When Disaster Strikes, Hope Sustains
India Partners continues to provide disaster relief for 2004 Asian tsunami
What sustains you in times of disaster?
For many people it is hope. Hope to survive, hope that our situations will improve or hope that God will provide for our needs. Initially, hope is often present in the form of relief supplies – food, water, blankets, emergency medical help, and the people who serve. But what about over the long-term? How do you rebuild? How will you provide for yourself and your family a year from now? Disaster relief requires longevity.
In 2004, a tsunami struck the shores of many nations in Southeast Asia. People around the world responded to the call for help, including India Partners. There were over 20 coastal fishing villages that were decimated by the tsunami of 2004 – thatched homes destroyed, wooden fishing boats and nets battered and lost at sea. Since 2004, India Partners has provided $200,000 in aid to those affected by the disaster. Over six years later, hundreds of families are still without a safe place to live or a means of livelihood.
Last year, with grants from the Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation and International Foundation, as well as gifts from individual donors, India Partners provided micro-loans to 45 fishing families for boats and nets. Hope was revived for 180 people, and their dignity was restored as they could once again provide for their families. Tragically, just a week after receiving their new boats and nets, Cyclone Laila struck, destroying all but seven of the boats and the entire supply of the nets.
Although they were saddened to lose so much, again, each family was grateful for having received a boat and a net. They were thankful for the compassion of others who reached out to help them in their time of need.
Today, India Partners is still bringing hope to these families, as funds were recently sent to rebuild homes and replace lost nets. Will you consider bringing hope to those still in need?
During our Spring Matching Drive, every dollar you give to our Where Most Needed fund fund by May 31st will be doubled, up to $5,000. Last year during our Spring Matching Drive we raised $11,932. Will you consider giving a gift of $20, $30 or $50 to our Where Most Needed fund?
In addition, ALL gifts received or pledged by April 30th will count towards matching funds from the Alan Shawn Feinstein Foundation. Gifts to our Where Most Needed fund provide for a variety of projects, including when disaster strikes, or for the most pressing needs of those we serve.
Our vision is an India rich in hope, justice and the compassion of Christ. All of India Partners’ work is focused on bringing hope to those who have none.