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.
Jan 31, 2014

How Your Gift Helped Typhoon Victims

Food distribution. (Photo courtesy Tearfund UK)
Food distribution. (Photo courtesy Tearfund UK)

When you heard about the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, you stepped up and gave generously to help the people whose lives were torn apart by this disaster. Thank you.

With your help, more than 3,000 families received emergency food in the days after the typhoon hit. These families also received emergency supplies like blankets, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, and hygiene kits.

More recently, as people have begun to rebuild their homes and lives, those 3,000 families received vegetable seeds to reestablish vegetable gardens and start to grow their own food. Your support also helped set up Child Friendly Spaces (CFSs) to support the emotional needs of traumatized children.

People are taking responsibility for rebuilding their homes, but they need materials and support. Your gift assisted with shelter materials to families as well, including tarps, rope, plywood and metal sheeting.

“Now that you are helping us, thank you, thank you very much," said Teodora, a grandmother who lost her grandchild in the rising flood waters. Her message of gratitude is for you.

Our staff and partners have witnessed traumatized people rising above the devastation and asking to work with us -- to collaborate in their own recovery, rather than wanting us to do it for them. Isn't that amazing?

Below is a link to a short video update on how your gift helped save lives in this crisis. I hope you'll take a moment to watch it and see what a difference you made in the lives of so many, bringing hope and practical help in a time of great need.

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Jan 7, 2014

Girls Like Youslie Now Have A Bright Future

Youslie (left) and her friend Wichide at school
Youslie (left) and her friend Wichide at school

Following the mid-year break, students are returning to school this week in Haiti.  One student is a young girl named Youslie who has a bright future thanks to your generosity.

Youslie is a 7 year old girl who lives in the village of Guilgeau in Haiti.  She is in the second grade and enjoys school.  “In school I like to read stories,” says Youslie.

The majority of people in Guilgeau are small scale farmers who have little to no other economic opportunities.  This means families like Youslie’s are often forced to keep their children at home because they cannot afford the costs associated with school—fees, uniforms and supplies.

To help keep Youslie in school, World Concern, with your help, provided her with a goat and husbandry training.  She is now comfortable taking care of the goat and is looking forward to when her goat will have kids.  “I feed the goat twice a day things like corn and corn husk,” said Youslie.  “After the goat has babies I will drink the milk.  I haven’t tried it yet, but I would like to.”

When her goat has kids, Youslie will sell them to help pay school fees and other basic necessities.  World Concern is also supporting Youslie by providing vaccinations for her goat so it remains healthy and continues to produce kids.

“With the money I make from selling the babies I can buy the books and clothes I need for school,” she shared.

With your help, Youslie is able to attend school.  An education is a priceless gift to a girl.  It can give her new opportunities and often has a lasting impact on her family and community too.

Together we can ensure that Youslie, and other girls in Haiti, are given a chance to go to school and improve their lives.  Thank you for playing an important role in impacting girls' lives in Haiti.

Youslie feeding her goat
Youslie feeding her goat
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

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