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Archive for : Disaster Relief & Recovery

Photo Essay: Three Faces of Service – Japan, Alabama, Senegal (Part 1)

This photo essay is the first of three in the “Three Faces of Service – Japan, Alabama, Sengegal” series. The photos were contributed by Andrew Scheer.

When disaster strikes, it is a natural human response to want to help those who are suffering. We donate money to organizations helping the afflicted area. We organize clothing and food drives. We go and assist with the clean up efforts. But sometimes, we feel compelled to do even more.

In a year rife with natural disasters that devastated communities across the globe, Andrew Scheer, a rabbinical student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT) in New York, went on three unique service trips. He traveled to Japan after the earthquake, to Birmingham, Alabama after the tornadoes, and to Senegal on a Rabbinical School Delegation trip with American Jewish World Service (AJWS).
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The Long Road to Recovery in Tornado Struck Alabama and Missouri

The following is an excerpt from a story in the New York Times about the ongoing recovery efforts in Joplin, Missouri and other cities ravaged by disasters over the last year. In many cases the clean up and community rebuilding is slow going and in need of ongoing support. Read on…

Mother Nature is not like typical moms who tell their kids to clean up their messes. Mother Nature makes messes, and big ones.

So long after the natural disasters — whether floods, fires, hurricanes, earthquakes or tornadoes — and even after people find places to stay once their homes have been destroyed, somebody still has to take out the trash.

And there is a tremendous amount of the stuff. In Alabama and Missouri, residents are still digging out from this year’s tragic swarm of tornadoes. The Army Corps of Engineers estimates that the debris it has picked up in Alabama is enough to cover 172 miles of a 24-foot-wide highway to a depth of six feet, a thoroughfare of detritus that would stretch from New York City to Harrisburg, Pa.
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