New Apostolic Church USA

2006

Over the past years, the local New Apostolic Church near Lancaster, Pennsylvania had developed a relationship with the Amish community in the area, resulting in joint events and fellowships between the groups. The horrifying events of the school house shooting of October 2, 2006 in Paradise, PA shocked the nation. In special recognition of the bond between the local New Apostolic Church community and the Amish people, the WRF made a contribution to the Nickel Mine’s Children Fund which assisted the victims and their families in this tragedy.

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2006

Project Size:  $50,000

On May 28, 2006, a major earthquake struck the Yogyakarta area on the Java island of Indonesia. Much of the local infrastructure was destroyed, and many people, displaced from their homes, were under the constant threat of disease outbreaks.

Due to the amount of support and funding needed, relief entities of the New Apostolic Church around the globe entered into a joint funding agreement for this project, coordinated by NAK Karitativ. The WRF supported this project with a grant of $50,000.

This project has funded the rebuilding of much needed infrastructure like roads, schools, housing, and hospitals, with the objective to complete sound construction in the shortest time possible to allow the population to return to a more normal life.

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2006

In February of 2006, members of the New Apostolic Church in the Pennsylvania district collected significant amounts of winter clothing for the victims of the severe earthquake which took place in the Kashmir region of Pakistan at the end of 2005. The WRF funded the shipping and customs charges to transport these supplies to Pakistan. The shipments were cleared as emergency relief donations and provided to the affected population in Kashmir.

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2006

For many years the northern part of Uganda was inaccessible due to an ongoing civil war. Much of the population survived these years in refugee camps along the Ugandan/Sudanese border with little hope of returning to their ancestory villages. In 2005, some of the larger cities in this area became accessible as Ugandan government forces were able to suppress the rebel factions.

When the area became open to outsiders, local ministers of the New Apostolic Church Uganda began to visit the refugee camps and assist the displaced people in returning home. With many larger humanitarian organizations providing food relief, the WRF joined the effort by providing sturdy blankets for transport and weather protection, and mosquito nets to protect against malaria. In a second round of support, the WRF directly joined food relief efforts by purchasing and delivering staple foods like posho and beans to the affected areas.

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2007-2008

Project Size: $50,000

In August of 2007, a magnitude 8.0 earthquake hit the central coast of Peru, resulting in widespread destruction and loss of life. Access to the affected areas became difficult, if not impossible. The WRF worked with representatives to coordinate medium-term relief efforts with the local government. Special emphasis was placed on providing shelter for the homeless and distributing food and clean water supplies. Due to the size of this project, NAK karitativ committed to fund this project jointly with the WRF.

The WRF set up food & water distribution centers in various buildings of the New Apostolic Church Peru in the affected areas, and funded the purchase of staple foods and bottled water for six months after the earthquake. Tents were purchased to allow for shelter during bad weather. With increasing accessibility and full-scale governmental support in the affected areas, WRF concluded this project in March of 2008.

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2007-2008

Project Size: $150,000

Due to persistent drought conditions in central Africa, conditions in western Kenya deteriorated dramatically towards the end of 2005. Much of the local population was in danger of severe malnutrition and starvation. The WRF partnered with NAK Karitativ, an affiliated humanitarian organization based in Dortmund, Germany, to implement a two-step relief program based on the suggestions of local staff.

 

Step 1: Immediate Food Relief

In cooperation with a local supply partner, the WRF sourced more than 930 industry-sized bags of the major food staple, white maize, and contracted a local humanitarian relief partner with existing infrastructure to transport and distribute these supplies. Fifteen local village and township centers in the most affected areas served as distribution points where supplies were dispersed to the general population.

 

Step 2: Long-Term Water Supply

The WRF then took steps to explore deep-well drilling in drought areas to improve long-term conditions. These wells are intended to provide fresh, clean water to the surrounding neighborhoods, even during drought conditions, and may also be used for agricultural irrigation depending on the water supply available.

After geological survey work was conducted to identify suitable locations, two local drilling companies started work on a total of seven wells, located in the communities of Kyandali, Masouni, Mitalani, Kiwanza, Twamwia, Kamalulalani, Katumbi. Drilling of all wells was completed in early 2007. Together with the New Apostolic Church Kenya, the WRF is now developing a training & maintenance program for local users to ensure that the wells remain functional and productive as clean water resources.

The WRF has encouraged the New Apostolic Church Kenya to continue installing wells even after the available project funding is exhausted. The local religious and administrative leadership team has committed to do so.

Published in re Charitable

2008

Project Size: $10,000

In response to a major earthquake in China, the WRF coordinated a fundraising effort on behalf of the New Apostolic Church USA. A $10,000 contribution was made to the Red Cross China Relief effort.

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2007 - 2008

Project Size: $10,000

When Hurricane Noel hit the Dominican Republic at the end of October 2007, massive flooding affected major areas of the country. Thousands people were displaced and threatened with severe health conditions due to unsanitary water conditions.

The WRF provided funding to source, transport and distribute water & food supplies to the affected areas until cleanup and rebuilding activities could take a firm hold. A team of local representatives of New Apostolic Church USA coordinated these activities, supporting in total more than 50 families.

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2008

Project Size: $25,000

After disputed elections at the end of 2008, civil unrest broke out in major parts of Kenya. Ethnic killings as well as displacement of inhabitants affected especially the western parts of the country.

The WRF approved a project grant to provide shelter, food and relocation assistance to parts of the affected population. Operational assistance for this project was donated by the New Apostolic Church Kenya.

Published in re Charitable

2009

Project Size: $5,000

An earthquake in the Pacific caused a series of tsunamis to hit the American and Western Samoa islands in the South Pacific, causing widespread destruction and severely damaged infrastructure along the coast lands. The WRF provided a $5,000 grant to assist in delivering potable water and food supplies to the affected areas.

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