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Updated September 2

In late July, the Lutheran Church in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) sent us a plea asking us for emergency, life-saving food and basic necessities for displaced people around Bouar and Baboua, two of the cities where the church has a strong presence.

I’m grateful to God that we met and exceeded the goal. We were able to transfer funds to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in C.A.R. (EEL-RCA) so they could in turn quickly order needed supplies and food and organize themselves for distribution.

The Current Crisis

C.A.R. is in its most acute humanitarian crisis in five years. More than half the country’s population is in desperate need of humanitarian assistance and protection due to violence, population displacement, surging food prices triggered by Covid-19’s impact, and declining agricultural production caused by floods. [UN Security Council Report]

Meanwhile, half the children are out of school, and cases of acute malnutrition among children under 5 has increased more than 16% since January.

Central African men, women and children have fled their homes and seek shelter around the Lutheran Theology and Biblical School in Baboua, C.A.R.

On July 30, the president of the Lutheran Church in C.A.R. wrote:

Dear partner,

Receive our warm and fraternal greetings in Jesus Christ our Savior… For several weeks, it has rarely rained, but [there’s also] no sun. And this has impacted the drying of cassava, the staple food of the Central African population.

I hereby come to seek emergency assistance for the displaced, approximately 700 people.

In fact, in Baboua, the Theology and Biblical school shelters more than 300 people. And around Bouar, three to four sites shelter almost 400 others in miserable conditions. As Church, we want to come to their aid. Unfortunately, our means are limited and we appeal to you.

Sincerely, Pastor J. NGOE

The Church’s Request

OSEEL, the social service arm of the Lutheran Church in C.A.R. is requesting:

  • $ 9,212 for emergency food kits (rice, beans, oil)
  • $28,294 for basic necessities (sleeping mats, blankets, soap, etc)
  • $ 2,178 to support the cost of distribution

We need to raise $39,647 to help 658 people by Friday, August 13. We have reached our initial goal of $39,647, but need additional support to continue to provide for needs in C.A.R. over the coming weeks.

That’s just $60.25 to provide one person with basic support to help them get through this crisis.

Your gifts will provide immediate financial support. Supplies will be purchased locally in CAR, which allows the church to move quickly and helps support the local economy.

Why LPGM? Why Now?

For several months, we have been working with the Lutheran Church in C.A.R. to plan a new women’s literacy program, a continuation of our mission and long-standing partnership.

LPGM’s mission is focused on providing access to quality education to people on the margins — especially for women and girls. But students cannot learn when they are at risk of starvation.

This is an acute crisis that affects our shared mission: to listen, respond and bear witness to local needs and priorities.

Thank you for helping how you can.

Will you help with this emergency need, listening and responding to the voices of Central Africans?

May God bless you for your dedication and attention to this crisis!

P.S. This $40,000 is over-and-above what we had budgeted this year, so I’m hoping you’ll do the same, and give in addition to what you have already dedicated to LPGM. May God bless you for responding and for praying for the people of C.A.R.

Author Dan Ruth

Dan Ruth is the executive director of LPGM and an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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