In a recent letter to the Anglican Communion, Archbishop Francisco called for international prayer and local help for those affected by the worst floods in 50 years, which have hit the State of Rondônia and Acre.
Over 2,000 families have been displaced and more than 10,000 left homeless by the disaster. Local churches are already providing aid, but more help is needed to reach the most vulnerable.
The Anglican-Episcopal Church of Brazil is appealing through the Anglican Alliance in a call to support the families and rural workers whose homes and livelihoods have been lost to the floods. The full appeal and details on how you can provide support are written below.
A severe lack of food and medicine have been reported by the church – most fishermen and women, and local farmers, are still out of the reach of government aid. Contaminated water and the risk of further health crises are a huge concern.
There is also severe damage on all roads and routes out of the town, and riverside communities have been severely hit.
Moriá, a missionary community alongside the rivers Candeia and Jamari, is particularly affected. This very isolated community of small farmers, peasants and fisherman now have no access to basic food and medical supplies, and no sign of outside assistance.
And the Maravilha Community, close to the banks of Rio Madeira, have no provisions. Access to the community can be made only by boat and the community’s livelihoods, consisting of fishing, hunting and agriculture, have been destroyed.
Archbishop Francisco said, “I call all our Church to pray for the region and the people in that situation and, where it is possible to collect food supplies, clothes and medicines, to help the families [with these]. I make an appeal also to our international partners to support these initiatives of emergency aid via our Provincial Office and by being in contact with our local leaders in Porto Velho (Capital City of Rondonia), where we are present in two communities.” Later he also called on the Anglican church and agencies worldwide to support the appeal made by the local church leaders.
You can support the devasted communities in Brazil – please see the full appeal below. And follow this link to read the appeal in Portuguese.
Objective of the response:
To ensure the right to access to good quality food, in sufficient amounts, based on best nutritional practices throughout the next month.
<strong “line-height: 1.4;”>Targeted area:
Comunidade Moriá:<strong “line-height: 1.4;”> Área rural: Linha 42 – Ramal do Boto, KM 14 – BR 364, cidade de Porto Velho, Rondônia – Brasil;
Comunidade Maravilha: Br 319, KM 01; Margens do Rio Madeira, sentido Humaitá, AM
<strong “line-height: 1.4;”>Targeted community:
Missão Moriá e Comunidade Maravilha
<strong “line-height: 1.4;”>Number of beneficiaries: 155 families
<strong “line-height: 1.4;”>Time frame: 30 days
<strong “line-height: 1.4;”>Contacts:
Rubency Luz Silva – Lay Minister
Revdo. Robert Adan Costa Silva
<strong “line-height: 1.4;”>Proposed budget:
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<strong “line-height: 1.4;”>Total requested: R$ 17,890 = approx. $7,570
<strong “line-height: 1.4;”><strong “line-height: 1.4;”>Basic Basket of Groceries per family: R$ 115 = approx. $48
<strong “line-height: 1.4;”>Bank details – Dados Bancários:
<strong “line-height: 1.4;”>BANK NAME: CITIBANK
BRANCH ADDRESS: NEW YORK
SWIFT CODE: CITIUS33
ACCOUNT NAME: IGREJA EPISCOPAL ANGLICANA DO BRASIL
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 10213501
When you send money, please email Robert Adan Costa Silva, the parish priest, at firstname.lastname@example.org and the Anglican Alliance relief coordinator, email@example.com to allow them to keep track of funds being sent for the appeal.