For the first time, full-time ADRA emergency coordinators will be employed in five South Pacific countries to help prepare for disasters.
The positions in Fiji, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Solomon Islands will strengthen the emergency management capability of the ADRA offices in each country.
ADRA offices in Australia, New Zealand and Germany contributed funds alongside the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific Division through ADRA SPD.
ADRA Australia CEO Mark Webster said he is very grateful for the Church’s support. “ADRA works very closely with the Church to respond to disasters. When people need us, we’re already there and these positions will increase our reach even further.”
Disaster preparedness is key to mitigating the effects of a crisis, Mr Webster said. “Our message is: don’t wait until it’s too late.”
Mr Webster called on church members to dig deep for this month’s disaster and famine relief offering. [pullquote]
“This offering is really important because it helps ensure we are ready to respond the minute a disaster hits. Your support means we can reach more people more effectively.”
The disaster and famine relief offering is on February 18. Visit www.adra.org.au/DFRO to download resources to promote the offering in your church.