Earthquakes, tsunamis, fuel tanker explosions and volcanic explosions: Our member churches often suffer the effects of natural catastrophes or other misfortunes. Fast and effective aid is of utmost importance in the hour of need. Then UEM stands at the side of its members.
In the moments of need the UEM answers the calls, providing funds and expertise. The UEM also supports medium-term and long-term projects, for example reconstruction; trauma therapy; projects that enable people to return to their livelihoods, and community building projects.
Among the many natural catastrophes that occur every year in Southeast Asia, the tsunami of 2004 was without a doubt the worst. Altogether, over 200,000 people died in the floods, many of them members of one of our member churches in Indonesia or Sri Lanka. Thousands became homeless, were injured and traumatised, and lost everything they owned.
In dealing with the effects of the tsunami and the large earthquake on the island of Nias four months later, our member churches accomplished a great deal. Many emergency aid programs met people’s immediate needs after the catastrophe. Everyone received aid, regardless of religious affiliation, race, or gender. In this way, in many places barriers between people were overcome, old enmities were put aside, and people once again took steps toward one another.
The typhoon Haiyan in 2013 left thousands of people dead and millions homeless. Our member church in the Philippines is engaged in the rebuilding of the country and the whole UEM family supports its work.
Our member churches in Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the Philippines continue to be active in medium- and long-term programmes to promote the reconstruction of the areas hit by the tsunami, the typhoon, earthquakes and volcano eruptions. Many emergency relief operations have already been necessary in Congo, Tanzania or Namibia after explosions, floods, landslides and droughts.
Most projects can only be realised with the help of donations. If you want to help, please visit our projects and donations pages.