Emergency Relief 2013

Lower Assam Conflict: A recovery project worth US $29,300, aftermath of ethnic conflict in Lower Assam, India which claimed 101 lives and made over 485,000 people flee from their homes. It provided relief assistance of food and non-food items to 500 affected families and also assistance to the rebuilding of 29 houses. The project was support by Baptist World Aid ($10,000), Transform Aid International ($15,000), APBAid ($2,000) and Lower Assam Baptist Union (locally raised $2,300). 

Upper Assam Floods: In the later part of 2012, series of 3 major floods devastated Upper Assam areas of NE India. Over 800,000 people, mainly poor farmers were affected and many of the farmers were left with nothing to recover their livelihood. Assam Baptist Convention mobilized local resources in providing seeds to 200 families for winter crops and with supports from BWAid ($10,000) and TAI/BWAA ($14,500), 207 farmer families were assisted to rebuild their homes.
Jakarta Floods: APBAid responded with a grant of $3,681 to the request of Union of Indonesian Baptists Churches for relief assistance to the flood victims. Forty-two lives were reported lost and thousands affected as flood swept through Jakarta city in February 16, 2013. Rebana, relief and Development wing of UIBC was able to provide emergency health services besides providing mattresses & hygiene kits to 100 households, and baby kits/school kits to 75 children. Emergency Response Management training was also conducted for the benefits of 40-50 Baptist volunteers equipping them in facing the challenges. 

Fire at Karenni Camp (Thai-Myanmar border): APBAid responded with a grant of $5,956 to fire disaster that broke out at Ban mae Surin Karenni camp in Mae Hong Son province of Thailand on March 22, 2013. Twenty six lives were lost in the carnage and over 400 houses including community buildings, schools, clinic and food warehouses were destroyed, leaving behind 2,300 homeless. Relief assistance was given in food and water, blankets to 100 families and clothing and slippers to 100 children. 

Cyclone Phailin in Orissa, India: Major cyclone struck Eastern Indian state of Orissa on October 12, 2013 and devastated the state. Relief assistance was mobilized with the support of Malaysia Baptist Convention ($10,000) and American Baptist Churches ($10,000) to help 193 families rebuild their homes. A livelihood recovery project was initiated with a budget of $54,009, and German Baptist Union came in to support the project, benefitting 215 affected families. The project is implemented in cooperation with Bengal Orissa Bihar Baptist Churches Association. 

Supertyphoon Haiyan in Central Philippines: Most powerful storm ever recorded, Typhoon Haiyan struck Central Philippines Islands of Guiguan and Eastern Samar province on November 8, 2013 causing lives lost and massive damages to housing, livelihoods and infrastructure across the nation. APBAid and Baptist Churches in Philippines responded immediately by coordinating and released initial grant of $20,000 for emergency reliefs. So thankful to the immediate and kind support of APBF member Churches and global partners - Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Baptist Union of Netherland, Baptist Missionary Society (UK) and Diakonia-Sweden for immediate assistance of food, water and non-food items. With the support of BWAid and German Baptist Union 9 recovery projects are initiated and being implemented.