Relief agencies in 'race against time': disaster looms in earthquake region unless help arrives.Funds are still urgently needed to assist hundreds of thousands of survivors of the massive earthquake that hit villages in the border area between India and Pakistan, with relief agencies warning that a "second humanitarian disaster" looms unless help arrives before winter.
Church World Service (CWS), an alliance member of Action by Churches Together (of which the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund--the relief arm of the Anglican Church of Canada--is also a member) is conducting relief operations on the ground and said it is in a "race against time."
The 7.6-magnitude quake last Oct. 8 killed an estimated 80,000 people and left more than three million homeless, said Pakistan's Federal Relief Commission.
The International Committee of the Red Cross
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is a private humanitarian institution based in Geneva, Switzerland. , in a report last Oct. 28, said a steady stream of injured victims continues to arrive at medical facilities. "Infected fractures are the most frequent problem and medics are fighting to save limbs and lives," said the Red Cross.
"The world's failure to come up with immediate funds to assist hundred of thousands of Pakistani quake survivors before winter sets in left relief officials on the ground baffled and upset," the CWS office in Pakistan/Afghanistan said in its report to ACT.
But it added that "a major concern all organizations involved in the relief efforts face is the government's ban on the supply of tents to anyone but the government itself ... as all (those) involved in the relief operations have commitments to the communities and would like to ensure that shelter reaches those who are most in need in the remotest parts of the affected areas."
The Red Cross said that relief operations are carried out largely by helicopters, and weather conditions have been a major concern. Snow, accompanied by fog and mist, is also a problem.
Meanwhile, the Canadian International Development Agency The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is a Canadian government agency which administers foreign aid programs in developing countries. CIDA operates in partnership with other Canadian organizations in the public and private sectors as well as other (CIDA CIDA Canadian International Development Agency
CIDA Council for Interior Design Accreditation (Grand Rapids, MI)
CIDA Centro de Información Documental de Archivos
CiDA Certificate in Digital Applications ) has approved a joint application by PWRDF PWRDF Primate's World Relief and Development Fund and five other church relief agencies for matching funds for the response to the earthquake-stricken areas of Pakistan and India. The application for a matching grant of $750,000 will provide 54,000 earthquake survivors with blankets, winterized tents, clothing and kitchen utensils. PWRDF filed the application along with the United Church of Canada United Church of Canada, Protestant denomination formed in 1925 by the union of the Methodist, Congregational, and Presbyterian churches in Canada. A large number of Presbyterian congregations, however, remain outside the union. , the Mennonite Central Committee The Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is a relief, service, and peace agency representing 15 Mennonite, Brethren in Christ and Amish bodies in North America. The U.S. headquarters are in Akron, Pennsylvania, the Canadian in Winnipeg, Manitoba. , the Presbyterian Church in Canada The Presbyterian Church in Canada is the name of a Protestant Christian church, of presbyterian and reformed theology and polity, serving in Canada under this name since 1875, although the United Church of Canada claimed the right to the name from 1925 to 1939. , the Christian Reformed Church Christian Reformed Church, denomination formed after the secession of a group from the Reformed Church in America in 1857. Colonists from Holland who began settling in Michigan in 1846 generally became members of the Reformed (Dutch) church there. and the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC) is Canada's largest denomination of Pentecostal churches.
The organization includes over 1,200 member congregations throughout Canada, including every province and territory. . CIDA matched funds raised by eligible groups between Oct. 8 and Oct. 26.
PWRDF has reported donations of $146,000 to CIDA as of Nov. 9, said financial manager Jill Martin. "This is largely made up of reports from churches and dioceses," she said, explaining that the figure may change since "the actual cheques are still in transit."
In another development, Canadian Anglicans donated a total of $174,767 as of Nov. 9 to PWRDF for victims of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the U.S. Gulf Coast states in late August. PWRDF has forwarded $84, 930 to Church World Service. Of that amount, $40,000 will go to PWRDF's sister development organization, Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD), run by the Episcopal Church in the United States. Earlier, PWRDF sent an initial grant of $20,000 for relief efforts.
ERD is working in tandem with Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) to help relocate evacuees Resident or transient persons who have been ordered or authorized to move by competent authorities, and whose movement and accommodation are planned, organized and controlled by such authorities. ; it is also providing technical assistance to dioceses that are supporting displaced people through congregations and communities.