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 27, 2015

You're helping rebuild Nepal

Your gift provided shelter to families in Nepal!
Your gift provided shelter to families in Nepal!

Dear Friend,

Having just received the latest report from Nepal, I wanted to take a moment and remind you of the incredible difference you’re making in the lives of those affected by the earthquake. 

In the hours after the tragedy, your quick response was able to provide survivors with critical emergency supplies like food, tarps and blankets, water purification tablets and solar lanterns. 

And in the weeks and months since, your gifts have gone even further, giving medical care to the most vulnerable, and helping to transport additional food and building supplies into the mountain villages. 

Your support is life-changing, and means that the hardest hit communities can now begin putting their lives back together.  Before this, entire families would huddle together under a tarp; exposed to the weather and at greater risk of burglary and violence. This is no way for a family to live.

But thanks to you, countless families are beginning to see hope.  They are being provided with materials like corrugated iron sheets that they’re using to build temporary (yet stronger and safer) homes. You’re now keeping them safe from harm and sheltered from the unpredictable weather. 

When Uttam received materials to start rebuilding the family home, he was overwhelmed with joy. He had lost everything in the quake; his home and the animals he used for an income. Like so many others, Uttam's family were forced to sleep outside until help arrived. So when that came, he was understandably very excited.

"I would like to say thank you," Uttam says. "It is good and we are thankful for helping us get back to normal life."

It’s still an enormous challenge to reach the most isolated villages, but the supplies are getting through. Just a few weeks ago, World Concern volunteers travelled for over 12 hours across dangerous mountain roads to reach just one village. In every village they passed, the effects of the earthquake were distressingly clear. 

“It was suddenly very easy to see how in just 90 seconds people’s lives were torn apart,” one volunteer recounts.

In one of the villages nestled on the mountain, World Concern met with Anita and her young family who lost everything when the earthquake hit. They’ve been living under a tarp ever since and wondering where their hope would come from.

If you walk up the village path towards where Anita’s home once stood today, you will no longer see them living under a thin piece of plastic. Thanks to you, Anita and her family are now living in the safety and security of a temporary new metal shelter!

Anita and her son John give thanks saying, “We thank God for providing.  Now we are under a tin roof! We can survive in this home while we rebuild.” 

On behalf of families like Uttam's and Anita’s, I want to thank you for making such a difference.

With heartfelt gratitude,

Jacinta Tegman

President, World Concern

With your help, families are rebuilding.
With your help, families are rebuilding.
Uttam thanks you for helping him rebuild his home.
Uttam thanks you for helping him rebuild his home.
Anita and her son John are so grateful for you!
Anita and her son John are so grateful for you!
Aug 25, 2015

Your Gifts are Saving Lives!

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You're helping villages dig wells for clean water

That headline may seem a little extreme, but in South Sudan, it's true! People's lives are being transformed and literally saved thanks to your generosity.

Displaced families are beginning to see hope, as we move beyond providing emergency assistance such as food and shelter, and begin working towards more sustainable solutions.

While it takes time for wounds to heal, it's encouraging to see families starting to resettle and restore their livelihoods. Wells have been dug, huts and homes are being built, animals are being penned and in one village, a community center is even being constructed.  People are feeling empowered again, with some joining savings groups that encourage members to contribute a small amout of their income each month, then take turns borrowing from the group to expand their business, purchase animals, plant crops, or seek medical care.  

When 4-year-old Marco's stomach started to swell and become incredibly painful, his mother Angelina started to fear for his life. Far away from medical care she knew that her little boy needed emergency treatment. So when he started vomiting blood and lost conciousness, she leapt into action. She borrowed some money from the savings group, which was enough to hire a car (after a 2-hour walk) and get Marco to the hospital.

Thanks to your gifts, Marco was able to have emergency surgery for an intenstinal blockage and survived. The giant scar on his belly shows the extent of the surgery.  Typically, a mom would have to sacrifice her livelihood in an emergency like this.

"I didn't sell a goat. It's a long process which involvs taking the goat to the town center where it may stay for up to two days before anyone purchases it," Angelina explained. 

Thanks to you, Angelina was able to save her income as well as her son's life.

For all this good news, there are still many concerns in South Sudan. This past week has seen insecurity flare up again with a sharp increase in the number of people seeking shelter at United Nations protection sites.

Thank you for helping Angelina and Marco and for supporting communities as they rebuild. Please continue to walk alongside them as they work towards a more stable and hopeful future. 

Thanks to you, Angelina was able to save her son
Thanks to you, Angelina was able to save her son
Jul 17, 2015

Lives Have Totally Changed Thanks to You!

Encise is succeeding in school because of you!
Encise is succeeding in school because of you!

I’ve got some wonderful news to share with you!

The goat project in Haiti you’ve help support is now fully funded! This means that 70 girls have received goats and are now able to stay in school and get an education. You’re such a blessing, so on behalf of each one, thank you!

Girls in Haiti are now living completely different, and much more hopeful lives thanks to your generosity.

Do you remember Manoucha? While there are still many challenges where she lives, Manoucha is still smiling gratefully for the new opportunity you’ve given her.

She dreamed of finishing school and becoming a nurse, but had faced so many health challenges that at times she felt absolutely discouraged about ever getting making it through, let alone escaping the poverty her family was in.  

So when World Concern used your gift to buy her a goat, it immediately gave Manoucha hope. And now thanks to you, she’s raising healthy goats (yes, goats!) and has a renewed spirit to achieve those dreams.

Fania is another young girl whose life you’ve transformed. She’ll be finishing the 6th grade soon, so that means the goat you were able to give her will now be full grown. It’s likely had kids and the extra income will be relieving the burden of poverty on her family.

“I know how to take care of the goat because I learned some things in the training.” Fania said proudly. Because of your gift, Fania was trained and now her goats are thriving!

Each year, a goat can give between six and nine kids so your gift has a multiplying effect for Manoucha and Fania–and their families. With a sustainable income, both girls can stay in school, get an education and have every chance to earn their way out of poverty.

And how could we forget Encise! Just like the other girls, Encise is well on the way to achieving her dreams–all thanks to you! She’ll be in high school soon and like Manoucha, wants to become a nurse.

I hope you know how valuable you are! In Haiti, a country that’s struggling in so many ways, your gifts of goats to girls bring hope, and are changing (and have totally changed) lives.

 
   

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