, and tools.

Jul 5, 2007

136 Indonesian Families Move Into New Homes

Two and a half years plus a day after the tsunami swept over south East Asia, another 136 Indonesians families have new homes, thanks in part to the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC).

Jun 20, 2007 by Kristen deRoo VanderBerg

4,000 Families Receive Food

The area near Mt. Elgon in Western Kenya is considered to be the “grain belt of Kenya.”  This land at 7,000 ft altitude is very fertile and receives plenty of rainfall each year.  As a result, many farmers make a living in the area.  Given the rich soil and great growing potential, it is hard to believe that some people are going hungry, but that is exactly the situation for hundreds of families in the region.