Sunday, January 12, 2014
There are no doubts that the quake that hit Haiti on January 12, 2010 was devastating; the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives, more than one million people forced into shelters made of whatever could be salvaged, businesses and livelihoods lost and a nation trying to make sense of it.
Monday, April 29, 2013
As we witnessed with the disastrous 7.0-magnitude earthquake that hit China’s Sichuan Province last weekend, killing over 189 and injury many more, earthquakes can be both incredibly dangerous…
Monday, April 22, 2013
China, Sichuan Province (April 22, 2013) – The Salvation Army is responding after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit China’s Sichuan Province on Saturday, April 20th. Nearly 200 people are…
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
“Ansanm, ansanm n’a Rive” is a Haitian Creole phrase that conveys the idea of working together to achieve a goal or task, and that’s exactly what The Salvation…
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Among the 25,000 attendees at the 19th annual International Aids Conference happening right now in Washington, DC are representatives of The Salvation Army’s World Service Office (SAWSO). This event is just one more way for SAWSO employees to hear the latest scientific developments on the disease and learn more about the global response to HIV.
Friday, April 13, 2012
As 2011 showed us, earthquakes can shake the ground just about anywhere in the world.
2012 is no different. Only four months into the year and there have already been a reported 4,218 earthquakes worldwide. Unlike other natural disasters, you can’t see an earthquake coming your way; the time to prepare is well before the actual event. So, it’s more than fitting that April is Earthquake Preparedness Month!
Thursday, January 12, 2012
“There is a city to build. There is a country to save. Do not be an observer, become a builder.”
In January 2011, one year after a 7.0 earthquake rocked the country of Haiti, these inspirational words were spoken at a Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving in Port-au-Prince. The speaker was Divisional Commander Major Lucien Lamartiniere, himself a victim of the disaster.
Friday, May 13, 2011
The Telegraph documents the destruction in Lorca, Spain following this week’s earthquake.
The Salvation Army Spain is striking back at the earthquake that hit the town of Lorca in Murcia, Spain on May 11. The 5.1-magnitude quake and 4.4-magnitude tremor killed 9 people and damaged 80% of the town’s buildings.
Salvation Army officers traveled to Lorca to assess the area and spoke with the Spanish military and the Red Cross who are coordinating the emergency response.
As is the case with many earthquakes, people are afraid to be indoors should another quake strike. Many are sleeping in tents put up by the Spanish military while others, including families with small children, are spending the night in the open. Some are even sleeping in their cars.
Lorca citizens are in need of food, hot drinks and blankets, but the main need is for shelter. The Salvation Army’s International Headquarters has provided $10,000 to help meet these needs.
If you’d like to support our relief work in southern Spain, you can click here or visit www.salvationarmyusa.org. Please designate your contribution for “Spain Earthquake” in the Specific Use field. Any and all support is greatly appreciated!
Monday, April 18, 2011
On April 18, 1906, 125 years ago today, the city of San Francisco was shattered by a magnitude 8.25 earthquake. Three days of fires followed, as many as 3,000 people lost their lives, and 225,000 of the city’s 400,000 citizens were left homeless. All but two of the Salvation Army’s buildings in San Francisco were destroyed in the earthquake.
Despite their own losses, The Salvation Army was a major part of the recovery and revival of the city following the historic disaster. In the wake of significant human suffering, the loss of their buildings was minor. Salvation Army personnel established feeding stations and shelters throughout San Francisco and into Oakland, meeting refugees as they ferried over. Chinese Salvationists from San Francisco played a major role in feeding thousands of survivors.
News of the efforts reached The Salvation Army’s National Commander Evangeline Booth, daughter of founder William Booth. She appealed to the public in New York for assistance, encouraging them with her father’s words, “Do something! Do the most you can – do it well – do it now!” She raised an astounding $12,000, which would equal more than $300,000 today.
Salvationist spent several weeks caring for those in need and continued to be a part of San Francisco’s long term recovery. Yet, their resolve never faltered.
Commissioner Evangeline Booth reflected on the experience, saying, “The natural hopefulness, I was going to say sunniness, of the California disposition has stood them in good stead; all their troubles and privations have not been able to keep them under. They have spirits like corks and come up with a bounce every time.”
For more information on The Salvation Army’s long history of emergency disaster response, please click here. http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/www_usn_2.nsf/vw-text-dynamic-arrays/190F4B74F5ED5E81852574B70000119F?openDocument
Friday, April 15, 2011
Recently the Chevron Corporation Foundation teamed up with The Salvation Army to help the recovery of New Zealand following the earthquakes that struck in September 2010 and February 2011.
They generously donated $100,000 to our recovery efforts!
The Chevron Corporation has been partners with The Salvation Army New Zealand for several years. Mr. Donald Campbell, a representative from Chevron Corporation’s Government and Public Affairs office, met with The Salvation Army while he was visiting the country.
Our personnel were able to update him on the Army’s ongoing involvement in Christchurch and share with him how their donated funds were being put to good use in the community.
After the discussions Mr. Campbell expressed interest in Chevron becoming further involved in supporting the recovery process.
We appreciate Chevron’s incredible support in helping us rebuild lives in New Zealand. They are a valuable partner in helping The Salvation Army serve others in need!