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North Carolina church fires: rebuilding in the spirit of community

Samaritan's Purse

Samaritan’s Purse site manager Wayne Shoemaker (center) and director Todd Taylor (right) with AFSC Greensboro staff member Toni Etheridge.

A string of half a dozen Southern Black churches burned days after nine African American worshippers were gunned down during bible service at Emmanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The alleged individual responsible for the shooting, a 21-year-old white male, reportedly wanted to start a race war. Previous news reports like this one question reliable linkage to hate crimes. A few of the fires were ruled arson after an investigation. One fire hit close to home: Briar Creek Road Baptist church in Charlotte, North Carolina fell victim to arson.

Kids displaced by December floods in Gaza receive school supplies, winter clothes

Unprecedented levels of rain and snow on the Gaza Strip left thousands of Palestinians homeless, stranded, and cold this winter.

 Mohammed Shbeir, 11, lives in one of the lowest regions of Gaza, near the Sheikh Radwan pool. This pool, which collects rainwater, flooded after it was unable to absorb the flow of 4.5 feet of rainfall this winter.

Responding to Humanitarian Crises

Humanitarian Needs

Man looks at aftermath of tsunami.

AFSC views humanitarian relief as an extension of our work on Peacebuilding and Economic Justice.  We strive to help people maintain their dignity, and rebuild peaceful and vibrate communities.

Iowa - Immigrant Paperwork Assistance

To make an appointment for assistance with immigration paperwork, please contact  Jody Mashek, Legal Services Director. Jody meets with walk-in clients on Tuesdays from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Please contact Jody if you're interested in volunteering with this effort.

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AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more

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