|31st January 2001
The Archbishops of Armagh and Dublin have authorised an emergency grant
of £20,000 from the Church of Ireland Bishops' Appeal to assist the
relief work in the Indian state of Gujarat following the massive
destruction caused by the earthquake.
The grant will assist the work of the Churches' Auxiliary for Social
Action (CASA). CASA, the development wing of the Protestant churches
in India, has been implementing relief and development programmes in the
country for 50 years and is a long standing partner of Christian
Aid. It has been able to respond fairly rapidly with
distribution of relief items to approximately 35,000 of the most
vulnerable families. Priority will be given to women, children, and
the elderly. Each family will be given relief sets with essential
items. These will consist of the following: A saree, dhoti, one
acrylic handloom blanket and a set of kitchen utensils, a lantern and
tarpaulin piece. Cooked food and drinking water is being provided for
600,000 people for 6 days. The dry ration kit will be made up of 7kg rice,
2kg flour, 1kg dal, 1 litre mustard oil, matchbox and candles.
Bishops' Appeal will forward to CASA contributions received from
parishes and individuals.
Further details from Bishops' Appeal
The Revd Ian Poulton