Emergency Disaster Fund

Haiti - Dad & 4 kids cropped by Klebert ExceusHaitian family enjoys new home made
possible by the Emergency Disaster Fund
Photo by Klebert Exceus

The Emergency Disaster Fund enables Brethren to “bear one another’s burdens, thus fulfilling the law of Christ” (Galatians 6.2). The fund enables the church to respond immediately to natural and human-caused disasters.

In the case of overseas disasters, Brethren Disaster Ministries receives appeals from partner agencies, such as Church World Service, who have a presence in the stricken country. Grants from the Emergency Disaster Fund provide emergency relief supplies such as temporary shelters, water purification units and medicines, as well as supporting long-term reconstruction and farm restoration projects.

In the United States, Brethren Disaster Ministries mobilizes a network of volunteers who donate time, skills, and energy to clean up and completely restore the homes of people affected by disaster. These projects are supported by EDF grants for several weeks to a year or longer—as long as it takes a community recover.

The fund also supports Children’s Disaster Services, through which certified volunteers minister to the children of families whose lives have been disrupted by disaster. The volunteers give loving care to the children in temporary child care centers. This program has been expanded to include Critical Response Childcare.

2010 Emergency Disaster Fund grants (PDF)

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