WE RESPONDED TO EMERGENCIES WITH GOD'S LOVE
When an earthquake, flood or other natural disaster strikes, we extend God’s love by supporting the relief and recovery efforts of our partners on the ground.
Gifts given to our "Greatest Need" fund are particularly important to this strategy because they provide us with the flexibility to direct aid toward unexpected emergencies. With that flexibility, we can immediately ship urgently needed food, water and medicine to disaster survivors. Of course, a swift response from faithful donors to our emergency appeals is also critical. That gives us the extra boost we need to counter wide-scale suffering and effectively equip our ministry partners.
Access to preassembled emergency health kits has allowed us to have a rapid and effective impact when a crisis occurs. For example, in 2015 we helped fund the purchase and transportation of emergency health kits in response to the Nepal earthquake. Our $15,000 grant covered one third of the cost of the three kits, each of which included essential medicines, medical supplies and low-tech medical devices for the treatment of 10,000 people for 90 days.
These kits were received in Nepal by International Medical Corps teams serving the most remote and hardest hit villages. These teams supported more than 3,800 health consultations; provided surgical capacity and postoperative care at two hospitals; reached nearly 2,500 men, women and children with hygiene education; and constructed 59 hand-washing stations to prevent the spread of disease.
Although we become involved in the early response phase of disasters, the focus of Cross International’s disaster response strategy remains long-term recovery. After other relief agencies have moved on to the next popular cause, we commit to standing by local ministry partners to rebuild homes for displaced families, repair damages to critical facilities and restore the livelihoods of working men and women who have lost everything.