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.
Mar 2, 2017

You Helped To Find, and Rescue This Girl

Rescued thanks to YOU!
Rescued thanks to YOU!

Fourteen-year-old Priya and her grandmother aren’t used to people visiting during the day. The visitors they are used to are strange men that come late at night in search of the illicit liquor that Priya’s grandmother brews and sells illegally.

Unfortunately for Priya – whose sister recently turned 16 and now spends her days working at a garment factory– life at home alone with grandma is not always enjoyable. Because of her grandmother's situation, this young girl is at tremendous risk.

Four years ago when Priya’s father died during a brutal civil war, Priya’s mother had no other option but to leave her two young daughters in the care of their grandmother while she went to find work abroad. Sadly, no one has heard from her ever since.

Situations like this are common in rural Sri Lankan countryside villages like Priya’s where war widows have been left with children to care for, with little or no financial support. Desperate, they often seek jobs as maidservants abroad, where more often than not, they end up becoming prostitutes or forced into slave labor once hired out to wealthy families.

Your gifts have been enabling World Concern staff to maintain a presence in Priya's village, promoting the Seek Out and Stop Initiative and educating the community about the dangers of trafficking, abuse, and exploitation.

As a result, concerned neighbors noticed that Priya and her sister weren’t going to school most days and were instead helping their grandmother brew illegal alcohol and then going out and selling it to men late at night.

Priya’s older sister, who is now old enough to work in a garment factory and earn around $2/day (which is given to her grandmother), takes the bus each morning to a garment factory in the nearest city an hour away where she sometimes works more than 14 hours a day. Some nights she doesn’t come home.

“We’ve heard similar cases about girls who supposedly work in garment factories,” a World Concern staff member explains, “but we found out they’re actually working as prostitutes…and this could be what is happening with Priya’s sister.”

Thanks to your compassionate gifts, Priya and her sister have renewed hope. Priya is being counselled, and we are now working closely with her grandmother in an effort to educate and put an end to Priya’s involvement in the illegal business. Thanks to your gifts, it is likely that Priya will return to school full-time. 

Thank you for your continued support in these remote and marginalized communities, and for reaching out and rescuing girls like Priya.

Feb 17, 2017

Look At What Your Gifts Are Doing!!

From displaced to finding a home -- thank you!
From displaced to finding a home -- thank you!

A report came in earlier this week that shows just how much your gifts are making a difference to South Sudanese families. These poor people have been through so much, many knowing nothing but war and violence, but thanks to your gifts and compassionate support, hope and healing is beginning to be seen.

This is no better illustrated by a simple road sign that appeared near one of the villages where displaced families are now calling home. The sign reads: Something Good Happening Here.

Over the past few months, your gifts have enabled drastic transformation. Here are just some of what has been able to happen thanks to you ...

Men and women ihave been eagerly participating in literacy classes where they are now learning to read and write. Though it may not seem like much to us, education, especially for a community of people who missed out on an opportunity to go to school during the civil war years, is a priceless gift.

These classes are empowering men and women wto consider starting small businesses and embracing other opportunities never before possible.

Another encouraging step has been seeing people who only a few months ago where lost, confused, and worried about their future, find hope in basic farming and fishing. Your gifts have actually taught more than 80 fishermen how to make fishing nets as well as environmentally safe techniques that will help them catch more fish without harming the rivers and ponds where they fish from.

Gardens are growing, children are going to school, and fishermen are bringing home nets full of fish. Yes, thanks to you, something good is definitely happening in South Sudan!   

Jan 8, 2017

Saved Thanks to YOU!

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She's safe and at school thanks to YOU!

When we first found Oyshi she was in great danger.

Living in Bangladesh, and in extreme poverty, her parents could not afford to keep her in school. At only 12 years of age, staying in school was not only important for her future, but also for her safety.

Sadly, it’s common in rural villages for girls like Oyshi to be married off early to remove the financial burden on the families. And as her father was only a simple day laborer, and her mother a housewife, Oyshi was at great risk of becoming a child bride.

Thankfully, your gift arrived just in time.

Your gift was used to enrol Oyshi in a local school, and having quickly found the friendships and stability she needed, she’s now excelling at her classes and confidently facing her future. Gone are the fears she had of becoming a child bride and being married off to a complete stranger. You've saved her from something horrible. Instead, you’ve given Oyshi hope, and the opportunity to study and earn her way out of poverty.

Her teachers are very impressed with Oyshi’s commitment, and are equally excited that your gift is beginning to set an example for others in the community. We're excited to let you know that word is now spreading to neighboring villages about the importance of educating children like Oyshi, and not marrying them off. If this positivity continues, you could really be helping to change the shocking culture of child marriage in Bangladesh.

I'm sure you'll agree that this is truly wonderful news, and Oyshi and other girls in these poor villages have you to thank for this remarkable change!

Oyshi is understandably overjoyed at what you’ve done for her, explaining what life would be like without your help, “I would grow up as an illiterate woman," she says. "Now in the future I want to be an ideal teacher to teach the poor children in my community.”

Thank you for giving girls like Oyshi an education, and saving them from the horrors of child marriage.

 
   

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