Tag: Earthquake

Convoy of Hope staff and volunteers prepare food and relief supplies for distribution in Nicaragua. Convoy of Hope staff and volunteers prepare food and relief supplies for distribution in Nicaragua.

Assisting Nicaragua earthquake survivors

After a series of earthquakes shook Nicaragua this week, our Disaster Services team is mobilizing support in the country through our established feeding program centers to assist survivors.

In Mateare, one of the regions most affected by the initial earthquake, in country staff are coordinating with the Nicaraguan government by distributing 1,000 bags of groceries to 1,000 families. The government is facilitating the delivery of the bags.

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“Our Children’s Feeding Initiative is already active in Mateare where we are feeding more than 1,800 children, so we were in a good position to get food to earthquake survivors quickly,” says Chris Dudley, disaster services response director.

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Teams will also deliver 220 bags of food for 220 families in the communities of Canaán and Cristiana Socialista Solidaria, where we have two Program Centers, serving 449 children.

“Next week we will be delivering 100 kits with kitchen supplies to 100 families who lost all of their household items, 100 barrels to store clean water, and 300 basic school kits to affected families so their children can go back to school,” says Andrea Frey Metzger, Latin America field operations director.

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Residents walk through rubble in the Maribojoc township, Bohol province in the Philippines where a A 7.2-magnitude quake hit Bohol and Cebu provinces. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) Residents walk through rubble in the Maribojoc township, Bohol province in the Philippines where a A 7.2-magnitude quake hit Bohol and Cebu provinces. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Convoy of Hope responds to Philippines earthquake

Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Response team is coordinating with staff in the Philippines to provide relief to survivors of the recent 7.1-magnitude earthquake that struck the central part of the country, leveling buildings and killing more than 180 people.

“We’re shipping more than 43,000 meals from the island of Cebu to the hard hit province of Bohol,” says Karen Benson, global disaster response director. “We’re fortunate to already have resources in place because of our Children’s Feeding Initiative in the Philippines so we can move supplies quickly and efficiently to help those in need.”

The Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reports that 8,600 homes have been destroyed in Quezon City. Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Response team and in-country staff will continue to monitor the situation closely and coordinate additional response efforts as needed.

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Surviving a Tsunami

Now a little more than two years after Japan’s 9.0 earthquake and massive tsunami, I’m traveling the island nation’s northern coastline. Each place I travel unveils two similar roads. The massive scope of the disaster and the incredible heart of the survivors. Of all the disaster areas I have been to personally, this is the most vast and severe. According to estimates by the World Bank, the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami is the most costly disaster in world history.

The last few days I’ve kneeled and stood reliving two stories with survivors … unimaginable destruction and resilient hope. Here are a few run-ins with survivors who have been helped by the Amazing Grace Relief Center that Convoy of hope has helped to build and supply.

 

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A Team of Heroes

As Pastor Hiroshi Ito opens the doors to a small storefront he explains that the building used to be a convenience store before the 2011 Japan tsunami and earthquake. The Japanese characters above the door now read “Higashi-Matsushima Amazing Grace Center.”

In the relief center that Convoy of Hope has helped to fund, there are piles of clothing, supplies, a small library, children’s activities, coffee and tea ready for distribution. Among the items are also bicycles, heaters, kitchen appliances and other needed items that were donated by Convoy of Hope through our partnership with the center.

As Pastor Ito showed us around the center, Japanese volunteers began to file in to prepare for disaster survivors who would be arriving shortly. Just as volunteers do at our community outreaches in the U.S., it was inspiring to see people coming together to help one another – no matter what nationality.

To get their attention for a group picture I call them “a team of heroes” followed by laughs, smiles and even a flex from Pastor Ito. Thank you for letting me introduce you to some of Ishinomaki’s heroes.

 

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