Climate Change and Disaster Management Fund
Support AID’s contribution to mitigating natural disasters and the impacts of climate change throughout the Pacific region and beyond, making a real difference in the lives of people who need it most.
Why give to this fund? The short answer is that this fund enables AID to participate in and contribute to things which are much greater than the sum of their parts. In this sense, giving to AID’s Climate Change and Disaster Management Fund equals great value for money.
Let’s look at some details. A gift to this fund enables AID to be part of the world-wide Anglican Alliance. This is a network of Anglican churches and agencies (like ABM and AID) around the world who may choose to work together on emergency responses, disaster preparedness, advocacy and building local resilience. AID mostly works with the Pacific part of the Anglican Alliance, supporting a regional facilitator in the Pacific, and being part of the Disaster Resilience course, which was run online in 2021 and 2022 and will be run again in 2024 with churches in Papua New Guinea and other parts of the Pacific.
To support the 2024 course and general disaster preparedness in the Pacific, AID is funding the translating of an Anglican Alliance produced Disaster Management toolkit (led by Alliance member, Episcopal Relief & Development), Pastors and Disasters, into five Pacific languages.
Karen Chute Delaivoni, based in the Diocese of Polynesia, is the Anglican Alliance’s Facilitator for the Pacific. Her role includes organising the above-mentioned online course, monitoring and maintaining pre-positioned relief supplies in Fiji and Tonga, supporting the Diocese of Polynesia’s Tonga Volcano Recovery program, engaging in various disaster preparedness activities in Fiji and other parts of Polynesia, and facilitating relationships between Polynesian churches and local NGOs.
The fund contributes to greater cooperation and coordination between all Pacific Islander Anglican churches, including Melanesia, through the Oceania Regional Advisory Committee (ORAC) which normally meets twice each year, either face to face or online, to share information and to plan work together.
The Anglican Alliance has also helped churches such as the Diocese of Jerusalem, the Church of Pakistan, or numerous churches in Africa who are experiencing humanitarian emergencies, to have a coordinated whole-of-Anglican-Church response to the particular disaster, without having to deal with each donor church or agency individually. Taking care of donor coordination and administration frees the local churches to get on with the important work of directly responding to the emergency.
This fund is also used to fund AID’s membership of Actions by Churches Together (ACT) Alliance and the Australian Church Agencies Network Disaster Operations (CAN DO). Our membership of CAN DO enabled AID to access over $300,000 of government funding, enabling ACOM in Vanuatu to support communities recovering from three disasters: Cyclone Harold, COVID-19 and Cyclones Judy and Kevin.
Through AID’s membership of the ACT Alliance, ACT facilitated us to respond to the April 2023 earthquake in Türkiye and Northern Syria and to the Ukraine conflict.
So, donations to this fund have already achieved a great deal. The fund will enable much more vital and creative work to be done through AID’s ongoing participation in these three important networks.
Joseph said to Pharaoh, “Pharaoh’s dreams are one and the same; God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do. The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good ears are seven years; the dreams are one. The seven lean and ugly cows that came up after them are seven years, as are the seven empty ears blighted by the east wind. They are seven years of famine. It is as I told Pharaoh; God has shown to Pharaoh what he is about to do. Let Pharaoh proceed to appoint overseers over the land, and take one-fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt during the seven plenteous years. Let them gather all the food of these good years that are coming, and lay up grain under the authority of Pharaoh for food in the cities, and let them keep it. That food shall be a reserve for the land against the seven years of famine that are to befall the land of Egypt, so that the land may not perish through the famine.”
– Genesis 41.25-28, 34-36
God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,
we thank you that you teach us about planning for disasters
through the story of Joseph and the Egyptian Pharoah.
We give you thanks for the Anglican Alliance’s Resilience Course,
and for the initial group of 140 people from 42 countries,
representing 23 Anglican Provinces
who completed it.
And we thank you for last year’s cohort of students
from Tonga, Fiji, and Samoa,
the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Papua New Guinea,
New Zealand and Australia
and for all that they have learnt about disaster preparation.
Be with your people, Lord,
as they prepare for natural disasters –
cyclones, floods, volcanoes, earthquakes, and droughts,
and help them tap into their inner physical and psychological resilience
when such disasters come.
This we ask through Jesus Christ,
the one who calmed the storm,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever.
In 2024 we hope to raise for this project:
Donation code: XG011GD
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Your gift will be used to help our Sustainable Communities projects planned for this year.
Your donation will help ABM’s Anglicans in Development and our overseas church partners work with communities to combat poverty, overcome illiteracy, enable better access to clean water and sanitation, end gender-based violence, build equality, increase resilience to climate change and disasters and strengthen community-level leadership.
As noted, this is a tax-deductible project. All donations are in Australian dollars (AUD) and all gifts of $2 or more are tax-deductible.
Gifts are received by the trustee for the ‘Anglicans in Development Ltd’ ABN 86 647 293 481
Gifts will be applied to the support of projects selected. In the unlikely event of projects being oversubscribed or not proceeding to completion, donations will be applied to similar projects.