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.
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!
Nov 24, 2015

Thank You For Protecting Girls And Changing Lives!

Noy has new skills and new hope thanks to you!
Noy has new skills and new hope thanks to you!

Thanks to you, this project is now fully funded!

This is such an encouraging milestone because it means that your compassion and thoughtful giving has transformed the lives of vulnerable girls, giving them access to job skills and awareness training that will help protect them against trafficking. With your support, girls in Laos are now receiving what they need to find safe work, and be protected from the violence and the emotional pain that sadly comes with trafficking—thank you!

Noy is one of the girls that you’ve helped, and is proof of the lasting impact that your generosity will bring. Hers is a familiar and tragically common story for girls in the villages of Laos, but we want you to be encouraged, because it's your gifts that are keeping girls like Noy safe, and giving them a bright and hopeful future.

Families in the villages of Myanmar are living in a legacy of poverty, with the parents’ struggles being sadly passed down to innocent children. Girls and boys are expected to work and help contribute income for the family, and it's this expectation that can cause trouble, especially for the girls. With little work available in the small rural villages, and school unaffordable and out of reach, girls are often lured by fraudulent employers who have nothing but bad intentions.

Preparing to enter high school, Noy’s parents realized they simply didn’t have the money to keep her educated. Growing and harvesting rice, the family lived from season to season, and sometimes barely had enough food to feed their children. Noy’s brothers worked alongside her parents, and so the family had no access to extra income for the basics, let alone keeping Noy in school. Noy was unaware of traffickers, and the lies that they tell vulnerable girls like her, so when she was offered a job, she only saw it as a way to help her family.

Sadly, Noy was trafficked into Thailand by an employer who cared nothing for her, and instead put her at great risk.

Unlike many girls, Noy was able to escape and return home, where she was introduced to the World Concern project that you’ve helped support! Thanks to you, Noy joined a youth camp and learned life-saving information about HIV/AIDS protection, trafficking, and drugs prevention. She made some new friends, and joined a youth sporting team, but what’s more encouraging is that she was trained as a seamstress. 

Noy’s since graduated, and with these new skills will be able to find safe, meaningful work to help support her family and finish school. You have given Noy the dignity and self-confidence that she so richly deserves.

Friend, you made this possible!  So on behalf of Noy, and the many other girls that you've protected and helped learn new job skills, thank you!

Nov 6, 2015

Your Gifts Are Making A Huge Difference In Nepal!

Your gifts have helped Uttam rebuild his home!
Your gifts have helped Uttam rebuild his home!

Six 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.      

The earthquake, and the subsequent aftershocks left a staggering 8,170 dead and destroyed around 285,000 homes, many of which were in the poorer mountain communities. We want to thank you for your quick and compassionate gifts when it was needed most.

Your support was vital in helping World Concern and our global partners respond in the days following the quake. Thanks to you, we were on the ground to distribute emergency first aid, and your gifts kept us there during the largest of the aftershocks, a 6.7 magnitude quake, which brought further damage and landslides. Knowing that your gifts were there, enabled us to provide food, water, shelter materials, and hygiene kits to thousands of families—all in all, you gave hope to an incredible 14,000 households.

In an emergency like this, the already poor families have nothing left. Their homes, their belongings … everything is either buried or broken. So to survive while they put their lives back together, they need three basic things: food, water and shelter. Friend, it was your gifts that provided this, and more, to those in need.

Uttam is a teacher and was working with some children outside in a field when the earthquake hit, “I saw all the homes collapsing and I thought I might die,” he recalls. He remembers hearing the screams of the children and thought to himself, “This is the last day of my life.”  Once the shaking stopped, panic set in. People were running everywhere, crying and shouting for loved ones. Fearing the worst, Uttam ran home to find his family safe, but his home destroyed, and his cattle dead.

In the days that followed, Uttam and his family sheltered under a tent, and waited for help. The school where he worked was a mess, his livelihood and animals lost, and his home reduced to rubble. So it was a welcome sight when World Concern arrived in his village and provided food and clothing for his family, along with building materials to help him rebuild.

This was all possible because of you!

All in all, you helped give emergency food packs to over 9,000 people, providing families like Uttam’s with rice, lentils, sugar, noodles, salt, oil, spices, soap, candles, matches, and rehydration power to treat diarrhea.

To keep his family out of the rain and the cold, it would have been tempting for Uttam to take shelter in the remains of his home or the school, but it was far dangerous.  So your gifts provided cold and vulnerable families like his with emergency shelter kits, including mattresses, blankets, tarpaulins, water filters, and roofing materials.

We’re so thankful for you, what an incredible gift you were to these families. From the other side of the world, you stood in the gap for people like Uttam and gave generously when they needed it the most. 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.

And even now your gifts continue to help rebuild homes, schools, and livelihoods, we can’t thank you enough.

“I would like to say thank you,” Uttam says to you. “It is good and we are thankful for helping us get back to a normal life.” From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you too.

 

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