In partnership with Gilgal Mission Trust (GMT) in India, MCC is providing essential supplies to about 2,500 people displaced by torrential monsoon rains in August.
The rains caused flooding and landslides, severely damaging roads, homes, livelihoods and other property. An estimated 500 people died and while many people are returning home as the waters recede, about 540,000 remain in camps and temporary accommodation.
Access to clean water and food is a challenge, and outbreaks of waterborne diseases are increasing.
MCC is assisting people returning home in the Palakkad district of Kerala State, primarily focusing on migrant labourers and other vulnerable families. Five hundred households will receive tarps, food baskets, cooking utensils, cleaning and hygiene items.
GMT is a member of the Mennonite Christian Service Fellowship of India and has been an MCC partner since 2011. GMT also is an international affiliate of Conservative Mennonite Conference (CMC), a sponsoring denomination of MCC in the U.S. MCC and CMC are working together to raise money for this project.