Mennonite Sale & Auction for World Relief
Saturday, November 11, 2017 in Houston, TX
Blessing Bids is a time during the auction where you can donate directly to Mennonite Central Committee or Mennonote Disaster Service projects
by raising your bidder card. All donations are greatly appreciated.
In August and early September while we were concerned with Hurricane Harvey, more than two weeks of non-stop rain fell in parts of South Asia. Bangladesh was particularly hard hit with one third of the country under water for a time. More than 1.7 million people were displaced and more than 1,200 people lost their lives. The flooding destroyed homes, crops and livestock and has increased the risk of water-borne diseases. Dengue fever and malaria, both transmitted by mosquitoes have been on the rise.
MCC's initial response has included emergency food and water assistance, hygiene and cooking supplies, and tarps for shelter. Assistance has also included mosquito nets and blankets.
Plans are currently being developed for a longer term response that will include agricultural recovery and rehabilitation work with families to distribute seeds and fertilizer for the winter planting season.
Hurricane Harvey Response - Southeast Texas
Within a few days after Hurricane Harvey made landfall, Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) began their work. Initial efforts were focused in the Aransas Pass area where Harvey made landfall. Very soon after that, MDS begin working in the town of Bloomington. Located in southern Victoria County, this town of about 3,000 people was hard hit by hurricane force winds, resulting in extensive roof and structural damage to homes. Despite the location off the beaten path and the absence of television cameras and public attention, this community was in dire need. MDS has continued to work in Bloomington and the surrounding community, initially focusing on debris removal and placement of tarps on damaged roofs. Since then the work has continued with a focus on repair and rebuilding of damaged homes.
Mennonite Disaster Service is committed to working in southeast Texas for a long time and continues to develop long-range plans that will effectively