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Presbyterian Disaster Assistance 2010 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 2010.
Thank you for sharing your financial blessings. Your financial gifts of love supported the work of PDA around the world.
- Approximately $10.1 million helped meet immediate and long-term recovery needs in 30 middle governing bodies in 22 states and the District of Columbia, and in 21 countries.
- Your gifts continue to minister to families still displaced by the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Families received food, drinking water, and medical care in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake. PDA recognizes the needs will continue over the next several years and ongoing efforts include providing housing, rebuilding Haiti’s health care, restoring food security and livelihoods, and offering school and recreational activities for children and youth.
- Ongoing food security programs through Foods Resource Bank supported the livelihoods of more than 112,000 vulnerable people in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Malawi.
- 30 middle governing bodies (presbyteries and synods) were affected by disasters last year; 26 members of the PDA National Response Team were sent into the field to respond in many of those locations. Team members also conducted disaster preparedness trainings for middle governing bodies in five synods, helping the community of faith build their capacity to respond to disasters in their area within the United States should the need arise.
Thank you for your gifts of time and talent in walking with disaster survivors and encouraging them on their journey to recovery.
- Approximately 6,500 volunteers served on disaster recovery short-term mission trips in 2010, helping to clean up and rebuild more than 512 homes in communities recovering from flooding in Georgia, Iowa, Tennessee, and West Virginia; Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Louisiana; Hurricane Ike in Texas; and disasters in Florida and other locations around the United States. These volunteers worked more than 236,000 hours, which carries a price tag in excess of $4.8 million in volunteer labor.
- 37 Presbyterian congregations were involved in the ministry of helping refugees and asylum seekers resettle in the United States and 18 immigration offices were supported in their work with underserved populations and asylum-seekers in detention.
- Many assembled and packed Gift of the Heart Kits to offer hygiene, baby care, school or cleanup supplies. During 2010, some 280,000 CWS Kits were sent to partner agencies in the U.S. and around the world.
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.