UMCOR reports that donations in the wake of the massive flooding covering Pakistan are not coming in and they are having to dip into a general emergency fund to respond. Flood waters continue to sweep away homes and crops and have destroyed the country’s schools, health-care centers and roads – the essence of its social system. Dysentery and other diseases are spreading.
Up to 20 million people have been affected as the waters have covered an area in Pakistan equal to the size of England. Millions are homeless, and 6.5 million acres of crops have washed away. UMCOR has given $105,000 to ministry partners providing relief but blame the lag in donations to donor fatigue, particularly after the outpouring of funds to Haiti relief. Lack of consistent media coverage could also be an issue.
Please encourage church members to help by giving generously on-line or donations can also be made through a Sunday offering. Please note on the gift: UMCOR Disaster Response, International, Advance # 982450.
For more information, please see Floods Threaten Core of Pakistan.