Emergency Relief and Development Overseas
They say that necessity is the mother of invention. We say we were born to “do good".In 1983 a massive humanitarian crisis began in Ethiopia with widespread famine. When the media began its focused attention and people saw children too weak even to cry, hearts around the world were moved. Leaders within the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada fellowship made an historic decision back then - a decision that would bring focus, energy and resources in a new way to serve the emergency needs of Ethiopia and other countries around the world in years to come.
From the biblical call to “do good”, Emergency Relief & Development Overseas, or ERDO, was born.From a handful of countries, ERDO has grown today to provide aid to 34 countries. We have grown because the world is experiencing more and more humanitarian crises,and because an increasing number of Canadians are responding with Christian compassion.Natural disasters like tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes and cyclones seem to be in our news each day. People are experiencing tragedy with increasing frequency - the tragedy of losing loved ones, their homes and their livelihoods.
In the world's poorest areas, families already struggle to support themselves against a landscape of poverty. When natural disaster strikes or conflict erupts, their struggles multiply.ERDO supports people through these challenging times.
In all we do, we seek to do good, following Christ's compassionate example and helping our neighbours in need. These global emergencies and situations of poverty are heartbreaking. But they are opportunities for us to share God's love by reaching out with compassion and care.“Do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the orphan. Plead for the widow.” Isaiah 1:17
ERDO workers, working from best-practice methodology and results-based measurements, bring short-term relief of food, emergency shelter and clean water in times of crisis and natural disaster. We are focused on four key areas that span from immediate aid to long-term programs: crisis response, food assistance, child sponsorship and community development.Long-term development brings communities to a point where they are self sustaining, and stable.
This is the ultimate goal of ERDO – to “do good”, not just for today, but for the long term. Justice and mercy drive us. Christ's compassion guides us. Your support empowers us.