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

Your support is helping war-torn South Sudan

World Concern community bank - South Sudan
World Concern community bank - South Sudan

You’ve probably heard about the crisis in South Sudan. It started in December with an attempt by rebels to overthrow the country’s fledgling new government. The result has been utter chaos. Widespread violence and fighting have affected nearly every region of the country, including the areas where we’re working, and hundreds of thousands of families fled their homes in search of safety.

“It’s so sad. People are really traumatized … They won’t go outside, because they are too scared to get shot anyways. What can they hope for?” said Samuel, who is among the displaced in South Sudan.

This is just one of the many challenges faced by the people of this struggling nation.

Before the conflict broke out, severe flooding impacted our ability to access Lietnhom, cutting off families from outside help for months. It’s been a challenging six months here, but there are signs of progress, and I wanted to share those with you, so you know your support has made a difference.

Since our last report, families in Lietnhom made great progress in their farming techniques, growing more plentiful crops, and raising much healthier livestock. This has improved incomes, and brought more members to village savings groups. Lietnhom’s community bank, founded and run by village residents, grew from 300 to 963 members.

Another exciting update is that parents in Lietnhom began special savings accounts specifically for educating their children. The accounts are called “akuny miith,” which means “school children account.” These families understand the value of education, and want to see their children succeed. With your help, hundreds of children attended school this fall in Lietnhom.

More than 60 blacksmiths and tinsmiths were trained and graduated from our vocational training program. And 70 additional youth learned job skills like motorcycle repair and masonry.

A group of women were empowered to support their families with groundnut machines and training –essentially making and selling homemade peanut butter for income. This kind of transformation is new, and it will last in a community where families previously had little hope for the future.

New businesses are opening up as the village economy improves, and this village is truly being transformed. Thank you for being a huge part of this transformation!

Using a groundnut machine in South Sudan.
Using a groundnut machine in South Sudan.
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

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