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When catastrophic disaster strikes, we join forces with our fellow Presbyterian churches and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) to provide financial resources that can quickly address urgent needs. Through our One Great Hour of Sharing offering and our prayers, we support people in need throughout the world.
When catastrophic disaster strikes, we join forces with our fellow Presbyterian churches and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) to provide financial resources that can quickly address urgent needs. Through our One Great Hour of Sharing offering and our prayers, we support people in need throughout the world. See their web site for the most up to date news: http://gamc.pcusa.org/ministries/pda You may also click here to sign up for PDA’s rapid information network email.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is responding to communities and families affected by Typhoon Washi (also referred to as Typhoon Sendong) that struck the southern Philippines over December 15-18. Washi caught thousands of people unaware as the course of the storm followed a more southerly trajectory than most tropical storms and typhoons in the Philippines.
PDA has been working in partnership to support those in South Sudan who were displaced during years of war, those suffering the effects of ongoing violence, and those who have been returning home to seek peace. In light of the current situation, PDA is in contact with our partners from Presbyterian Relief and Development Agency (PRDA), who are safe and eager to continue their ongoing projects supporting and strengthening communities exposed to conflict in South Sudan.
PDA quickly responded to the human suffering caused by the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Japan and the ensuing tsunamis across the Pacific Rim in March of 2011. On March 14, 2011, PDA sent $100,000 from One Great Hour of Sharing funds to support an initial response through our ecumenical partner in Japan. To help and to learn more, click here.
The country of Haiti faced enormous challenges in 2010 — a massive earthquake, Hurricane Tomas, an outbreak of cholera, plus ongoing challenges that existed in the country before the January 12 earthquake.
Many people generously shared their financial blessings as a sign of their faithfulness, and in the hope that through their support, disaster-affected Haitian families would see hope from seemingly hopeless situations.
One year after the earthquake — while the media has focused on government inaction, the slow pace of recovery, and the seeming inability of Haiti to recover— Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) gives thanks for the response the generous gifts from Presbyterians and others have made possible.
Despite enormous challenges, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA), working with our Haitian mission partners and as members of the ACT Alliance, helped people survive by providing food, drinking water, and medical assistance so they would not die in the immediate aftermath of the quake.
However, many needs remain. The challenge now is to continue efforts that will move the people towards recovery. Ongoing efforts by PDA and our partners include rebuilding Haiti’s health care, restoring food security and livelihoods, and offering school and recreational activities for children and youth. To help and to learn more, click here.