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Zulaiha's home crumbled in the magnitude 6.5 earthquake that struck the island of Sumatra in Indonesia on July 2. She now lives in this makeshift home with five of her family members.
By Nikki Massie
Zulaiha, pictured, is 60 years old. She recently lost her home as a result of the magnitude 6.5 earthquake that struck the island of Sumatra in Indonesia on July 2. While this and other emergencies may not be on the front page of the newspaper, your generous support is reaching her.
Read on to find out how we’re responding to this and other disasters, with the help of people like you.
When a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Indonesia’s island of Sumatra on July 2, it destroyed more than 20,000 buildings, killed 42 people and left more than 50,000 people displaced.
In the days after the earthquake LWR dispatched staff to the most heavily affected areas to determine needs. Then, we worked with partners to distribute blankets, which will keep displaced families warm at night, and communal tents that will provide space for gatherings, like worship and study.
In mid-June, an early start to the monsoon rains in northern India resulted in flooding in Uttarakhand State, forcing approximately 100,000 people to evacuate. The floods killed more than 1,000 people and affected an estimated 1.25 million people, according to reports from the United Nations.
LWR is supporting the work of local partners Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA) and Lutheran World Service India Trust (LWSIT) through the ACT Alliance, a coalition of more than 130 churches and affiliated humanitarian organizations working together in 140 countries. Together, we’re providing food, such as rice, lentils and cooking oil as well as household items, such as blankets, utensils and clothing.
Conflict that has plagued the Rakhine State for many years intensified in July and October of 2012. This fighting has displaced at least 139,000 people as of April 2013. Of those, 111,000 live in government camps while the rest are live in tents close to their original homes. The living conditions for these displaced families are already poor, and they are especially vulnerable during monsoon season.
LWR is supporting displaced families through the work of ACT Alliance partner Lutheran World Federation (LWF). LWF is working in Myanmar (Burma) to provide basic household items, ensure safety and provide children with safe spaces to attend school.
Conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo between the government and a rebel group have caused tens of thousands to seek refuge in various camps in the western part of Uganda. Refugees often flee with little or none of their belongings, making caring for their families difficult.
LWR is also responding to this emergency through ACT Alliance partner LWF to reach refugees with water and sanitation facilities as well as basic cooking equipment like pots and pans.
Thank you for reaching out as Christ’s hands in the world through LWR. Your gifts allow us to continue to respond to emergencies as they arise while working side-by-side with communities toward long-term, sustainable solutions to poverty.
Nikki Massie is LWR’s Staff Writer.