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 21, 2016

Your Gifts Gave Happy A Reason To Smile!

Happy is in school and safe from child marriage!
Happy is in school and safe from child marriage!

It was a special day when your scholarship arrived in the hands of sixteen-year-old Happy. Up until your gift arrived, this talented young girl couldn't live up to her namesake. She was destined to become a child bride, but your generosity helped to remove that threat, and gave her a gift that will last a lifetime—an education.

Marriage should have be the last thing on Happy’s mind, but she carries a memory of watching her best friend forcibly pulled out of school, only to be married off to a complete stranger. As you can imagine, the thought of this happening to her was terrifying.  

Happy’s family is poor, even to Bangladeshi standards. Her father is a rice farmer and spends his days knee-deep in water, hunched over, and shuffling from plant to plant. All this effort and toil earned him around $2 per day, barely enough  to feed his family let alone keep Happy in school. 

“My father only studied up to the second grade and my mom has no education. That’s why we’re so poor.” Happy says despairingly. 

Like any girl her age, Happy has big dreams.She looks forward to finishing school and knows that an education is her best chance of escaping poverty;

“I want to continue my studies so I can have a good life.” she says.“Many people in my village get sick and die, so I want to become a doctor because I would like to help them.”

When Happy learned that her father had plans to marry her off, to earn some extra money, her fears had become reality. She threw herself at her father's feet and begged him to change his mind but it seemed hopeless, unless they could find a way to keep Happy in school.

I'm thrilled to let you know that because of your generosity, Happy received a scholarship to stay in school! She's avoided her fears of child marriage and can now enjoy being a girl again.

You have saved Happy from a dark and very dangerous future. And thanks to you, she now has the chance to finish school, and chase her dream of becoming a doctor.

Dec 9, 2015

Final report - Nepal earthquake relief

The families you helped say "Thank you!"
The families you helped say "Thank you!"

Eight months after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, your gifts have helped to rebuild the homes and livelihoods of families living in the hardest hit communities. Because of you, 14,000 households received immediate aid and help to rebuild their lives. Thank you!

Your support was vital in helping World Concern and our global partners respond in the days following the quake. Your gifts enabled us to provide food, water, shelter materials, and hygiene kits to families.

You helped give emergency food packs to over 9,000 people, and you provided cold and vulnerable families like his with emergency shelter kits, including mattresses, blankets, tarpaulins, water filters, and roofing materials. You showed a total of 1,852 families that you care about their safety and future, providing these shelter kits, and nutritious food so that children and parents could be safe, eat, and drink clean, disease-free water.

Although World Concern will continue to walk alongside families as they rebuild their lives, helping them heal and recover from the trauma of this horrendous disaster, our immediate relief efforts are wrapping up. Thank you for your generous support that helped rescue survivors in such a critical time.

Dec 1, 2015

You're Helping Families When They Need It Most

Little Akol was in desperate need of help...
Little Akol was in desperate need of help...

Your support to displaced families in South Sudan is bringing joy, hope and opportunity at a time when they need it most. In the past few months, you have helped to distribute a staggering 133 metric tons of foods to families registered with the World Food Program.

All told, you helped 14,745 children, moms, and dads—so on behalf of each one, thank you! This distribution was urgent as there has been a countrywide rise in food prices and fuel since September. This situation is paralyzing to displaced families and so to ease the burden, they were provided with sorghum, beans, yellow peas, vegetable oil and salt.

Tensions are high in South Sudan right now, with violence and injustice once again rearing its ugly head. Now more than ever, your support is making a difference, and on behalf of the families that you’re building up and blessing, thank you!

Change here doesn’t happen overnight, and it’s important for you to understand what these families have endured just to get to this point. Most have never lived in peace, having survived a brutal civil war and the consequences that come with such a conflict. These circumstances cause development to move slowly, as the communities learn to trust each other and the guidance of those who are helping.

That being said, we want you to be encouraged by the progressive steps that families are making. Thanks to you, every week more and more people are being trained in new agricultural and business training to help their small businesses (usually farmers or small shops) thrive in the tough economic environment. Any increase in income can yield huge benefits for a family in need, often meaning that children can go to school, or more food on the family table. So whether it’s more efficient ways to farm, or selling excess at local markets, your gifts are bringing change to remote South Sudanese communities.

Of course clean water and sanitation remain the highest priorities, and your support continues to roll out health and hygiene training wherever it’s needed. This is critically important to reducing sickness within the villages, teaching families basic hygiene tips such as hand-washing and not allowing animals to drink from a family’s water supply. Its sounds simple, but it makes a big difference to the health of the people.

Staying on water, your gifts have recently help to dig a well! Thanks to you, families can now enjoy clean, fresh and safe drinking water. No more walking for miles to collect water from a dirty hole in the ground, instead the families you’re helping will be happier and healthier.  

To wrap up this report we want to leave you with an encouraging story from a young boy named Akol, whose life has been turned around thanks to your giving.

When we first met Akol, his eyes were empty and were crying out for more. He wasn’t attending school, was unhealthy, and unhappy. But fast forward to today, your gifts have given him new hope, and what a proud young boy he is!  Akol is now in school. He has a uniform, and he’s more confident than ever before.

Friend, you’re bringing hope, healing, and happiness to displaced families in South Sudan, and for that, we thank you!

...then your gifts changed Akol
...then your gifts changed Akol's life!

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