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.
Sep 30, 2013

Your support is keeping girls safe from harm

13-year-old Bang is now safe, because of you.
13-year-old Bang is now safe, because of you.

Thirteen-year-old Bang was grave in danger … and she didn’t even know it.

She lives in a desperately poor village in Laos, just a few miles from the Thai border. Thailand is a hub for human trafficking, where men entice young girls like Bang with deceptive offers of high paying work.

Bang is an easy target for traffickers. Both she and her 14-year-old sister Phou dropped out of school in the 5th grade to help their father support the family by working in the rice field. Their mother died, and their younger sister—just 9 years old—feels that she too must leave the safety of her school and join her sisters working in the fields. They often talk about going to Thailand to earn money.

These girls had no idea what human trafficking is, or the danger that awaited them just across the border…

Child prostitution.

Sexual slavery.

Forced labor.

Your donation to World Concern is helping protect Bang, her sisters, and other young girls in their community, keeping them safe at home by enabling them to learn job skills and earn income. With your support, they have no need to seek work in Thailand.

Bang and her sisters are learning valuable skills, like sewing, hair cutting, and cooking, which they can use throughout their lives. They’re also learning how to start their own micro-business. They received a business starter kit, and they know how to record expenses and income, and how to sell their items at local markets.

The first class of girls in their village to complete the program had 15 girls. The most recent class had 22! In addition to job skills, they have the opportunity to learn computer skills, sports, drama, and more. Most importantly, they’ve learned to spot traffickers, and identify their lies. They know how to keep themselves safe, and avoid dangerous offers.

Thank you for caring about vulnerable young girls in high risk areas, like this village. Your support is already having a lasting impact in the lives of so many girls.

With your support, girls learn job skills.
With your support, girls learn job skills.
Bang and her sister Phou are free to be kids.
Bang and her sister Phou are free to be kids.

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Sep 19, 2013

The lasting impact of being able to communicate

Building friendships for the first time.
Building friendships for the first time.

I just returned from a visit to World Concern's Hear School in Bangladesh and wanted to share some photos with you. I hope they make you smile, and encourage you that your gift is making a lasting difference in the lives of hearing impaired children.

Let me say first of all that Bangladesh is a difficult place to be. My heart ached as I walked through crowded, filthy slums holding hands with barefoot children who have never been to school.

But I felt such a sence of hope and joy when I visited the Hear School and saw children who would otherwise spend their lives unable to communicate, now learning to speak, listen, and build relationships. Thank you for being a part of this amazing project!

This young teacher was once a Hear School student.
This young teacher was once a Hear School student.
A beautiful young girl learning to speak and hear.
A beautiful young girl learning to speak and hear.
Students busy learning in the classroom.
Students busy learning in the classroom.
Jul 23, 2013

How you're helping Mary feed her family year round

Mary, with her youngest of 8 children.
Mary, with her youngest of 8 children.

Amid the chaos of the war, the Sudanese ability to successfully farm year round was tragically lost.

Hiding in the bush, fleeing outside of the country, and living in Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps, the war left the people of South Sudan no opportunity to practice long-term cultivation. Rather than relying on natural self-sufficiency, most were forced into a life of dependency.

One of the most important ways you’re helping transform lives in the village of Lietnhom is through training, equipping, and empowering families for dry season farming. This practice ensures hungry families have enough food during the dry season to survive. The training is initially done in groups on a shared plot of land. Apart from these organized groups, very few South Sudanese practice dry season farming.

I met Mary on a Tuesday at noon – the hottest time of day in South Sudan. Towering over my tiny frame, the 6-foot tall woman gracefully sauntered over to shake my hand, barely a bead of sweat to be found on her beautiful and intricately scarred face. Smiling all the while, Mary, a mother of eight, told me about her life as a farmer in Lietnhom.

In any South Sudanese household, farming is a shared role. Yet, many would argue that women do the large majority of the work (possibly even all of it). Given their busy daily schedule (including random visits from friends/relatives, breastfeeding/caring for an infant, religious activities, etc.), women work to complete household chores and farming as efficiently as possible.

This is especially true during the season of cultivation. Once the first few consistent rains have watered the dehydrated land, it is time to cultivate and plant every seed available (some may have been eaten in place of food during the hunger season – a last resort when all other resources have been depleted).

Despite being a fairly experienced farmer herself, she has often been unable to harvest enough crops to feed all eight of her children. As soon as Mary heard about the opportunity to learn how to farm during the dry season, she couldn’t imagine passing up the opportunity. She was one of the first to commit to joining the World Concern gardening group in Lietnhom, and is now one of the group leaders.

Mary works with other local farmers to make sure that the shared garden is watered twice a day and the crops are properly cared for. From what she has learned from World Concern, Mary now teaches those in her community about cleaning crops and making healthy manure.

The Lietnhom garden is one of the only successful dry season gardens in the surrounding area. The farmers involved have even harvested enough crops to take some home and sell those that remain in the local market. That’s sustainable transformation!

Still smiling, Mary told me, “I have learned many things from World Concern. I am very happy with you. I think my children will be very well now that I work here.”  

Thank you for being a part of this life-changing work!

Mary shows the fruit of her labor - vegetables!
Mary shows the fruit of her labor - vegetables!

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