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Presbyterian Disaster Assistance 2011 At a Glance
Your support of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) enables us to witness the healing love of Christ to families affected by disasters. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance would like to thank the many congregations, individuals and volunteers who chose to be part of disaster recovery ministry in 2011.
Thank you for sharing your financial blessings. Your financial gifts of love supported the work of PDA around the world. Approximately $8.1 million helped meet immediate and long-term recovery needs in 67 middle governing bodies in 36 states, and in 16 countries.
- Nationally, your generous giving enabled a significant response to the devastating tornadoes in Alabama and Joplin, Missouri, wildfires in Arizona and Texas, and the extensive flooding from Hurricanes Irene and Lee in the Northeastern United States.
- 69 visits by members of the PDA National Response Team (NRT) were made to 43 mid-councils (presbyteries and synods) affected by disasters. NRT members helped the mid-councils as they responded to natural and human-caused disasters within their communities, including the tragic shooting in Tucson, Arizona.
- NRT members also conducted fifteen trainings sessions in disaster preparedness, emotional and spiritual care, chaplaincy, first response, and compassion fatigue for mid-councils and PC(USA) congregations to build the ability of the mid-councils to respond to disasters in their area within the United States should the need arise.
- Internationally, your gifts enabled a response to the devastating earthquake and nuclear crisis in Japan, typhoons in the Philippines, and famine and drought in the Horn of Africa.
- Your gifts continue to minister to families still displaced by the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti. In 2011, PDA had an intentional focus of helping families through providing housing, rebuilding Haiti’s health care, restoring food security and livelihoods, and particularly helping people who became disabled due to the earthquake.
- Ongoing food security programs through Foods Resource Bank supported the livelihoods of more than 12,200 families in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Malawi.
Thank you for your gifts of time and talent in walking with disaster survivors and encouraging them on their journey to recovery.
- In 2011, at least 6,950 volunteers stayed at Presbyterian Volunteer Villages serving on disaster recovery short-term mission trips. These volunteers contributed 237,111 hours of labor.
- Many individuals and groups assembled and packed Gift of the Heart Kits. A total of 250,120 Gift of the Heart Kits were distributed in 12 countries internationally and 24 of the United States.
We celebrate the many ways Presbyterians are bearing the hope of Christ to those recovering from disasters, and we are thankful for the great involvement of so many servants in the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance ministry.
PDA 2011 Expenditures