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 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.

Oct 24, 2013

You're helping Deng send his kids to school

You
You're helping business owners earn better income.

In the middle of Lietnhom’s busy market, under a thatched roof, surrounded by sturdy wood walls, Deng provides a critical service to the community. He dispenses medicine from his pharmacy, which he’s built into a successful business, thanks to the support of One Village Transformed donors like you.

Helping people earn sustainable income—equipping people like Deng to feed and support their families—is one of the primary ways this village is being transformed.

“My business has enabled me to take care of my three children and give them a decent life, including paying for the education of my first born son who is in primary (grade) one,” said Deng.

Without this income, his children would be destined to repeat the cycle of poverty Deng grew up in. By being able to attend school and obtain an education, these young ones have a chance at a much better future.

Deng started his shop in the market with a small loan from World Concern. He also received business training, which has led to a well-established, profitable business.

“The investment education, which accompanies every loan, has made me diversify my merchandise. I started with clothes, but now I have expanded to all household goods, as well as having my own pharmacy,” said Deng with pride. By applying the principles he’s learned, he has become a leader in the community.

“Because of the progress in my business, I have been appointed the chairman of the traders’ group. They jokingly say of me, ‘follow the leader!’ My happiest moments are not only when I get a loan, but also when I repay it, as it gives another person an opportunity to benefit.”

Your donations are helping transform lives in lasting ways—lives like Deng’s. This transformation is changing the future for the next generation—his children, and many others in the village of Lietnhom.

Thank you for making such a difference!

Your donations help fund business loans & training
Your donations help fund business loans & training
Lietnhom
Lietnhom's market is a bustling hub of activity.
Kids in Lietnhom are in school because of you.
Kids in Lietnhom are in school because of you.
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