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.
Jun 20, 2013

Imran can communicate with the world now

Imran works in a local tailor shop.
Imran works in a local tailor shop.

When Imran was just 9 months old, he developed a fever, and eventually pneumonia. He recovered, but his parents, Maleka and Shirajul, discovered that their son could no longer hear.

In Bangladesh, a disability like deafness means a child will likely never be able to communicate with his family or community. With no social support, few schools for hearing impaired children, and poor parents, Imran was doomed to a life of dependence.

Maleka mourned the fact she would never be able to communicate with her son. She worried constantly about his future, knowing he would never be able to work or support himself.

As a young child, Imran’s deafness was confirmed by audiologists who recommended hearing aids and special schooling, but his parents could not afford any of this. Imran made only unintelligible sounds and could not understand sign language.

Finally, when Imran was 9 years old, his parents heard about World Concern’s HEAR School, and they went to visit. Maleka was overjoyed when she saw teachers using special techniques and equipment to teach students to speak, read lips, and use a hearing aid. She saw children like Imran who were speaking and communicating freely with others … and for the first time, she had hope for her son.

Imran was enrolled in the HEAR School, where he received loving attention and education. Imran began to learn to speak and understand others. Maleka was delighted to see the engaging techniques his teachers used. She and Shirajul attended parent classes to learn how to help Imran continue learning at home.

Now 13, with the help of World Concern donors like you, Imran is helping support his family.

This became even more critical when his father was tragically injured in a bus accident recently.  Imran was able to communicate well enough with others to negotiate the sale of a small piece of land his family owned to pay for his father’s medical expenses. He’s also learned tailoring, and works at a local shop, earning enough to help his parents and siblings.

Imran loves to fish, climb trees, and has a hobby of repairing mobile phones. His dreams for the future include owning his own shop someday, and teaching disabled children so they can stand on their own.

Your gift is opening up a world of hearing and opportunity for a child like Imran.

Apr 24, 2013

William the "seed multiplier"

William proudly displays his full bags of sorghum.
William proudly displays his full bags of sorghum.

After decades of civil war, 85% of the population of South Sudan is engaged in non-wage work, and half live on less than $1 a day. Your support means empowering people to move their lives past the daily struggle to survive and on to pursuing their dreams for a hopeful future.

William Yuot Baak is a 28-year-old father of three. The war left him with no marketable job skills. After training with World Concern staff, William worked as a cashier at one of World Concern’s local banks. This inspired him to press on and pursue a high education.  

William recently returned from completing his schooling and is now a successful farmer. World Concern has provided him with the knowledge, tools, and seeds to further his business.

To many, William is known as one of Lietnhom’s “seed multipliers.” He produced fifteen bags of sorghum during the most recent harvest.

Because of your support, William has maintained his farm without selling any of his precious livestock. In the upcoming months, he will participate in the World Concern organized seed fair, where he will sell his infamous sorghum seeds.

Thank you for partnering with us to empower dads, moms, and families in this village. Your support continues to make a difference in helping transform lives in Lietnhom.

Jan 24, 2013

Job skills lead to freedom and self-sufficiency

John flashes his smile, showing his enthusiasm.
John flashes his smile, showing his enthusiasm.

The lives of many young people are being transformed because they are learning job skills and are able to support themselves and their families. With help from donors like you, World Concern operates the only vocational training program in Warrap State, South Sudan, which is home to about a million people. In South Sudan, 85% of the population is engaged in non-wage work, and half live on less than $1 a day.

I want to introduce you to John, a young dad whose life has changed dramatically because of your support in his village of Lietnhom, South Sudan, where the vocational training center is located.

John and his family have lived in Lietnhom for nine years. They witnessed, and survived, the brutal civil war that destroyed what little infrastructure that was there. Despite the hard life he’s lived, an immense smile spreads across John’s face. This and his lanky six-foot-five figure make him unmistakably memorable. But what’s most memorable about John is the great sense of dignity and excitement that he exudes.

Like many in South Sudan, John has spent the majority of his life struggling to provide an income for his family with no job skills. He has scarcely managed to feed his children. But because of the support of World Concern and donors like you, he has been given what every human being deserves—the opportunity to provide for himself and his family.

Through World Concern’s vocational training program, John was trained as a mechanic—and a fabulous one at that. He fixes motor bikes in a little shop in Lietnhom’s main market. He believes so strongly in the value of job skills that he’s training others in order that they too can find work and provide for themselves. His dream is to own his own mechanic shop someday and employ others like those he trains.

Empowerment to move past daily survival—this this is what John, and others, have been blessed with. You can see on his face the effect of such empowerment—dignity, self-sufficiency, and joy.

John shares what he
John shares what he's learned by training others.
John, hard at work in the Lietnhom market.
John, hard at work in the Lietnhom market.
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