The Anglican Alliance was on hand to celebrate inspiring examples of international development work as the 2015 Bond Awards were conferred at King’s Palace in London on 1st June 2015.
Harriet Baka, Mothers’ Union provincial coordinator for the Episcopal Church of Sudan and South Sudan (ECSSS), was shortlisted for the 2015 Bond Humanitarian Award in recognition for her tireless work for peace and sustainable development in her country.
The Anglican Alliance’s initiated economic empowerment programme funded by the Commonwealth Foundation has concluded successfully with the formation of a cooperative for low-income women in the remote village of Kanaynagar in Bangladesh.
It is the first time that such a cooperative has been formed comprising women from across the parish – Christian and Muslim together. Kanaynagar Parish is situated in a coastal area of the country and has been significantly impacted by climate change.
The Anglican Church of Burundi is preparing to assist people displaced by violence and insecurity due to the ongoing political crisis in the country. Meanwhile, Anglican churches in neighbouring Tanzania and D.R.Congo are also responding with help for Burundian refugees crossing into their dioceses.
At the recent Lusophone meeting in Brazil, Rev Helen Van Koevering shared an account of the Anglican Church in Mozambique’s response to severe flooding that recently affected northern Mozambique, as well as Malawi.
A week after the second earthquake, the extent of the devastation is emerging in Nepal. Eight million people have been affected by the earthquakes, more than 8,600 people have been killed, 16,808 people reported injured and more than 750,000 homes have been destroyed or damaged, according to latest UNOCHA figures (18 May 2015).
Recent political tensions in Burundi have increased uncertainty and fear of violence, leading to displacement in the country, with over 100,000 people reported to have fled in recent days. The Church in Burundi is calling for prayers for peace, while it also responds to the needs of vulnerable people.
In addition to recent political tensions in Burundi, one part of the country has suffered greatly from natural disaster. Torrential rains last month caused landslides south of Bujumbura, the capital city, that have brought destruction and great suffering to people living close to Lake Tanganyika.
“A 7.9 scale earthquake hit Nepal, 80km North West of Kathmandu just before noon local time, and an aftershock of 6.6 hit an hour later and the effect of the quake was devastating,” wrote Rev Lewis Lew, Dean of Nepal Deanery, Diocese of Singapore.
The Anglican Alliance is issuing a call to prayer for refugees and migrants who are risking their lives on a daily basis by crossing the Mediterranean Sea in unsafe and overcrowded vessels to reach Europe. In the latest boat disaster in the Mediterranean, which occurred on the night of 18-19 April, reports have estimated that only 28 survivors were able to be rescued off the coast of Libya from a vessel carrying more than 700 migrants and refugees.