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.
Oct 30, 2015

Dipa is in school because of you!

"I would be married without this scholarship."
"I would be married without this scholarship."

Your scholarship gift is ending a terrible traditions in Bangladesh--child marriage.  But more than that, you’re giving girls like 15-year-old Dipa an education and hope for the future!  

Growing up in a rural village in Bangladesh, the fear of child marriage was a dark and frightening reality for Dipa. It had become a generational tradition for the girls in her family to be married off—her mother was married at just 16 and she’d watched her older sister sent away to be a stranger’s wife when she was only 13.  

Like so many young girls here, Dipa’s life had become a lottery, and it was terrifying.

But your life-changing gift will now keep a girl like Dipa in school, so she can avoid becoming a child bride.

“Without this scholarship, I would already be married,” says Dipa, happily holding her scholarship. She says this with a full heart of thanks, knowing that you have spared her from what happened to her mother, and her older sister.

Thanks to you, a girl like Dipa can be a child again; playing, learning, and dreaming without fear. What a beautiful image, can you imagine the joy and freedom?

Bangladesh has sadly become known for two things: poverty and child marriage. But with an education, girls like Dipa have a six times lower chance of being forced into child marriage before their 18th birthday.  And an education gives her the best chance of avoiding child marriage.

I hope you know how valuable you are—Dipa would have been married without a scholarship! Your gift tells girls like her that they’re not alone, and that they have the potential to do anything.

Thank you!

Because of you, girls can stay in school.
Because of you, girls can stay in school.

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Aug 28, 2015

Look What You've Built for Trafficked Children!

You helped build this shelter for trafficked girls
You helped build this shelter for trafficked girls

In the past several months, your gift helped construct and open a shelter for trafficked girls in Laos.

A long-lasting safe-house is now actively providing recovery and counseling services to girls who are rescued from neighboring Thailand. (*Because of the need for confidentiality and safety, I can only share photos of the building.)

Staffed by well-trained and compassionate caregivers, the shelter is a haven for girls needing support and will equip girls coming out of a horrific experience with the skills needed to find better employment or even start their own small business.

Your gifts will allow these vulnerable girls to stay safely, and with dignity for up to a month. Your donation is helping provide everything they need—a welcome kit, all utilities and food, and specialized care.

During their stay, they will be trained on basic life skills and vital job skills such as sewing, haircutting and even computer technology!

This education is critical in building a girl’s confidence, empowering her to overcome challenges, and in time, step out of the shadows and into a new life. With her new skills, a young girl can find and work for ethical employers, or even begin an income generating activity on her own to stay safe and have a better life.

What I hope is most encouraging to you is that you’re also providing counseling and social support to girls that are particularly traumatized. In addition to receiving job training, giving a girl the opportunity to share her story with a professional and work through her fears is life-changing.

I am so grateful for you! With the construction of this shelter, trafficked girls will know that you’re walking with them through the journey, that they’re cared for and not alone. Thank you!

The living room area is homey and safe.
The living room area is homey and safe.
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!
 
   

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