Reaching Flood Victims in India

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12:30 am, August 15th – Paramseela felt her first pangs of labor pain just as her village of Karmola in India began to flood. Thankfully emergency workers from The Evangelical Fellowship of India’s Commission on Relief (EFICOR), World Relief’s long-time partner in India were already evacuating and ushering victims to safety. EFICOR workers and other brave local volunteers carried Paramseela for half a kilometer on a wooden cot. They eventually reached an automobile that took her to a hospital located 20 kilometers away from the village.

“I and my child would have died if nobody had helped me reach the hospital on time.” She and her baby were blessed to have survived, but many have not been so lucky.

Torrential rainfall and flooding throughout India, Bangladesh and Nepal have killed over 1200 people, leaving over 42 million others homeless. As we know, when disaster strikes, the poorest are hit the hardest –  their houses are not built to withstand heavy rainfall, landslides or flooding. They are simply swept away.

Disaster is especially detrimental to areas where livelihoods depend on agriculture. Crops have been washed out, along with people’s source of food and income for the next year. South Asia is the most populated area of the world, yet there are simply not enough people to help in times of greatest need. And the need is huge.

Our partner EFICOR is already on ground, providing safety and care to the people in Bihar state – one of the poorest and hardest hit areas of India. Over 500 have already died as a result of the flooding in this region. We are supplying families with a food basket of rice, wheat, and oil, as well as bedding, mosquito nets and hygiene kits. Together, we can provide for 10,000 families.

$60 provides one month of emergency care and comfort for one family. When you give today, your gift will be MATCHED to have DOUBLE the impact!

Together, we are God’s hands and feet. Join us in shining His light upon our brothers and sisters in South Asia – an area overwhelmed by darkness right now. Please give today.

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Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 (NIV)