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.
Dec 17, 2013

Your gifts are helping students learn to speak

Asad teaches a student to speak, with your help
Asad teaches a student to speak, with your help

You might remember a photo of a young Hear School teacher in our last report. His name is Asad. I wanted to tell you his amazing story, and thank you for how you’re helping change the future of hearing impaired students like him.

From the time Asad first learned to communicate, he dreamed of being a teacher so he could help other hearing impaired children speak, just like he had.

When Asad was born, his parents were hopeful their son would become a doctor someday. They were concerned when, at two years old, he still couldn’t speak and didn’t respond to sound.

The village doctor assured the family that he was normal. But an ear, nose, and throat doctor recommended a hearing test. The family travelled to Dhaka for the test in 1990, and young Asad was diagnosed as severely deaf. He was referred to a special school in Dhaka, but his family couldn’t afford it.

When they heard that World Concern was opening a Hear School for deaf children in Barisal, Asad’s parents took him there. Assessments showed profound hearing loss. The staff recommended hearing aids and orientation classes for his parents. The teachers were confident Asad could learn to communicate with treatment and special education.

When he started at the Hear School, Asad could only say simple words, like “mom,” and communicate through gestures. But with compassionate training, Asad started speaking in complete sentences. Soon, he was also able to read English and solve math problems easily.

Asad eventually integrated into a mainstream primary school. He passed all ten classes with good grades, and in 2008 he was admitted to college.

Asad kept in contact with the Hear School even after graduating, talking with and encouraging parents and students with his story. He had become skilled in computers, and writing in both Bangla and English.

When one of the teachers at the Hear School resigned, Asad was hired, fulfilling his dream of becoming a teacher for deaf students.

Now, he’s able to share his success and encourage children who are struggling to communicate, just like he was. Asad is grateful that donors like you are changing the future of young hearing-impaired students today.

Asad encourages parents of deaf students in class
Asad encourages parents of deaf students in class
Asad is grateful that donors like you are helping
Asad is grateful that donors like you are helping
Dec 3, 2013

This young girl is back in school because of you!

Your gift helped Buonlong get back in school.
Your gift helped Buonlong get back in school.

I want to tell you an amazing story of a little girl you’re helping protect from trafficking by enabling her to go to school. She’s barely 10 years old, and her name is Bounlong.

This precious little girl basically became an orphan when her mother and older sister left their village in Laos to travel to Thailand in search of work … but no one in the family has heard from them in three years.

It’s very likely that Buonlong’s mother and sister were lured by traffickers with deceptive offers of high-paying work.

Buonlong’s father suffers from a lung disease, but works hard to earn about $5 a day to support his family. Unfortunately this means he and Buonlong’s brother must stay in town all week to work, leaving Buonlong, her 14-year-old sister Ann, and their younger brother to fend for themselves. The children also take care of a 3-year-old niece, left behind by their oldest sister.

Can you imagine being a child and having this much responsibility? Needless to say, Buonlong wasn’t attending school, and she was at great risk for becoming a victim of trafficking herself.

With your support, World Concern intervened in Buonlong’s life, helping her get back in school, providing her with tuition, school supplies, and a uniform, and teaching her about staying safe. She’s thrilled to be enrolled in school, and says she will finish her education so that someday she can provide for her family. When she gets a little older, we’ll teach her job skills to earn income safely in her village.

None of this would be possible without support from people like you – thank you!

If you’d like to help protect more girls like Buonlong, I have some great news:

In honor of Giving Tuesday, the generous folks at Microsoft are matching all donations made to this project today!

That means your gift of $40 to educate a young girl like Buonlong becomes $80, helping two girls instead of one. Or a gift of $125 to provide an at-risk girl with job skills doubles to $250, equipping two girls instead of one.

I hope you’ll take advantage of today’s matching opportunity. Please give now – Microsoft’s matching funds will likely run out quickly.

Thank you for your support!

Buonlong and her siblings were unsafe at home.
Buonlong and her siblings were unsafe at home.
Buonlong (left) spent her days working at home.
Buonlong (left) spent her days working at home.
Nov 18, 2013

1,000 Families Received Food With Your Help

Elvira, Lucriscio, and 2 of their children
Elvira, Lucriscio, and 2 of their children

We are so encouraged by the support that has been pouring in to help us reach families affected by Typhoon Haiyan with critical, life-saving aid. Thank you.

Just yesterday, we were able to reach a community where no other help had arrived. The community is called Marubot, and it is home to 7,344 families. In this area alone, 2,058 precious lives were lost in this horrific storm.

“The municipality is totally destroyed,” reported our teams on the ground. “Not one house is left standing. The villages are 100% damaged.”

People are eating coconut meat mixed with salt for survival.

And they’re sick. With no drinking water, diarrhea is spreading fast.

No water. No electricity. No cellphone signal.

And until yesterday, no one had been there yet to help.

I’m happy to report that 1,000 families in Marubot received emergency food rations yesterday – thanks to your support. By the end of the week, we hope to reach more with critical emergency supplies, food, and water.

One of the families we met was Elvira and Lucriscio’s. They and their five children survived the storm by fleeing to a nearby church.

Their house was destroyed in the storm. Their dreams were buried under rubble and broken palm trees. “I was so sad to see our home destroyed,” said their 9-year-old son, Imy.

“We knew a typhoon was coming, but we did not expect it to be so strong,” said Elvira, as she embraced her youngest daughter. “After the typhoon, I took all the clothes that remained. The table and chairs we owned were all broken. Those were all the belongings we had.”

They are thankful that they survived the devastating typhoon and found shelter. They have no idea what their future will look like. Many more families like theirs are waiting for help to arrive.

Thank you for caring about families like this, for giving, and for praying for the people of Marubot and other communities devastated by this disaster.

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