National Lutheran News

ELCA sends over $800,000 overseas for disaster relief

Five developing countries were recipients of the funds

Members of the 4.8 million member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), nearly 20% of whom live in Minnesota, have provided $825,000 in response to emergency situations in In-donesia, Mozambique, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Zambia. The fund transfers were coordinated by ELCA Global Mission and were channeled through ELCA International Disaster Response.

Funds provide food, medicine, drinking water, emergency shelter and other materials for survivors of disasters.
Areas selected to receive funding are currently experiencing extreme hardship.

* In Darfur, Sudan, an ongoing civil war continues to displace people from their homes with disastrous re-sults. The ELCA has sent $200,000.

* Another $100,000 went to southern Sudan, where refugees are beginning to return to their homes. It will assist with rehabilitation.

* In Mozambique, a gift of $75,000 will help families displaced by severe flooding. Between 300,000-500,000 have been forced to flee their homes.

* An additional $50,000 went to Zambia, where more damage and displacement due to flooding has resulted.

* A grant of $300,000 went to Indonesia, which continues to struggle with the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami.

* In Sri Lanka, tsunami damage is compounded by the effects of a civil war which is causing hardship to thousands of citizens. The ELCA has sent $100,000 to provide food, nonfood items, water and medicines.

ELCA church members wishing to contribute directly to the work of ELCA International Disaster Re-sponse may send contributions to P.O. Box 71764, Chicago, IL 60694-1764.