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.
Aug 25, 2016

You're Helping Newly Displaced Families in S Sudan

Families will have enough to eat with these seeds!
Families will have enough to eat with these seeds!

Your support has provided much needed supplies for those in the midst of on-going turmoil in South Sudan recently.

In a constant state of uncertainty, the world’s youngest nation is in need of our attention and help. As the displaced persons count continues to rise, men, women and children find themselves without enough food to eat or a proper shelter to live in and not to mention, are living in constant fear of more attacks. 

Earlier this month, our staff in the Wau region of South Sudan were evacuated due to an increase in violence in the area. They have since returned and thanks to you, brought with them the necessities that families need - such as tarps and tent materials, rope, nails and wood stakes for building shelters and other essential emergency survival supplies to help those in need.

With some 38,858 men, women and children finding refuge in overly crowded displacement camps in Wau, it’s vital for families to be able to construct their own protective shelters to keep them dry and safe.

Beyond that, a drastic increase in the price of food – up to 10 times more expensive than usual for staple items – has only worsened the problem for those who have been forced to flee their land due to violence.

Your gifts most recently helped these hungry families receive enough to eat. During a seed distribution, families were given two bags of seeds in an effort to not only provide for their immediate food shortage needs but also to ensure they have enough to eat in the future. Community members worked together to see that all families received their seeds during the distribution.  

“It’s important to us to not only help ourselves but also to help others,” one seed recipient explains. It’s encouraging to see such a strong sense of comradery and compassion among those who have been displaced, especially during such volatile times.

The impact of your gift reaches far beyond today’s issues in South Sudan and into future generations who will help shape how their country grows up.

Although peace and stability are constantly in flux in South Sudan, we are hopeful that with the help of people like you, we can continue to support those whose lives have been up-rooted and ultimately bring hope and change to a country in desperation.   

It’s during these difficult times that your gifts have the greatest impact. Thank you so much for bringing hope and help to the displaced families of South Sudan. 

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You're helping feed and shelter displaced children
Jul 12, 2016

Girls Are Escaping Child Marriage Thanks To YOU!

Thank you for saving girls from child marriage!
Thank you for saving girls from child marriage!

Stacey S. is a World Concern partner who recently visited our Child Protection work in Bangladesh. The following post shows how your gifts are making a lasting, and tangible difference in the lives of girls at risk of child-marriage.    

I'd traveled a long way to visit with young Prishna.

I had heard many amazing things about a girl who had escaped child-marriage and was now helping others. 

The first thing I noticed about Prishna was how thin she was. She was much smaller than other teenage girls, and I discovered afterwards that it was because Prishna had been severely malnourished growing up. This was my first introduction to how devastating poverty in a country like Bangladesh can really be.

As people mingled around her, Prishna's head was down and her eyes fixed on the floor. But every once in a while she would look up and glance at me. 

Prishna was one of the few girls that had managed to avoid child marriage, and now dedicates her time to helping other teens do the same. After we were all introduced, Prishna quietly started to speak, and her story showed me why your support of girls at risk is so important. 

Since she was just a little girl, Prishna’s family had planned to marry her off on her 10th birthday.  It sounded unbelievable to hear this, but for girls in the poor villages of Bangladesh it was frighteningly common to be passed off onto a complete stranger. Poverty forces families to do unthinkable things sometimes, but thanks to people like you girls are being saved. And Prishna was now showing other girls how to avoid this horror altogether.

Prishna is now a familiar face in the villages, as she bravely shares her story of escape with others. And her message is simple ... to say “NO”. She first rejected child marriage at the age of 10 ... then 11 ... and each year after that. By the time Prishna was 14, World Concern had helped her to stay in school. 

Your support gives girls like Prishna a chance to stay in school and avoid child marriage. But without you, families trapped in poverty have no other choice but to pull their daughters from school and marry them off to older men.

Today, Prishna wants to finish her studies and become a doctor. Her dream is that she will return to this community and ensure the families here have access to good health care.

As I listened to Prishna speak, I become even more empowered to stop this terrible practice. I decided it would start with me sharing her story, and so I'd encourage you to do the same because together we can stop child marriage by keeping these amazing girls in school.

 

Jun 1, 2016

Communities Are Changing Thanks To You!

Villages in South Sudan are growing thanks to you!
Villages in South Sudan are growing thanks to you!

Your gifts are making such a life-changing difference in South Sudan.

In the most remote villages, you’re bringing hope to people who have endured decades of suffering and hardship. But they’re now seeing the benefit of your support, and enjoying the new opportunity that it brings.

Thanks to you, children are getting more chances to learn and be educated, clean water and nutritious food is becoming more accessible, and incomes are on the rise thanks to the introduction of job skills training.

Right now, your gifts are teaching moms and dads new skills that are allowing them to grow the household income and invest in their family’s future. With some extra money, children are able to attend school more regularly and small businesses are able to expand.

As farming communities, these families rely heavily on fertile land but in the midst of a long-term drought, planting and harvesting crops can be incredibly difficult. But thanks to you, the families that work the land now look forward to nutritious food year round.

In recent weeks, your gifts have trained groups of farmers in soil fertility, and drought-resistant farming techniques. You’ve provided hardier seeds and the right tools for them to work the rocky and parched soil. Your generosity is giving families hope, and inspiring farmers with the knowledge and confidence needed to improve the texture and health of the soil.

But the impact of your generosity hasn't stopped there! You were also able to teach the village women new business skills that was immediately put into practice at the local market. With their new knowledge, mothers have been able to significantly contribute to the family income and start women’s savings groups to encourage other women to start small businesses of their own.

We can’t thank you enough for standing with these men, women, and children. It’s because of you that these once displaced families have new hope, and feel empowered to not only work their way out of poverty, but to contribute to the financial health of their community.

You are the backbone to the success in these remote South Sudanese villages. Thank you for helping the poorest people break the cycle of poverty once and for all. 

 
   

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