Tornado Hits Oklahoma, Your Help Is Needed
20 May 2013
Tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Iowa on Sunday and Monday doing the most damage as they ripped through the Oklahoma cities of Shawnee and Moore, suburbs of Oklahoma City. A continued tornado warning is being issued for much of the Midwest.
The tornado that tore through Shawnee destroyed a mobile home park and left two elderly men dead and an estimated 29 injured. The death and destruction of Monday’s two-mile wide tornado that beat a path through Moore remains to be seen though news reports suggest that as many as 24 children have lost their lives at a Moore Oklahoma elementary school. It is estimated that 171,000 people lived within the path of the storm. Aerial footage shows homes in rubble and cars overturned. Early reports confirm that two elementary schools have been severely damaged.
World Malaria Day
25 April 2013
In emergencies in Mozambique, mosquito netting tops the list of essential supplies needed for immediate relief.
Along with water purification solution, hygiene kits, maize flour, and clothing, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries recently distributed 1,000 insecticide-treated mosquito nets in the country’s southern districts, where heavy December and February rainfall caused severe flooding, forcing more than 170,000 people from their homes.
Malaria, spread by mosquitoes, is endemic throughout Mozambique and remains the nation’s major health concern and cause of death. In some areas of the country, 90 percent of children under the age of 5 are infected with malaria parasites. And while the risk of contracting malaria is year-round, it increases in the rainy season between December and April, when flooding displaces families, leaving them without the protection of shelter.
World Water Day
25 March 2013
Under a warm Zimbabwe sun, leafy green shoots push toward the sky in neat rows, ringed by members of Harare’s Kambuzuma neighborhood. The community is celebrating a fresh crop—one that means food security is within reach. It’s only possible because, for the first time, they have consistent access to clean water.
In 2012, NCM was able to dig a well in Kambuzuma, piloting its first urban water project in Zimbabwe. This well now provides clean water for the community’s domestic needs and makes it possible to grow vegetables at the local Child Development Center. After the center’s 40 children—many of whom have been orphaned—are fed, the local Nazarene church sells the remaining crops to support their members in need. And because the well has a 5,000-liter reservoir, water will continue to be available to the community, even during power outages.