World Concern

World Concern provides life, opportunity and hope to suffering people around the world through disaster response and development programs. Motivated by our love of Christ, we bring hope and reconciliation to those we serve, so they may in turn share with others.
Mar 18, 2015

Your gift is keeping girls like Encise in school!

Your gift is helping Encise stay in school!
Your gift is helping Encise stay in school!

Your gift of a goat is ensuring girls in Haiti, like Encise (pictured above) stay in school – thank you!

If Encise looks familiar to you, it’s because her photo was used in Global Giving’s matching donation campaign. She’s also on the cover of our Global Gift Guide this year! We thought it would be fun to share her story with you.

Encise is well-known to our staff in Haiti and others in her community because of her success in school – thanks to gifts like yours that provide goats for girls in Haiti. At 15, she’s in 7th grade this year and studying hard. Next year, she’ll attend high school in a nearby town.

“I want to be a nurse,” shared Encise, “so I can help people who have sicknesses.”

Encise’s goat has given birth several times – to two kid goats each time! She sold the first two goats at the market in town and earned enough to pay for school this year. She has kept two more kid goats “in the bank,” ready to sell when needed.

Goats are the most common small animal in rural Haiti and therefore are in high demand. Students like Encise are able to raise the goat that has been given to them and then sell the offspring to help pay for school—tuition, uniforms, books, and supplies.

Your gift of a goat for a girl in Haiti is helping her stay in school, changing her future, and the future of her entire community.

Encise with her goat in front of her home in Haiti
Encise with her goat in front of her home in Haiti
Encise wit her mom and sister.
Encise wit her mom and sister.
Mar 6, 2015

Your gift is protecting Van from traffickers

Your gift is helping Van learn to sew!
Your gift is helping Van learn to sew!

Although she had to drop out of school in 5th grade because her family couldn’t afford it, 13-year-old Van is one smart girl. She lives in a village in Laos, just a few miles from Thailand, where young girls are frequently trafficked across the border. But because of you, Van has learned and is applying some very important lessons to her life.

“Don’t go to Thailand, even if someone tells you that you can earn more money there,” she declares adamantly. “Some of my friends have gone there and had very bad experiences.”

And another thing, “Be smart. Don’t do drugs,” she warns.

Van learned these important lessons from her Youth Campaign Group through World Concern’s Child Protection program in Laos. Your gift makes it possible for girls like Van to attend the program.

“Before I joined, I had seen on Thai news the danger of drugs and trafficking that girls my age are facing. It’s really scary,” she said. “But I learned from the trainers – they taught us how to respond when we are in danger. They taught us how to avoid being trafficked. I became more aware of the dangers around me and how to protect myself.”

Van and her friends are intent on helping other girls and boys stay safe in their area by spreading this message far and wide. Their group will help train kids in eight other villages next month.

In addition to these vital lessons in staying safe, Van is learning sewing, basket making, and other job skills which will help her earn enough income safely at home and even pay for school.

Your gift is protecting girls like Van from trafficking. Thank you!

Feb 18, 2015

Your Gift Helped Feed Eliza's Children

Because of you, Eliza received food for her kids.
Because of you, Eliza received food for her kids.

Your gift is helping provide emergency food and assistance to displaced families in South Sudan. With your help, 241 tons of food was distributed last month, feeding 18,331 hungry people. Thank you for helping make this possible!

Despite more than a year passing since violence broke out in South Sudan, millions are still displaced and need help. Your gift is reaching those in need. One of those you helped is a mom named Eliza.

Eliza’s bright smile conceals the fact she spent the past 12 hours in the open cold, waiting for food. Although she lives only 5 km from the food distribution center in Wau, spending the night outside its gates means she will be among the first in line, and this is especially important for the mother of 9.

“If I sleep at home, I won’t have a chance to receive food today,” she said. The middle-aged widow is among 9,000 displaced persons who received food rations from World Concern during a 3-day food distribution in Wau.

For Eliza, “life has not been so good,” she said reflecting on the past year after fleeing her home when fighting broke out.

But the emergency rations of cereals, grains, oil, and salt are a huge relief for her, as she is assured that her children can eat. Your gift is helping save lives, like Eliza’s children.

As we usher in 2015, we are leading communities in South Sudan to move beyond crisis towards lasting change. In addition to providing emergency food and assistance, your gift helps provide long-term assistance including seeds, farming tools, and agricultural training. In this way, families in South Sudan can avoid famine by planting crops for the coming months.

Thank you for walking alongside the families in South Sudan into recovery and helping them rebuild their lives.

Eliza smiles as she receives food for her kids.
Eliza smiles as she receives food for her kids.
With your help thousands of families received food
With your help thousands of families received food

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