UPDATE: OCTOBER 12, 2016 – 11:00 AM One week after Hurricane Matthew passed over Haiti, the death toll has surpassed 1,000. Thousands more are injured. And now another problem is endangering everyone in the country—cholera. Haiti already had one of the highest cholera rates in the world before the hurricane, but the massive flooding caused by Matthew’s rainfall has amplified the spread of the waterborne disease. Many hand dug wells have been contaminated and are no longer safe for drinking. The World Health Organization is sending 1,000,000 cholera vaccine doses to Haiti in an attempt to prevent a larger outbreak. CRF is now focusing on providing food and clean water to those who no longer have a safe water source… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Disaster Relief
By now you have surely seen the devastating news from Louisiana. Tens of thousands have been displaced and at least 13 people have been killed in floods that are now being called the worst natural disaster to hit the U.S. since Hurricane Sandy. CRF is on the ground working with DRT (Disaster Relief Team) to take care of more than 2,000 of these victims who were rescued but are still homeless. DRT’s semi-trailers are providing showers, kitchens, places to sleep, and tools for rebuilding. Our primary concern at this time is providing clean water and food to those in need. We are also partnering with churches near LSU in Baton Rouge to broaden our reach and provide more relief… Read more »
At CRF we certainly are grateful for your generous donations, and we couldn’t do what we do without them. But don’t forget to pray for us too. You have heard about our extraordinary water well drilling efforts in Turkana, Kenya. Dennis Tenai, our Hope Water International leader, tells about one of our unsuccessful efforts. Yes, sometimes you don’t get water. And how tragic it is when you don’t get water in a desert where it hasn’t rained in nearly seven years. The Turkana people were watching our drillers with hope and anticipation of getting water for themselves and their goats. After it was apparent that there was not going to be water flowing, Dennis said that an old man came… Read more »
Sometimes people get mixed up on what CRF stands for. Many people think the “C” is for children. That is understandable since we focus so much on children. Some think that our “F” stands for fun. That is understandable because when you see our sign outside the building the last letter is sometimes covered by a shadow where it looks like Christian Relief Fun — and we do have a lot of fun around here. But the “R” is pretty clear — it’s relief. It’s true that people may forget that about us — but when there is a disaster, CRF brings relief. Currently, CRF is involved heavily in four relief projects. If you are touched by the needs in… Read more »
As we were driving a Land Cruiser through one of the most remote deserts on earth, we spied a group of guys walking across the parched ground. We immediately wondered who they were. We thought that we should drive over to check them out—but then again—these men could be dangerous. But we went over anyway. As we got closer to them, they spread out and circled our car. Then they marched around it. It was pretty scary. As you can see in this picture, these weren’t the kind of people I saw walking around in Amarillo,Texas. It also didn’t help that they were carrying spears.