Thursday, January 21, 2010

South African churches and Christians respond to Haiti crisis

The people of Haiti need our bread – give them bread yourselves. (Mk 6.37)
The Earthquake in Haiti last week has left an already devastated country on its knees. The Leaders of the Christian Community in South Africa, gathered in Stellenbosch for a National Church Leaders’ Consultation, having prayed for the people of Haiti, appeal to your generosity. We acknowledge the courageous and heroic acts undertaken by the survivors of this calamity. Let us support the People in Haiti with our bread. Haiti’s devastation will need the whole world to respond.
Immediate needs are for food and water. Many other needs will become clear over the next weeks.

We ask each Church community to offer prayer for the situation. We also ask that each community consider a special collection for disaster relief in Haiti. Due to transport difficulties, it would be better that immediate contributions from South Africa be financial. We appeal to the International Financial Institutions (IMF, World Bank, etc) to cancel Haiti’s considerable international debt, allowing the country to make new start. This would be a significant act of compassion. We appeal to President Zuma to drive an African response at the upcoming African Union summit.
We commend the South African response. May this service be counted as mercy. We are confident that the People of God in South Africa, united behind this response and with the support of the Government, will be able to show our solidarity with a people in need of our Bread.

Details of the bank accounts for the appeal:
Project Caritas: (administered by the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference)
Name: Project Caritas
Bank: Nedbank
Acc No: 1604750693
Swift code: NEDSZAJJ
Bank Code: 160445 Nedbank, Cnr. Andries and Pretorius, Pretoria
Donations should be marked ‘HAITI’.

Beyers Naude Special Fund: (administered by the South African Council of Churches)
Name: Beyers Naude Special Fund
Bank: Nedbank
Acc No: 21901966
Swift code: NEDSZAJJ
Bank Code: 190805 Nedbank, Fox Street, Johannesburg
Donations should be marked ‘HAITI’.
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