September 6, 2019
By Janice Biehn
(this story has been updated)
PWRDF has released $20,000 to Episcopal Relief and Development towards the emergency relief for people affected by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. “ERD staff have been in touch with the Bishop of Nassau,” said Zaida Bastos, PWRDF’s Director of Development Partnership Program. “They have also made contact with some people in charge of the health infrastructure that was destroyed. Several U.S. Episcopal Dioceses and churches are organizing to respond to the emergency.” Bastos notes that it was not possible to reach the Bahamas until yesterday, and only by helicopter. “We are now beginning to understand the devastating impact of the hurricane.”
ERD will be able to provide more details as all the needs are assessed and teams identify the best way to provide support.
Hurricane Dorian has devastated the Bahamas. News footage shows the areas around Freeport to be unrecognizable, completely submerged in water.
In response to the immediate and urgent needs on the ground, PWRDF is receiving donations.
ERD is coordinating its response with the Anglican Alliance, of which PWRDF is also a member. “The role of the Anglican Alliance is more of a connector and not implementer,” says Bastos. “Many of the churches in Bahamas were destroyed and priests and their families are equally affected by the immediate basic needs of food, shelter, clean water and health care.” Bastos noted the Anglican Alliance is a key contact for both PWRDF and ERD.
How you can help
Please keep the people affected by this disaster in your prayers.
Download and share this Hurricane Dorian Emergency bulletin insert with your parish.
Donations can be made online at pwrdf.org/give-today, then click on Emergency Response. Or mail your donation to PWRDF, 80 Hayden Street, 3rd floor, Toronto, M4Y 3G2, or call toll-free at 1-866-308-7973 (do not leave credit card information on a voice mail). You can also give on the go by texting PWRDF to 45678.