When you give to our World of Good Emergency Fund, your love quickly reaches neighbors wherever need arises. For the communities surrounding Mount Nyiragongo, that meant that even as the threat of more eruptions loomed, you were already providing shelter at health facilities, emergency food, water and other essentials.
Our colleagues and their families, thankfully, are safe. As lava flowed down from Nyiragongo’s 11,000-foot peak towards Goma’s 2 million residents, our team on the ground was able to respond immediately, working with local authorities to bring resources where they were needed most. Your support shifted medicines and supplies to critical points of need, a caring hand in response to the many coughs and widespread thirst as ash filled the air.
People are starting to return to Goma. As families make their way back, health officials are particularly concerned about the increased needs for acute and chronic care for a population that have largely been on the move without shelter, adequate nutrition and hygiene...who will return to conditions of inadequate resources and the inability to rebuild for months.