BIC World Hunger Fund supports recovery efforts in Haiti

—As recovery efforts in Haiti continue following the January 12th 7.0-magnitude earthquake that shook the country’s capital city of Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas, Brethren in Christ across North America are responding to the needs of the island nation and its people. To date, individual donors and churches have generously given $11,950 (Cdn.) and $3,000 (USD) to Haiti relief through the BIC World Hunger Fund (WHF).

Because the BIC Church does not have an official presence in Haiti, the World Hunger Fund has disbursed the gifts through its affiliate Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and several other organizations within which there is a significant BIC contingent. Through the BIC World Hunger Fund and MCC, Chick Babcock, who attends Grantham (Pa.) BIC, was able to travel to Haiti with a team of structural engineers to evaluate the safety of damaged buildings there. Read more about Babcock and his work in this article released by MCC: “Structural engineers assess building damage."

If you would like to join in supporting Haiti and the relief work being done there, please consider giving to the BIC World Hunger Fund. For more than 30 years, the WHF, partnering with sister BIC Conferences and MCC, has provided a way for BIC churches and individuals in Canada and the U.S. to offer relief assistance (e.g., food rations, flood recovery, school supplies, and housing) to their global neighbors.

Checks and online gifts designated to “World Hunger Fund—MCC Haiti” will go 100 percent to our affiliate MCC. Gifts designated to “World Hunger Fund—Haiti” will be distributed according to our standard policy, available on the WHF website.

In the U.S.: Donations can be made online by selecting “World Hunger Fund.” Additionally, you can mail your check to the Brethren in Christ Church Offices at 431 Grantham Rd, PO Box A, Grantham, PA 17027. When giving by check, please make it out to “General Conference of the Brethren in Christ, Inc."

In Canada: Donations can be made online by selecting “World Hunger Fund.” However, donors will not be eligible to receive tax credit for any gifts made online, nor will they qualify for the donation match by the Canadian International Development Agency. Cheques should be made out to the “Canadian Conference of the Brethren in Christ Church” and sent directly to the Canadian Conference of the BIC Church: 2700 Bristol Circle, Oakville, ON L6H 6E1. Gifts by cheque will be eligible for tax credit. Through February 12, 2010, all cheques to the World Hunger Fund marked "Haiti relief—MCC" will be matched by the Canadian International Development Agency.

Additional information is available at the BIC World Hunger Fund website .