Urgent Disaster Relief: Devastating Flooding in Southwestern Uganda

Roads washed away, homes damaged

ARDF is accepting donations on behalf of the Anglican Diocese of South Rwenzori, Uganda to aid in relief efforts following devastating flooding that began on May 1st.

We urge you to support this much needed disaster relief work: Click here to donate online.

Checks may be sent to the ARDF lockbox:  ARDF, PO Box 3830, Pittsburgh, PA  15230-3830 with a note in the memo line of the check “Rwenzori Uganda Flood.”

All gifts are used as designated.  However, in the unlikely event that a relief effort becomes over-funded, your gift will be applied to another disaster need as they arise. 85% of funds donated will be used for the relief and recovery in the affected areas with 15% used for administrative costs including credit card fees.

Below you will find more information about this urgent situation including a press released from the Diocese of South Rwenzori and videos from local Ugandan TV stations:

Press release: Bishop of South Rwenzori Diocese Appeals for Support after Devastating Floods

The Diocese of South Rwenzori was ravaged by flooding on 1st May 2013 after a long, heavy downpour of rain. Every river in the Diocese burst its banks and wrought destruction on roads, gardens, and homes.

Five people have been confirmed dead and 3,000 people have been displaced from their homes.

The hardest hit areas were Kilembe, Kasese Municipality, Maliba, Kyarumba, and Kisinga. Fifty buildings in Kilembe Valley and twenty buildings in Nyamwamba Zone of Kasese Town have been destroyed; five bridges in the Diocese have been washed away.

Bishop Jackson Nzerebende, Bishop of the Diocese of South Rwenzori, is appealing for support.  “There is an immediate need for food, tents, bedding, household items, water tanks, drugs, and three standby ambulances,” he said.

Bishop Nzerebende further emphasized their long-term needs in three areas: (1) rebuilding infrastructure, (2) rebuilding homes, and (3) intensive rehabilitation of those affected by the floods.  “Our long-term needs,” he said, “are building materials, road construction materials, electrical poles and wires, rebuilding of five bridges, counselors, prayer, and an intensive rehabilitation programme.”

NTV Uganda Report (May 6th):

Earlier NTV Reports:

May 2 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlsY77SiBzA&feature=em-uploademail

May  3 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kANu7O82iSM&feature=em-uploademail

May 4 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXj4TSxHyD0&feature=em-uploademail

May 5 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CesNYVs3lpo&feature=em-uploademail

May 6  – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gt3xpV4j0Hc&feature=em-uploademail

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