Humanitarian disasters leave people wounded, confused and vulnerable. Some emergencies strike in a heartbeat such as when an earthquake destroys homes, public buildings, roads and communication networks.
At other times there are warning signs such as a prolonged drought or political unrest. In a time of emergency, victims turn to the church for assistance and assurance that they are neither abandoned by God nor by his people. CBM’s emergency fund allows us to empower congregations to respond immediately to save lives, and to participate in the reconstruction of homes and livelihoods. In the past decade we have been able to:
- Save lives and help to re-establish families and rebuild churches after the Tsunami.
- Provide food aid and medical care in East Africa during times of drought.
- Respond to the needs of Syrian refugees with food and shelter.
- Give resources to churches in Cuba to enable them to care for people in their communities after the ravages of Hurricane Sandy.
- Rebuild homes in Haiti following the massive earthquake that left millions without shelter.