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Monsoon causes Nationwide Flooding Crisis in Myanmar

monsoon myanmarSince Myanmar’s monsoon season commenced in early June, almost 1 million individuals have been affected by widespread flooding – compounded by Cyclone Komen –  in 12 of the 14 states throughout the nation. Thought to be the worst flooding in years, aproximately one hundred people have died and 1.2 million acres of rice fields have been destroyed.

The Salvation Army is working alongside authorities and nongovernment organizations (NGO) to provide relief to the affected communities in the form of meals, water, and shelter. Infrastructure remains point of concern as roads and bridges have been destroyed, and in some instances, swept away by the flooding. Many Salvation Army buildings and amenities are housing those that have been displaced  from their homes. Long-term relief efforts will revolve around funding and redevelopment of homes, bogs, and wells.

With a one hundred-year presence in Myanmar, The Salvation Army will continue serving these communities long after the catastrophe is over.

The Salvation Army depends upon financial donations to fulfill the distinctive, urgent needs of communities in disaster, such as those within Myanmar. To help worldwide disaster relief efforts of The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO), please go tohttps://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/SAWSO and select “Disaster Relief & Reconstruction”.

About The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO)

SAWSO is committed to working hand-in-hand with local communities to help people who face challenges every day in countries around the globe. Created in 1977 as an independent 501(c) (3) to support the ministry of The Salvation Army, SAWSO has been strengthening global communities in need for nearly 38 years. SAWSO supports the Army’s impressive global footprint in 127 countries, developing long-term community-driven solutions to issues in the areas of:

· Community Health & HIV Prevention
· Livelihood & Empowerment 
· Anti-human Trafficking
· Disaster Relief & Recovery
· Education

To learn more, go to www.SAWSO.org.

The Salvation Army is committed to utilize philanthropic gifts in the manner donors desire. Occasionally, conditions in the field may alter relief activities. If this occurs, The Salvation Army will redirect funds to our International relief efforts in the area.

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Salvation Army Relief Efforts Continue in Nepal

Relief Efforts Continue in Nepal

This post was contributed by The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO)

The Salvation Army continues to serve communities in and around Kathmandu following two earthquakes on April 25 and May 12 that killed 8,787 people and destroyed more than 500,000 homes.

Emergency response teams of The Salvation Army have been serving survivors in the urban and rural areas with operations revolving around camps for displaced people, including camp management roles and the provision of food, shelter, and water. Teams are also assisting many remote mountainous villages that are now isolated due to landslides from the earthquakes and subsequent rains from monsoons.

The Salvation Army has so far distributed 148 metric tons of food – including rice, oil, lentils and salt – to survivors, as many people have lost all of their food. This support will sustain families until the upcoming harvest. Additionally, hundreds of hygiene and sanitation items were distributed.

Relief Efforts Continue in Nepal

“This disaster response is especially complicated due to the remote and rugged nature of the terrain in Nepal, making the delivery of aid especially challenging,” said Betsy Baldwin, Disaster Technical Advisor for The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO). “This has meant greater coordination and creativity has been required to reach remote communities and ensure that the limited amount of assistance does not duplicate the work of others.”

Funding from SAWSO is supporting the development of temporary housing and learning centers in the place of schools that were damaged in the earthquake. Approximately 3,000 tarps were distributed to community members needing covered living space and temporary learning spaces while schools are reconstructed.

In continued support of schooling in the area, The Salvation Army provided 850 educational stationery packs to children returning to temporary classrooms.

“Where the spotlight was once on the debris and the aftermath of this disaster, it has now shifted to The Salvation Army and its capacity to provide long-term relief efforts for this community in need,” said Lt. Colonel William Mockabee, Executive Director for SAWSO. “At SAWSO we seek opportunities to support the local Salvation Army – which has been serving the Nepal community since opening its doors in 2009 – and are privileged to fund this project that will develop temporary learning centers for children to get back to school.”

Electricity remains an issue for most mountain villages, particularly at night when steep ledges and terraced hillsides are now difficult to see and quite dangerous. The Salvation Army distributed 904 solar lamps to individuals and families in these areas to ensure their safety.

The Salvation Army’s valued relationship with Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) has allowed emergency response teams to deliver relief items such as this to rural mountain areas. Additional support from The UPS Foundation allowed SAWSO to coordinate the shipment and delivery of 1,000 tents and mosquito nets.

Monetary donations are the most critical need for survivors. The Salvation Army has set up a designated fund for relief efforts in Nepal. To give, visit salar.my/Nepal or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). Check donations to Salvation Army World Service Office (designate “Nepal Earthquake”) can be sent to:

International Relief Fund
P.O. Box 418558
Boston, MA 02241-8558

In-kind donations are not being accepted.

The Salvation Army is committed to utilize philanthropic gifts in the manner donors desire. Occasionally, conditions in the field may alter relief activities. If this occurs, The Salvation Army will redirect funds to our International relief efforts in the area.

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Salvation Army accepting donations for Nepal earthquake victims

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Donations for Nepal are being accepted

The Salvation Army is mobilizing emergency response personnel and supplies after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal flattened homes and buildings, causing widespread damage across the region and killing more than 2,000 people.

With more than 75 offices throughout the area, volunteers and staff are well-prepared to service the immediate and long-term needs of those impacted by natural disasters. Since 1882, the Salvation Army has served the people of its India Eastern territory.

“Donations from the generous public will help provide basic necessities that survivors desperately need right now,” said Lt. Col. Ron Busroe, the Salvation Army’s national community relations and development secretary. “But the effects of this tragedy will be felt for months – even years. We know that emotional and spiritual counseling is equally important for survivors to deal with the gravity of the situation.”

Monetary donations are the most critical need for survivors. The Salvation Army has set up a designated fund in which 100 percent of gifts will go to relief efforts in Nepal. To donate, visit salar.my/Nepal or call 800-SAL-ARMY.

Check donations to Salvation Army World Service Office, designated for “Nepal Earthquake,” can be sent to: Salvation Army World Service Office, International Relief Fund, P.O. Box 418558, Boston, MA 02241-8558.

In-kind donations are not being accepted.

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Volunteer Gets ‘Paid’ at Disasters

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I have been a volunteer with Salvation Army Disaster Services for several years. I went to a flood site as a ham radio operator and somehow ended up as a volunteer radio operator, mobile kitchen driver, and food server.

In my experiences, I have seen sadness, human suffering, tragedy, and incredible damage in which survivors have lost everything. As a major in the U.S. Army once said, “If you can go to a Hurricane Katrina and not be affected, I worry about your heart.”

When you hold a person who is sobbing nonstop, when a person is grateful for a hot dog and coffee, when a small child smiles when they have a cup of hot chocolate and a cookie, you realize why you are there. You also realize you are helping when you are listening and talking with them, hearing their stories and giving them a chance to vent.

When people ask if I’m a disaster volunteer, I tell them, “Yes, and I get paid.” Their look is incredulous and they ask, “You get paid?” I always reply, “Yes, with a handshake, a ‘God bless you,’ a hug, a thank you, and the smile on a small child who has a hot dinner. Yes, I get paid – and money can’t buy that feeling.”

There is also camaraderie with other volunteers, survivors and relief workers. We are in it together, so let us work together.

Being a disaster volunteer is extremely rewarding, and an opportunity to pay it forward to those people who have helped you in your life. You are helping survivors and you are supporting the police, the fire department, and others who protect your community. All it takes is a little of your free time.

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Blog by Frank Powers, Salvation Army Disaster Services volunteer

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Salvation Army Serving Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan

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The Salvation Army is serving survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in the aftermath of the deadliest natural disaster on record. Classified as a category 5 typhoon, the scale of devastation became clear Sunday as the death toll is estimated to be as high as 10,000 or more.

Emergency Disaster Service teams have been providing essentials to those affected by the typhoon since the storm hit Friday, including food, shelter, water, and emotional and spiritual care.

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“The Salvation Army is on the ground serving the immediate needs of survivors,” said Major Ron Busroe, The Salvation Army’s National Community Relations and Development Secretary. “Donations from the generous public will help provide basic necessities that survivors desperately need right now. But the effects of this tragedy will be felt for months – even years. We know that emotional and spiritual counseling is equally important for survivors to deal with the gravity of the situation.”

With more than 75 offices throughout the country, Salvation Army volunteers and staff are well prepared to service the immediate and long-term needs of those impacted by this disaster.

Monetary donations are the most critical need for survivors. To give, click on the donation button at the top of the page or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). Donations of 10 dollars can also be made via mobile phone by texting “TYPHOON” to 80888 and replying “YES.”*

Check donations to Salvation Army World Service Office (designate “Typhoon Haiyan”) can be mailed to:

Salvation Army World Service Office International Relief Fund
P.O. Box 418558
Boston, MA 02241-8558

In-kind donations are not being accepted.

*A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message and data rates may apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. By participating, you certify that you are 18 years or older and/or have parental permission. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. **Text STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to 80888 for help.

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“Daddy’s Home” comic strip raises awareness for Hurricane Sandy relief

Check out the comics section in today’s paper and you might see the latest from the acclaimed comic strip, “Daddy’s Home,” which highlights the still very present need in New York and New Jersey in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

The comic portrays the iconic Star Jet roller coaster sitting in the ocean in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, perhaps one of the most famous and enduring images from Hurricane Sandy’s devastating sweep along the East Coast last November.

“I want people to be aware that there’s still work to do,” said Tony Rubino, creative director of the syndicated comic alongside illustrator, Gary Markstein, who directs readers to The Salvation Army’s website (www.SalvationArmyUSA.org).

Eight months later, there is indeed a lot to be done for impacted residents. The Salvation Army continues to provide long-term assistance and disaster case management to help survivors find resources for rebuilding their damaged homes, while also providing financial assistance and referral services to residents in the hardest hit areas of Staten Island, Queens and Long Island.

If you would like to make a donation or commitment to volunteer with The Salvation Army, please visit www.SalvationArmyNY.org.
A huge thank you to Tony Rubino and Gary Markstein for supporting our Emergency Disaster Services!

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A thank you to our generous partners

Since May 19, thanks to the generosity and sacrifice of our partners, supporters and countless volunteers, The Salvation Army has been able to provide 44,878 meals, 63,678 drinks, and 55,867 snacks to tornado survivors in Oklahoma.

This kind of service is made possible in large part by The Salvation Army’s corporate partners. We would like to extend our sincere to Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Little Ceasers, Chick-Fil-A and Papa John’s Pizza who have helped us feed survivors, volunteers, first responders, and other emergency personnel via donations and mobile kitchens.

Last Sunday, our friends at Papa John’s- called upon pizza lovers across the country to support the communities of Moore and El Reno, Oklahoma in their recovery from the destructive storms by asking customers to donate $1 of every food order, towards The Salvation Army’s recovery efforts. We are thrilled to announce that $400,000 was raised that day in support of our relief efforts in Oklahoma.

Additionally, the company’s mobile pizza kitchen, served over 10,000 pizzas to the survivors and first responders. They were also kind enough to deliver hundreds of pizzas from local franchises to residents and aid workers.

Thank you, America, for teaming up with Papa John’s Pizza to make this donation possible! We are beyond thankful to everyone’s continuous generosity, support and partnership in Doing The Most Good.

To learn more about The Salvation Army, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org.

To donate to our relief efforts or to learn more about The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services, please visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

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Using Humor to Heal Broken Hearts in OK

Post courtesy of Krachel Greenwood, E-Communications Manager at The Salvation Army – Wisconsin Upper Michigan Division.

David McCullough makes a living by making others smile. The professional clown, known as Korn Pop, was only 12 years old when he realized his calling in life. “I was the class clown and was always getting into some kind of mischief in school,” he says. “I wrote a report on the circus. My teacher knew a retired circus clown and introduced him to me. His name was Popcorn, and I wanted to be just like him when I grew up.”

When the EF5 tornado touched down in Moore, Oklahoma, McCullough’s pastor at the Rock Hill Baptist Church in Brownsboro, Texas, put a call out for volunteers to assist with clean-up efforts. McCullough agreed to go, so long as his pastor would allow him to share a few balloon animals along the way.

“I love Jesus, and I know Jesus has a heart for people. It’s my ministry. It’s how I can show Jesus’ love, by bringing smiles to others,” he says.

McCullough spent the morning clowning around at The Salvation Army’s Distribution Center located in Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads. While he was there he spoke to several children who lost everything during the recent tornadoes across Oklahoma City.

Fifteen-year-old Aaron, who lives next door to Briarwood Elementary School, says he likes to lift weights. That inspired McCullough to tie up a balloon-figure weightlifter, something that the high school sophomore could give a thumbs up to.

Nine-year-old Sterling flew in with family from Georgia to assist a brother who lost his home. She says there isn’t much left of his house, located on 6th Street in Moore.

Five-year-old Jayden couldn’t believe her eyes when Korn Pop asked her to hold a balloon and it popped out of her hands.

“I love The Salvation Army. I love what you guys do,” McCullough says. ”When winter rolls around I ring bells. I do what I can to help.”

For the boy who wrote a school paper about the circus, serving others by clowning around has proved to be the perfect way to share the love Jesus has for others.

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Disaster Services Continues In Oklahoma

Post courtesy of Cynthia (Cindy) Fuller, Public Relations for The Salvation Army Arkansas & Oklahoma Division.

Despite thunderstorms and threat of severe weather, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster response teams have worked diligently since the early hours of Sunday evening to provide support to first responders and those impacted in the Shawnee, Carney and Little Axe area as well as Moore, Oklahoma.

Now that the all persons have been accounted for in the destruction areas, families and individuals are being allowed back into their neighborhoods. As this occurs, The Salvation Army is ramping up its operations on the ground. Twelve Salvation Army Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens) from various locations in Arkansas and Oklahoma are roaming in the Shawnee and Moore devastation areas.

As of Tuesday, The Salvation Army provided 4,684 hot and cold meals, 7,752 drinks and 3,188 snacks. This assistance will continue for the foreseeable future as The Salvation Army is committed to supporting the residents of this community as they return to their homes and begin rebuilding their lives.

In addition to providing food, hydration and emotional and spiritual care, The Salvation Army is also securing warehousing and staging areas as they prepare to increase operations to serve all those affected by the tornadoes.

Monetary donations continue to be the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized. The Salvation Army is unable to accept in kind donations at this time. By far the most effective way to support The Salvation Army response in Oklahoma, is by making a financial contribution:

• MAIL – please send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 2536, OKC, OK 73102
• PHONE at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
• ONLINE at disaster.salvationarmyusa.org
Text “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation on your smartphone.

If you would like to support The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts in Oklahoma, please visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org to donate. For other ways to give, click here.

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Salvation Army Responds to Sichuan Earthquake

Sichuan EarthquakeThe Salvation Army is responding after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit China’s Sichuan Province on Saturday 20 April. Latest reports show that at least 200 people lost their lives in the disaster, with more than 11,500 sustaining injuries and at least 1.5 million people being left homeless.

A Salvation Army team from its Sichuan Earthquake Reconstruction and Recovery Office headed towards the city of Ya-an – the epicentre of the quake – on Sunday. The city was initially cut off because of roads being torn apart or blocked by mudslides. Many rural communities are still impossible to reach.

Salvation Army staff contacted officials from the Lushan Township Earthquake Bureau and discovered that four townships – Longmen, Taiping, Shuangshi and Baosheng – were the worst hit. Most of the houses in the area are traditional small huts with green tile roofs. It appears that the few buildings to have survived the earthquake have been destroyed by aftershocks.

Currently, most of the victims are sheltering under self-made temporary tents, although many are having to survive without any shelter at all. Rain is making things worse, hindering the rescue work and worsening the living conditions of the survivors. There is urgent need across the region for tents, folding beds and food.

Salvation Army relief personnel are trying to purchase food items such as sausages and instant noodles. Having carried out initial assessments, Salvation Army teams are preparing to distribute food and folding beds.

 

Report by Envoy Simon Wong