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.
Feb 18, 2015

Your Gift Helped Feed Eliza's Children

Because of you, Eliza received food for her kids.
Because of you, Eliza received food for her kids.

Your gift is helping provide emergency food and assistance to displaced families in South Sudan. With your help, 241 tons of food was distributed last month, feeding 18,331 hungry people. Thank you for helping make this possible!

Despite more than a year passing since violence broke out in South Sudan, millions are still displaced and need help. Your gift is reaching those in need. One of those you helped is a mom named Eliza.

Eliza’s bright smile conceals the fact she spent the past 12 hours in the open cold, waiting for food. Although she lives only 5 km from the food distribution center in Wau, spending the night outside its gates means she will be among the first in line, and this is especially important for the mother of 9.

“If I sleep at home, I won’t have a chance to receive food today,” she said. The middle-aged widow is among 9,000 displaced persons who received food rations from World Concern during a 3-day food distribution in Wau.

For Eliza, “life has not been so good,” she said reflecting on the past year after fleeing her home when fighting broke out.

But the emergency rations of cereals, grains, oil, and salt are a huge relief for her, as she is assured that her children can eat. Your gift is helping save lives, like Eliza’s children.

As we usher in 2015, we are leading communities in South Sudan to move beyond crisis towards lasting change. In addition to providing emergency food and assistance, your gift helps provide long-term assistance including seeds, farming tools, and agricultural training. In this way, families in South Sudan can avoid famine by planting crops for the coming months.

Thank you for walking alongside the families in South Sudan into recovery and helping them rebuild their lives.

Eliza smiles as she receives food for her kids.
Eliza smiles as she receives food for her kids.
With your help thousands of families received food
With your help thousands of families received food
Dec 11, 2014

Manoucha's persevering spirit

Manoucha shows off her beautiful smile
Manoucha shows off her beautiful smile

Balancing demands at home and at school is not easy for girls in Haiti.  Often girls are expected to help with collecting water, cooking and cleaning at home, while also excelling in the classroom. 

Manoucha, who lives in the village of Crabier, is an example of a young woman who has faced challenges yet continues to move forward.  In addition to the challenges typically faced by girls in Haiti she has also battled persistent health issues in recent years which have kept her out of school and at home.

Therefore, Manoucha is a little old for her grade at school.  As a 20-year-old she is in the same grade as her 16-year-old sister, Dieunike. 

“Now I am well but sometimes I still get sick which means I cannot go to school or work at home,” Manoucha said.

It hasn’t been an easy road however she was able to begin school this year on time, for the second year in a row, and is now only two years away from graduating high school!

“I choose to keep giving effort at school so that I can one day help my family,” she said.  “I want to study to become a nurse because I like this.  Then if someone in my family is sick I can help them.”

Manoucha is already finding ways to help her family.  Her goat, which she received in the summer of 2013, gave offspring and she gave one of her goat’s kids to her sister Dieunike so she can also benefit.   The gift of one goat has a multiplying effect within this family.  It is encouraging to see Manoucha continue to persevere despite her challenges.

We’re hard at work this school year distributing goats and providing husbandry training to girls like Manoucha who live in southern Haiti due to your generosity and support.  So thank you!

Manoucha walks home in Crabier, a seaside village
Manoucha walks home in Crabier, a seaside village
Manoucha with her sisters Dieunika and Nadine
Manoucha with her sisters Dieunika and Nadine
Dieunika and her goat
Dieunika and her goat
Dec 4, 2014

Leh is earning income safely because of you!

Your gift helped Leh start a small business!
Your gift helped Leh start a small business!

Your gift is helping transform the lives of young girls at risk of trafficking in rural Laos, like 17-year-old Leh. She recently bounded into the village leader’s office, with a handful of money and beaming with pride.

“I sold all of my sticky stick snacks in just an hour!” exclaimed the ecstatic teen. She held up her earnings, which she planned to share with her friends who helped her sell the snacks.

Leh’s village is just a few miles from the border of Thailand. Young girls often disappear after crossing the border into Thailand to look for work. Many are trafficked into Thailand’s insidious sex tourism industry. Others are forced to work for no pay, or other forms of exploitation. Three of Leh’s older siblings have gone to Thailand in search of work. When her father passed away three years ago, she considered doing the same thing so she could help support her disabled mother.

Your gift is helping provide job skills and awareness training for girls like Leh in this region to earn income close to home and stay safe. Leh recently participated in cooking classes at World Concern’s youth center. That’s where she learned how easy it was to prepare sticky sticks. She knew immediately she could start a small business selling the tasty treats.

Leh was determined and started her business with $2 she saved to purchase a sack of flour, sugar, and oil. She brought her first batch of sticky sticks to the school during the students’ break time. She sold the snacks for 10 cents each. In just one hour, she had earned $5—a profit of $3 for an hour of selling.

“Doing this makes me happy,” she said. “I wake up at 5:00 a.m., do my chores, and start cooking at 8:00 a.m.” She’s home by 11 a.m. with the day’s profits in hand.

“Thank you not only for changing my life but also my family’s life,” said Leh. “I am very grateful to the project for guiding me in choosing the right path and for securing my future and making me safe.”

Leh is sharing what she learned with her friends, and is now an active member of the youth campaign in her village that helps raise awareness about human trafficking.

Your gift helped make this possible. Thank you!

You helped Leh earn income safely. Thank you!
You helped Leh earn income safely. Thank you!
With your support, Leh is teaching her friends too
With your support, Leh is teaching her friends too

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