Commission on Relief and Development (CONRAD)
What We Do
- disaster preparedness;
- risk reduction;
- timely and effective disaster responses and
- develop holistic, transformational ministry.
CONRAD – Provides regional coordination.
CONRAD – Facilitates intra-regional communications and training.
CONRAD – Organises intra-regional and international responses.
CONRAD therefore strengthens the resolve and resilience of local evangelical churches to transform their Caribbean communities.
The EAC Commission on Relief and Development (CONRAD)
Disaster Preparedness Training Level I
on the Zoom Platform
We have entered a series of round-table events to speak with persons working in the field of relief and development with their churches in their national territories and to assist in strengthening the NEA’s Relief and Development Committee.
We met in the month of March with the Antigua and Barbuda and St Vincent and the Grenadines NEA’s which met and agreed with future meetings between R& D officials and the organising of future training sessions. A disaster preparedness Workshop is planned for the near future.
Earlier this week, Dr. Reynold Murray, President of the Association of Evangelical Churches in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (AECSVG), reported on the impact of
Story by C. Stetson Roland Residents of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the nearby islands woke up to the news this morning that the
La Soufrière Volcanic Eruption
The Commission on Relief and Development (CONRAD) is in touch on a daily basis with our Relief and Development Emergency Committee in St Vincent and the Grenadines. Regular updates are also placed on our website and Facebook pages. We are also passing on information to our National Evangelical Alliance officials in the other 11 nations. Click here for the latest news.
The La Soufriere Volcano in the Northern part of the island of St Vincent is erupting as I pen this update. The Caribbean is faced with regular natural disasters which includes hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The Evangelical churches which has a significant presence in the region has historically responded generously to aiding those who are negatively impacted by these disasters. However our attempts at coming to the aid of our fellow Caribbean citizens has been piece meal and short lived. Other times our assistance has not always been channelled properly and therefore it has not had the desired impact.
The Commission on Relief and Development (CONRAD) is committed to changing that narrative by engaging the region’s evangelical church with a coordinated and unified approach to disaster preparedness and management.
We are now enabling local churches in the Caribbean to be better organised as they serve their local communities. This is done through networking with the National Evangelical Alliances, entering into partnerships with church denominations and church agencies, organising training programmes, strategizing with national emergency officials on disaster policies, procedures and programmes and fund-raising and financing proactive development initiatives.
As we look at the unfolding situation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, let us PRAY, PREPARE and PROVIDE.
- Resettled communities
- National Government and Emergency Officials
- Local Church Leadership and church members
- St. Vincent and the Grenadines national security situation
- CONRAD Emergency Committee
- Create or revisit your own emergency plans and procedures at a personal, at the local church and at the local NEA.
- Develop a Relief and Development Committee at your church, denomination or at a national level
- Send your R & D information to CONRAD
- Take advantage of CONRAD’s training initiatives for disaster preparation
- Join the Caribbean Area Response Emergency Force (CARE Force) a rapid response team.
- Compile emergency related information before a crisis.
- CARE packages of personal items that would be required by persons living in resettlement camps, schools and community centres.
- Organise church and personal fund-raising drives to assist with the on-going needs of persons who would have lost property, crops, livestock and even their livelihoods.
- Donate to the Greater Caribbean Area Development Fund (GARD Fund) our financial facility from which we draw for emergency relief.