What’s the most important part of Charities for Disaster Relief?
I will answer it with a story from the recent event… When I look back on the Ebola Crisis, two years ago, and its hideous method of infecting and ultimately killing its victims, I was appalled at how unprepared all of the countries in the area were. Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea were sitting ducks to an epidemic that was almost sure to strike a second time.
At the start of the outbreak I held a new position as Executive Director of an international orphanage organization. Our seven orphanages were in and around the capital city of Liberia called Monrovia. The immediate need for all seven of our orphanages was clear: Make sure all precautions in hygiene practices were implemented and that enough food, medical supplies and medical personnel were in place.
This task was beyond daunting. It seemed the whole world had lost its mind. Food agencies tripled their prices, shipping companies doubled their rates and in-country personnel demanded more money or would not give assistance. It took 25 days to get food and medical supplies into an area that usually only took 3-4 days at triple the cost of what we were paying a month earlier. The areas that needed the most help, were not prepared.
Perhaps having an inventory of nonperishable food and medical supplies always on hand would have been lifesaving. Perhaps educating the people on the proper handling of food or teaching correct hygiene procedures when the people are young could have saved thousands of lives lost needlessly. We may never know. Here’s what we do know: Many things can be done now to be prepared before the next epidemic or disaster.
In the Philippines where a major earthquake was followed up by a cataclysmic typhoon, all of the supply planes, which took over a week to arrive even though the whole world watched the path of the typhoon for several days, were met with one forklift, while 26 planes of food supplies and medical supplies sat for over a two weeks on the tarmac, waiting to be unloaded because there was only one forklift available. They were not prepared.
If you are like us, then you need to say “yes” to Charities for Disaster relief.
At Ambassador Ministries we have seen and have been a part of such preparedness. Consider us as one of the organizations you need to support.
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