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.
Oct 24, 2012

Growing food and businesses in Lietnhom

Veronica Ajok is proud of her crops.
Veronica Ajok is proud of her crops.

October 23, 2012

In spite of ongoing unrest and struggles in the under-developed country of South Sudan, your contributions are making a big difference in the village of Lietnhom for people like Veronica Ajok.

Veronica, the mother of six children, struggled to feed her family in drought conditions. “We rely on rain, and when there is no rain, we don’t have food,” she said. World Concern gave Veronica agricultural training and seeds. “I planted ground nuts and sorghum,” Veronica said. “I will sell the surplus after the harvest.” She hopes to get an ox plow and earn enough money for her children to get an education.

Akot Ajoik is a farmer and teacher with four children. “I try to improve my condition through cultivation,” he says. World Concern helped Akot increase his crop yields with an ox plow and money for hired help. “World Concern has helped me a lot. I was having a problem cultivating my crop. World Concern donated money to me, and I am able to hire people for weeding. The future of this area is improving. With World Concern’s help, we will be able to cultivate more.”

With your support, we’re also providing microloans to help build businesses in this impoverished village.

Peter Madut is the manager of a pharmacy where he has worked for two years. “We started small, and now we are able to expand and build a new pharmacy,” Peter said.  “World Concern loaned us money and allowed us to start this business. It is very good now, and we get something to eat. Now there is something to support our families, and we don’t have challenges like before. World Concern really helped us. Thank you for the support.”

Akot Ajoik cares for his students and his farm.
Akot Ajoik cares for his students and his farm.
Peter Madut grew his business with a microloan.
Peter Madut grew his business with a microloan.

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Aug 16, 2012

Bringing lasting change to the Horn of Africa

A rainwater catchment tank at Benane Primary.
A rainwater catchment tank at Benane Primary.

Your support is helping bring clean water, food and better health to those affected by the ongoing drought in the Horn of Africa.

Hassan is a fifth grade student at Benane Primary school in a drought-stricken town near the Somalia border. He regularly leaves class to collect water from a nearby mud hole fed by a spring, as do 571 other children from the school. This is the main source of water for their town, as well as Somali refugees in a settlement a few miles away, all of whom tromp through the school compound with jerrycans to collect water.

Mr. Murimi, Hassan’s teacher, is excited about a rainwa­ter catchment system installed by World Concern at the school.

“It has been a problem for a long time,” he said. “Ev­ery time water runs out, they have to go fetch.”

World Concern installed rain gutters around the school which feed into six storage tanks. With full tanks, Hassan and others will be able to spend more time learning and playing.

World Concern also built latrines to improve sanitation. Previously, human waste polluted the spring, causing health problems for the entire community.

Our work in the Horn of Africa is transitioning from disaster response to long-term assistance, including farming and agricultural support.

The people of this region are primarily pastoralists who herded cattle and goats until the drought took all their livestock. They have little experience raising crops—so little that some farmers have cut the tassels off corn stock thinking they were harvesting the fruit.

World Concern is showing hungry people a connection between the maize flour they receive from relief agencies and the plants that bear the grain through community crop farming. Locals receive tools, seeds, and farming instructions.

Mama Khadija lost her herd in the drought, but is now learning to farm.

“If its tractors, seeds or advice, bring it, we need it all. Even if the water runs out, we are not leaving our farms,” she said. “I have God with me, and my eyes are open now. If I will still be alive, I think I will be very advanced in two years.”

Thank you for helping bring lasting change to hungry families and thirsty communities in the Horn of Africa.

Mama Khadija working hard on her farm.
Mama Khadija working hard on her farm.
Jul 26, 2012

Better crops feed the hungry in Lietnhom.

Manut is growing bigger, better crops.
Manut is growing bigger, better crops.

Your support is helping transform lives in Lietnhom, South Sudan already!  We’ve just completed a seed distribution in the area, providing high-yield, drought-resistant seeds to farmers.

We’re also helping them grow better crops with irrigation tools, like treadle pumps. A treadle pump is similar to a stair-stepper machine. It uses human energy to lift water from an underground source to water crops. Such an innovative tool!

Manut Magol lives in Lietnhom and received a treadle pump. Although he’s been farming since childhood, Manut was struggling to grow vegetables with the few skills he’d learned from his mother. He watered his crops by carrying water in a hollowed-out gourd.

“This was only possible on a small scale,” said Manut. Can you imagine trying to water a field by hand-carrying water in a gourd?

“The beginning of the year came with surprises as World Concern provided me with a treadle pump,” he said. “This has helped me produce a variety of vegetables on a bigger scale.”

Manut is growing cabbage, kale, herbs and more. Other farmers are excited to learn from him when they see the progress he’s made with his farm.

Your support means families like Manut’s are not only eating healthier, more nutritious food, but they are earning income from their farms as well. And in turn, the local economy benefits from this improvement.

Speaking of economic development, we’ve also helped start a fishing association, made up of more than 100 local fishermen. With World Concern’s assistance, these fishermen are learning sustainable fishing practices; including abstaining from fishing during breeding seasons and using the proper size nets to prevent catching fish that are too small. We’ve provided fishnet twine and training for them to manufacture the proper size nets.

All of this means larger harvests, more food, and better income during the fishing season.

Thank you for partnering with us as we bring lasting, sustainable change to the village of Lietnhom. The people here have suffered from hunger, poor health and extreme poverty for many years. With your support, they’re seeing hope for a better future and transformed lives.

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