This year's offering is divided between 2 international efforts: agricultural support efforts in Haiti and Community Climate Resilience Centers in five villages in Bangladesh
EAD 2021's Worship Offering will be divided between two international relief efforts supported by EAD sponsors.
1) Agriculture efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change for families and communities in Haiti, supported by Church World Service
Climate change has taken a toll on the Northwest of Haiti. Frequent hurricanes have slammed the region, and droughts are getting worse. Through this program, farmers are learning new techniques to adapt. Soil conservation, for example, helps them increase their yields while preventing erosion. Tree nurseries offer nutrition and income while protecting land. Farmers are accessing seeds to replace their lost harvests and planting drought-resistant crops. Families are now raising livestock like cows or sheep for income and nutrition. New cisterns mean improved water access for hygiene, cooking, livestock and gardens. Finally, families and communities are building stronger houses and schools. As a result, they will be safer when the next disaster strikes. Church World Service supports this work through our local partner, the Association of Evangelical Groups of Haiti for the Preaching of the World and the Development of a New Generation (AGEHPMDNG).
2) Community Climate Resilience Centers in Bangladesh, supported by Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ
The Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh (CCDB) Climate Change Resilient Agriculture project trains farmers in innovative and efficient uses of climate adaptation and mitigation techniques and technologies. CCDB has opened five “Community Climate Resilience Centers” in five coastal villages, which are operated by local residents. Currently, the focus is to respond to the amount of saline in soil and groundwater. This affects agricultural activities and can create a safe drinking water crisis. It is caused by regular cyclones, tidal flooding, and riverbank erosion. The Community Climate Resilience Centers provide capacity-building courses and use funds from community contributions to implement various actions in collaboration with local governments. These actions include climate change risk assessments for households, climate resilient agriculture and livelihood opportunities, and installing freshwater technologies to increase access to fresh water.
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