Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company normally spends this time of year with our thoughts turned to the renewal and regeneration of the garden. Instead, they are now turned towards those facing unfathomable loss of home, farm, and loved ones from the recent flooding in the United States, Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. Being a company of small farmers, we understand the devastation that weather can cause, and our hearts go out to those who are experiencing this life-changing grief.
In addition to the prayers that we are sending for recovery, we want to do more. Many need IMMEDIATE assistance of food, water, shelter, and medicine; this takes money. In an effort to get that immediate aid to those who need it, Baker Creek is running a 3-day fundraiser in which we will donate 100% of the seed sales to charities providing relief to those most affected by these global tragedies.
We have selected one charity per day from March 26 - March 28, 2019.
All seed orders made on those days will go directly to these charities.
ADRA has been on the ground responding since the aftermath of Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. In total, more than 1.6 million people are being affected throughout the three countries. ADRA is providing food, hygiene kits, shelter kits, and tarps with the assistance of a UN flight convoy. Though the cyclone has passed, heavy rains continue to fall, causing flood waters to rise. Among those affected are students; over 200 classrooms are reported to have been destroyed in four provinces in Mozambique. ADRA is working with local authorities, humanitarian organizations, and local Adventist churches in order to avoid duplication of aid relief and mobilize additional resources in Zimbabwe.
The Salvation Army of Nebraska is in action in northeast Nebraska and western Iowa, working alongside first responders and authorities to provide relief to thousands of our neighbors as flooding has displaced families, destroyed homes, and devastated communities. The damage from this record-breaking flooding has so far been estimated at $1.3 billion. The Salvation Army has served over 10,000 meals with more than 10 mobile kitchens and 3,000 volunteer hours moving around flood-affected areas of western Iowa and eastern Nebraska. That number will be much higher over the next few weeks. Donations will be used to continue this ongoing work.
World Help is helping the thousands of people affected by flooding when the cyclone
left 500,000 residents from the Port of Beira without power or means of communication. In cooperation with their ministry partners, World Help is aiming to reach 1,000 households, approximately 5,000 people, over the next few months. The Government of Mozambique estimates that more than 1,000 people may have died, with 600,000 persons affected in the northern provinces. Mark Hogsed, vice president of global programs for World Help
said, "An estimated 1,000 homes were washed away and damaged. About 15,000 people were affected directly are now homeless.”
Please place your seed order online at www.rareseeds.com and all proceeds will go to assist flood victims.
If you lost your home garden to these floods, please email your story and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org a home garden re-start kit. Please include the words FLOOD RECOVERY in the subject line.
Thanks so much for helping us get families back on track.
Jere Gettle and The Baker Creek Family