Rapid Emergency Response Fund

Support people in need all over the world by ensuring emergency funding is available to provide the necessities of food and accommodation in a time of crisis.

Almost every day we hear or read the news that somewhere in the world there is another major crisis. People are in danger. People are fleeing their homes. People and homes have been destroyed. Children’s schooling has been disrupted – for how long?

Or – what is more likely – we don’t hear about it. Crises are happening in so many parts of the world that many news outlets have stopped reporting on most of them all together. Crisis, displacement, violence, children born in refugee camps – these have become the new normal.

And yet, in all countries where different kinds of crisis are occurring, there are people in those countries, or in nearby countries, offering their help to those in need. Sometimes this help might simply be to share what little food they have with a family of strangers who have fled the violent destruction of their village. Or they might make their church or their church hall available to several such families. Or the church might mobilise the doctors and nurses among their congregations to provide free emergency medical care to those in most need during a crisis.

As Anglicans and as Christians, we are always humbled to learn what our partner churches and their communities around the world are doing in response to the many humanitarian disasters the world faces each day. In DR Congo, for example, we heard that ordinary Anglican families were taking in families who had suddenly arrived in their village, fleeing violence in their own village. The church knew their members couldn’t do this on their own for very long, and so they put out a call to the wider church for support. In this case, AID was able to send around $20,000 to the church there, through one of our African partners, the Council for Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA).

AID can send these funds in a very timely manner because of our Rapid Emergency Response Fund. This fund is normally made up of money which might have been raised in excess of the needs of a particular partner for whom we have launched an emergency appeal. Over any 12 month-period we might have four or five calls on such funds, and each time, once we have assessed the situation, we have usually been able to send $5-10,000 to show the solidarity of Australian Anglicans with the ordinary (and often extraordinary) kindness of local churches as they “stand in solidarity with the poor and needy” (as our third Mark of Mission states).

Now that we have opened this fund for direct donations, we hope you will wish to be part of this small, practical and much appreciated support we can show for the work of partner churches as they reach out to their local communities in crisis.

Project Prayer

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. Waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water.
– Isaiah 35.1-2a, 6b-7a

Lord Jesus Christ,
you are the living water
that cleanses and cools,
that freshens and that quenches thirst.

We give you thanks for all the ways
in which those who work with Anglican Development Services, Eastern
have learnt to look after their land and droughtproof it.
We rejoice in the way that farmers have been taught
to market their produce and gain additional income.

As COVID-19 and inflation have hit the Kenyan economy hard,
we celebrate the work of Anglican Development Services, Eastern
that has taught agricultural skills, land-care, and various crafts to the farmers
so that they can maintain their incomes,
purchase food and support their children.
We pray particularly for your blessing on all those
who make mats and handbags to sell
and on all who carry on with the work
of caring for the environment
and protecting the planet.

We ask this in your great and holy name.
Amen.

In 2024 we hope to raise for this project:

$24,600

Donation code: XG011RR

Tax-deductible

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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.

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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.