Recently, three women from Colombia made their way to Oaxaca, Mexico to learn, share, and experience life with the Foundation Fuentes Libres. Ángela, Beatriz, and Dora, founding members of the Hands with Hope Foundation in Medellín, Colombia, were able to meet with other leaders, missionaries, and the women and their families to talk about the economic development work of Fuentes Libres in vulnerable communities of Oaxaca.
This was the start of a great partnership between Hands with Hope and Fuentes Libres. Both organizations are focused on helping women in economic opportunities and this created a common bond between Oaxaca and Medellín and serves to encourage and better connect the people from Mexico with the three women visiting from Colombia.
Join CWR in prayer for the new partnership formed between these two foundations as they continue to mutually encourage each other in their common goals.
I have been learning about what makes a development project. A great example for me was one started by former covenant missionary Sharon Davis.
A good development project doesn’t rely on outsiders coming in and sustaining the project but works to encourage and train the local community members. These members then carry on the transformational work of development years after the “official program” has ended.
One such community member is Pastor George. Continue Reading »
India HCC Drought Relief Draft
CWR continues to receive updates from partners on the drought in Makarashtra, India:
The current drought in Maharashtra seems to have broken all previous records, with millions of human beings and livestock suffering hunger in absence of food and fodder.
- Almost five million people have no work as the crops failed.
- Millions of people from mainly farming communities across 12,000 villages of 15 districts are facing severe shortages of drinking water, and are unable to grow crops and provide fodder for their livestock.
- Hunger is likely to become a critical issue in the coming weeks as farmers have no income and their backup resources are now depleting.
- People will have no way to feed their families soon.
- Drinking water is a serious problem as the normal supply systems have failed.
The Hindustani Covenant Church and Covenant Social Services are doing their best to provide relief support to human beings, animals and birds. Six drought-hit villages have been reached by HCC/CSS. Relief response is being carried out by HCC/CSS with the support of Covenant World Relief and other partners. The relief work includes: repair of hand pumps, distributions of water pouches, medical support to vulnerable groups, grain and water for birds, water for animals through tankers, and plastic baskets for fodder for animals.
Give today to CWR and support emergency disaster response like we are doing now in India.
It’s a question that we keep coming back to. There is the old saying that behind every good man, there is a good woman, but this doesn’t even scratch the surface of the importance of women in a community. As Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristof so eloquently stated, “We are Half the Sky.” We are half the people in the whole world, yet, we are some of the most disadvantaged. There are countless women throughout history and today that have stood for the empowerment of women and started new conversations about what we are capable of: Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony, Mother Teresa, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sheryl Sandberg, Hillary Clinton, and the list could go on. These women have beaten the odds and spurred on the possibilities for the future of women. All of these women have at least one thing in common. While they are all come from different backgrounds and have lived in different places, they have a shared belief in the voice of women. Some have shared that voice by sitting on a bus, another led a revolution, and still another loved those that had been discarded by society. And this all starts with girls believing in themselves and believing that their future can hold a great many possibilities.
Around the world, Covenant World Relief is partnered with organizations to equip women to provide for their families by owning their own business and working together. The goals of these organizations are not only to meet the most immediate needs of women and girls, but also to instill the truth of the value of women. That is why this is important. I want my kids to grow up in a world that is better and more equal than the one that I have grown up in. I long for change, for values of empowerment to be broadcasted to women around the world. We are a part of that story. A part of that journey, that walk, that possibility. That is something to be proud of and to share with those around you. You, as Covenant World Relief partners, are a part of that greater story, and I for one am proud to be a part of that story.
–Hannah Gaskins, CWR intern
Residents here in Chicago have decided to start calling our city “Chiberia” because of how cold the weather has been recently (around -30 with wind-chill). When the university I attend decided to cancel classes because of the cold, it reminded me that even in age where cars can start by remote we are still at the mercy of weather; and weather has the power to disrupt plans and lives dramatically.
Weather is also having a detrimental effect on the people of Haiti, though they aren’t suffering from extreme cold. Haitians are suffering from the worst drought in recent memory. The Haiti Christian Development Fund (HCDF) has been in the area of Fond-des-Blancs, Haiti for years now working to improve the situation of local farmers. They are working with CWR to develop irrigation systems and grain storage to help farmers have better access to water and to have a ready supply of grain for future planting. Their plans are good; however they have been disrupted by the drought. Continue Reading »