In partnership with Sanitarium, Hope Channel and the Adventist church in New Zealand, ADRA has helped to provide food hampers to the families impacted by the Christchurch terror attacks. Thank you to all who volunteered, sponsored and supported this effort. Our prayers and thoughts remain with the Muslim community impacted by this tragedy.
We at ADRA, stand alongside our supporters and the faith community, in particular the Seventh-day Adventist Church as we collectively mourn and reach out to those impacted.
As ADRA, we have been in contact with the crisis response coordination body in Christchurch through our Seventh-day Adventist leaders in the area. The advice received at this point is to offer love, sympathy and space for the impacted families to grieve. Further meetings will take place this week to determine how ADRA can be of service.
In the meantime, please note the following:
+ IMMEDIATE MENTAL WELLBEING SUPPORT
- Mental Wellbeing Support – The District Health Board has trained counsellors available, so if anyone requires mental wellbeing support or advice they can call or text 1737.
- Victim Support – support is available at a number of well-known call-lines including Manaaki Tangata Victim Support, and Aotearoa Resettlement Community Coalition in Christchurch.
+ DONATIONS IN SUPPORT OF VICTIMS AND FAMILIES
- Donations received will be distributed to the victims and families affected by the Christchurch shooting. Donations can also be provided through the Al Manar Trust (emergency appeal) and GiveALittle platforms.
+ FURTHER RESOURCES
You may find the following resources helpful for your family, friends or your own wellbeing:
- How to talk to children about violence and terrorism
- How to cope with traumatic media
- How to help with traumatic stress
- How to maintain workplace mental wellbeing
- How to maintain personal mental wellbeing
This week we encourage each of you to take time to pray for the affected families, for the Muslim community at large in New Zealand, and for the people of Christchurch. Let’s do whatever we can to make a difference, whether it is writing a card to the families of victims, giving flowers or making a donation.
I would like to leave a verse with you as a reminder of our responsibility during these difficult times found in John 13:35 which says: “Love one another. As I have loved you…. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples”.
Chief Executive Officer