Posts Categorized: Disaster Response Updates

Paying It Forward

In 2020, a deadly tornado hit Seneca, South Carolina. Two-and-a-half years later, a group from First Presbyterian Church of Seneca is paying it forward. Last week, a work team gathered at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center, where PDA and Church World Service support their Disaster Assistance Center, to help process Gift of the Heart kits…. Read more »

COVID-19 Response In Palestine

PDA has long-standing partnerships in Palestine. Below is an excerpt from a note from our partner, IDCO. For several years, both PDA and the Presbyterian Hunger Program, another recipient of the One Great Hour of Sharing offering, has worked with IDCO to respond to critical needs, especially in Gaza. The video above demonstrates how your… Read more »

Disaster Strikes Beirut

This entry was shared with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance by our partner, the Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees (DSPR). It is written by Sylvia Haddad, Executive Director of DSPR. On August 4, 2020 at 7pm local time, all buildings in Beirut felt the earth shake beneath them. As I live on the 10th floor of… Read more »

PDA’s Response to COVID-19: a pastoral letter

Dearly Beloveds When did we see you? In company with the whole church—its congregations, pastors and chaplains, mid councils, and national staff, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) has entered this strange new world of pandemic, beginning our response to COVID-19 with a solidarity grant to our ACT Alliance partner in China in February, to support their… Read more »

Puerto Rico Update

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) has been in constant communication with our Presbyterian Leadership in Puerto Rico since January 6th, 2020. Two PDA staff members were on the island when the most powerful earthquake from the earthquake swarm (6.4) struck on Tuesday January 7th. The situation in Puerto Rico, especially in the south of the island,… Read more »

A Complex Crisis: My Experience Interviewing Anglophone Internally Displaced Persons in Cameroon

This blog post was written by Savannah Smith, Intern at RELUFA, PDA’s partner in Cameroon. She is also a Vassar College Graduate and Fulbright Scholarship Beneficiary.   On Monday, November 11th, I had the chance to join RELUFA’s team with programming to provide temporary relief to Anglophone Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and host families in Yaoundé,… Read more »

Stories of Light in the Midst of the Darkness

The past few months have seen intense focus on the United States/Mexico border as the latest so-called migrant caravan approached, with some predicting mass riots and chaos that seemed in direct contrast to the thousands of people peacefully awaiting their chance to present for asylum. This past weekend, however, the growing desperation and frustration of… Read more »

Puerto Rico Update: May 2018

A summary of our response in Puerto Rico thus far: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has disbursed grants totaling over $1.5 million in Puerto Rico 8 emergency grants to all three presbyteries and the synod  church damage grants to help with repairs of churches conducted a PDA leadership solidarity visit in November to churches in the three… Read more »