Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA)
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is the disaster response program of the 2.4 million-member Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, PDA has reached across the United States and around the world since 1946, providing emergency relief, volunteer support, financial assistance and help with restoring livelihoods for those caught in the wake of natural or human-caused disasters.
PDA responds annually to approximately 30 international disasters and 20 in the United States, specializing in long-term recovery work. In addition to its ongoing recovery activities related to the 2004 tsunami, PDA is supporting the re-integration of ex-combatants in Liberia; food security projects in eight countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, and Malawi; humanitarian relief for displaced people in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Sudan; and provision of basic necessities following typhoons, earthquakes, and other storms in various countries.
Each year thousands of PDA volunteers help rebuild homes, restoring what wind and water have destroyed and encouraging homeowners to hold on to hope. PDA remains active in the U.S. Gulf Coast responding to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita (2005) and Hurricane Ike (2008), and also to flooding in Iowa and elsewhere. We anticipate opportunities for new responses in the coming year. Volunteers will be needed, and there will be many places for service.
Generous donors and volunteers enable a far-reaching, meaningful response. PDA’s core budget comes from the annual One Great Hour of Sharing offering. Additional designated giving provides for greater response to specific disasters. PDA does not directly receive any federal funds.
PDA disaster recovery grants provide food for the hungry, shelter for those left homeless, and support for communities that have lost income, crops, safety, and often even loved ones. Trauma recovery and peace-building are important activities to help those left vulnerable – often women and children.
PDA adheres to the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief, ensuring that we do not discriminate based on ethnicity, religion or political opinion. PDA does not proselytize or promote any particular political viewpoint, but provides relief and recovery services in a neutral, independent, impartial manner, based on the needs of the vulnerable people we serve.
PDA responds both directly and through mission and ecumenical partners working toward humanitarian relief. PDA is a member of Interaction, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (NVOAD), Action by Churches Together (ACT) International, Church World Service (CWS) and Foods Resource Bank (FRB). PDA is especially thankful for the coordinated response of ACT and the work of our local Indonesian partners that has made the recovery efforts possible: Yayasan Tanggul Bencana (YTB), YAKKUM Emergency Unit (YEU), Church World Service (CWS) Indonesia.You can make a difference.
Find out how at http://www.pcusa.org/pda/help.htm.