1998 NCC News Archives
CWS Expands Hurricane Georges Recovery Program in
Ecumenical Recovery Efforts Also Underway in Gulf Coast Region
|Who We Are
CWS works in more than 70 countries, including the United States, in disaster relief, human development and refugee assistance. It is a ministry of the National Council of Churches, the nations preeminent ecumenical organization which includes 34 Protestant and Orthodox member communions with a combined membership of nearly 52 million.
How to Help
CONTACT Church World Service, Attn. Hurricane Georges, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515. Phone pledges or credit card donations: 1-800-762-0968.
|October 9, 1998, NEW YORK -- As continuing
assessments in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Georges are revealing more extensive damage
than was first expected, Church World Service (CWS) is expanding its response to provide
emergency relief shipments and to determine long-term needs in the Caribbean. Meanwhile,
strong faith-based recovery efforts assisted by CWS volunteer disaster consultants are
coalescing around long-term needs in the Gulf Coast and Texas-Mexico border area.
Damage in Puerto Rico alone is now estimated at more than $2 billion, including 45,000 homes destroyed, another 45,000 with severe damage, and considerable crop losses.
"In some areas, power may be out for as long as eight months," reported Shirley Norman, CWS/FEMA Regional Facilitator from Puerto Rico. "Some 17,000 people remain homeless by the storm, and in rural areas, a lack of clean water is leading to an increase in dysentery."
The cornerstone of CWS efforts will be a shipment of material goods to Puerto Rico and Cuba. A shipment valued at more than $100,000 will go to the Puerto Rican Council of Churches and other groups and include sheets; blankets; clean-up, health and school kits; flashlights; backpacks; kerosene lanterns; air mattresses, and portable generators. A shipment valued at more than $70,000 will go to the Cuban Council of Churches, including sheets; blankets; health, sewing and school kits, and canned beef donated by the Church of the Brethren.
To support the appeal, congregations and community groups are being urged to assemble "Gifts of the Heart" clean-up and health kits.
Additional recovery efforts in the region supported by this appeal include:
Meanwhile, faith-based recovery efforts continue in the Gulf Coast region and in the Texas-Mexico border area:
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