The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and Canadian Lutheran World Relief have issued for an appeal to support the work of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF), which has launched an immediate large-scale emergency response with its emergency team already in place in Kathmandu.
“We are asking all ELCIC members to keep the people of Nepal in their prayers, as well as those affected in Northern India and Bangladesh, and respond generously to the need for emergency assistance by donating financially to this appeal,” says ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson. “Let the words of Psalm 46 hold us together in prayer: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea.“
As of the date of this writing, LWF had started distributing tarpaulins, hygiene kits and ready-made food to about 400 families in Kathmandu over the weekend of the earthquake. Along with assessing the situation in remote communities, LWF priorities are now to provide water, sanitation and hygiene materials, as well as emergency shelter to people who lost their homes or who are staying outside for fear of aftershocks.
The Canadian government announced that for every dollar given to a registered charity for earthquake relief between April 25 and May 25, the government will put $1 into their “Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund” which they will then use to fund relief work in Nepal.
- Donate online:http://clwr.donorshops.com/product/231A84F/nepalearthquakerelief.php
- Make a designated offering (Nepal earthquake relief) donation through Trinity (offering plate).
- Call CLWR at 1.800.661.2597 (locally at 204.694.5602) to donate by credit card.
- Send a cheque made payable to CLWR and mailed to CLWR, 600-177 Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0W5. Please indicate that you wish to contribute to “Nepal earthquake relief”.
To view the full ELCIC news release, please click on this link: Appeal issued to assist with relief efforts in Nepal