Responding in Africa and America
Major water disasters have disrupted and destroyed lives and livelihoods during August 2017 in Africa and America. God is concerned about what happens “here” and “there”. Seek the Lord’s guidance about your response for Sierra Leone, Texas or both. Lott Carey is available to be one of your trusted partners to touch lives with transforming love during this season of death and dislocation. We look forward to hearing from you.
Sierra Leone, West Africa
Three days of heavy rains produced a massive mudslide on 14 August 2017 in and around Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa. More than 1,000 people have died from flooding and mudslides that hit Sierra Leone’s capital. Some 2,000 people are homeless. The mudslides and rain overwhelmed Freetown’s drainage system. This created waterways that rushed through streets across the capital. The mudslides overran several houses trapping residents inside their homes which resulted in deaths and injuries.
Our friends of the Baptist Churches of Sierra Leone have seen 103 deaths in their churches.
- Bethany Baptist Church – 60 Members Died
- Victory Baptist Church – 20 Members Died
- Awesome Praise Baptist Church – 10 members Died
- Wilberforce Baptist church – 9 Members Died
- Hillside Baptist Church – 4 Members Died
The Baptist Convention of Sierra Leone is working hard to respond and will need help from sisters and brothers around the world. There immediate needs are:
- Food – rice, oil, onions, salt, milk for babies, clean water
- Utensils – pots, buckets, cups, local stoves, spoons
- Mosquito nets
- Bedding – foam mattresses and blankets
- Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS) which treats dehydration.
Hurricane Harvey is forcing 30K people to leave their homes. Storms in the region may produce 50 inches of rain by the end of the August. Almost 90,000 people have gone without power.
Lott Carey is recruiting volunteers to work in our American Red Cross partnership. We are working to establish bulk distribution and feeding centers to operate out of churches when the waters subside. Our partners in Louisiana are helping to shelter displaced residents from Texas. We have placed our disaster response staging location at Fountain Pines Baptist Camp in Colfax, LA on alert (we developed this 20+ acre campsite 150 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico in collaboration with the Louisiana Baptist Home and Foreign Mission State Convention with generous funding from Fountain Baptist Church, Summit, NJ following hurricanes Katrina and Rita).
An Opportunity to Share
The present and growing needs in Texas and Sierra Leone will require prayer and participation and sustained attention. As you pray for grace for the journey of people, churches and communities to recover, please seek guidance for your generous response.
Lott Carey works in collaboration with partners who “aim for the margins”. All disasters result in some people not being able to access resources and negotiate systems. They need our action and advocacy to ensure, as much as is possible, that none go without.
You can give in the following ways:
- Via mail to: Lott Carey, 8201 Corporate Drive, Suite 1245, Landover, MD 20721
- Via PayPal here.
- Via Givelify at here. or download the app and select Lott Carey in Hyattsville, MD in the Charities Section
For more information on how we can help you to serve, contact:
Kathi L. Reid, Disaster Services Manager, email@example.com, 301.429.3300 ex. 12
Join the Lott Carey Disaster Services Network
Lott Carey and the American Red Cross have identified four (4) ways to help churches build more resilient communities and to help individuals and families prepare for and respond to disasters. The Lott Carey Disaster Services Network is prioritizing the following areas of collaboration.
- Household and Community Preparedness – Preparing for disasters before they occur is critical. (1) Download American Red Cross Preparedness Mobile Apps here. (2) Download your Emergency Supply List here from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. (3) Help reduce fire fatalities by joining the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign designed to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires. Contact us to organize your community outreach.
- Volunteer Participation – Recruit individuals to be able to respond to disasters as volunteers in shelters and/or with local disaster assistance teams.
- Use of Facilities – Form agreements for the potential use of church facilities to support Red Cross Disaster responses (i.e. as a shelter for food and material distribution and/or for emergency stays).
- Blood Program Support – Recruit churches to host blood drives in collaboration with congregational and/or community partners.
Download information about the Lott Carey – Red Cross partnership here.
To join the Lott Carey Disaster Services Network contact:
Kathi L. Reid, Disaster Services Program Manager
301.429.3300, extension 12, firstname.lastname@example.org