Sharon Davis, a former covenant missionary to Cameroon, has been working with rural villages in Cameroon for years. Over time she had developed strong relationships with the communities in the area and has created some flourishing development projects with partnership with CWR. A new project that is in the works is called “palm oil enterprise.” This project came about in an interesting way. Sharon Davis was approached by community members who wanted to learn how to make soap and lotion, so she led a seminar for a group of 25 women in the community. After the women were taught how to make body lotion and soap they realized they had an abundance of palm kernels going to waste in the village and if they had a press and cracker they would be able to produce kernel oil, a main ingredient in the soap and lotion. Six of the women who attended the seminar began pursuing this idea with Sharon and eventually developed the palm oil enterprise. The women decided that they will not work on creating soap and lotion yet but will make kernel oil from unused kernels from the village and sell the oil for cooking and for the treatment of various ailments.
The building for the palm oil press.
As of early March, the women with partnership with CWR have been able to purchase a building and the two machines needed for the production of the oil. They have also participated in trainings about bookkeeping and about running the machines. The project should be up and running right now! Continue Reading »
About 11,108 villages of 34 districts in Maharashtra, India were hit by severe drought during 2013. There were shortages of water, not only for drinking, but also for watering crops. Farmers were helpless and people didn’t know where to go for help and many left the area in search of work and food. As tankers were made available and hand pumps were repaired, water was more accessible but villagers knew that more needed to be done. People are now thinking about adopting an alternative cropping pattern. They are considering adopting sustainable crops instead of cash crops. For example, mango trees need sufficient care and nurture in the beginning stages, but once they are grown they can survive even when there is an obvious scarcity of water.
This drought has left many in need of immediate relief. Here is one story of survival:
My name is Sunil Gangaram Landge. I am 39 years old. We have 2 sons and a daughter. Continue Reading »
There are many Covenant Churches around the world. I haven’t personally been to a very large selection of these churches but I enjoy hearing stories of how they see a need in a community and work to address that need. One such church is the Evangelical Covenant Church in Chile.
In 2012, the Evangelical Covenant Church in Osorno, Chile noticed that it had a large population of marginalized elderly members. These members are either homebound and unable to fully support themselves or are self-sufficient but have no occupation or motivation in life. The church approached CWR for a small grant to begin a project to meet that need. Continue Reading »
Written on April 7th, 2014
Filed under: General
There is a new commercial on air now for yogurt. It starts out with a little girl talking about her dream of living on the moon so that she could float to school. It cuts to an older woman with a voice over saying, “Remember when you thought anything was possible? Well now it can be with this (insert product).” But what if we still had that unabashed sense of hope and belief in something outlandish?
While the idea of every person in the world having enough to eat is not an outlandish hope, the process to get there seems to be never ending and at times, mostly a losing battle. Long-time Covenant World Relief partner, Bread for the World, has spent many years focused on this very issue and at times it can be overwhelming to read the numbers:
Worldwide, 1.2 billion people still live in extreme poverty-on less than $1.25 per day. There has been a reduction of more than 34 percent in global hunger since 1990. Continue Reading »
The Mexico Family Development Foundation (FDF) has been working tirelessly over the years to create lasting relationships with those families and individuals who have been most affected by the violence and poverty of Monterrey, Mexico. Here is a part of their story:
My name is Paty. I’m 38 years old and I live in a neighborhood called Alta vista sur. Before I got involved in the FDF programs I watched T.V., made crossword and puzzles, took care of my nieces, and bought groceries with my mom. I really got bored because I didn’t come to FDF. My parent’s divorce made me feel bored and I just chilled in my bed watching TV.
When I came to FDF and I met friends who like to dance, cook, read the Bible and do crafts. That really made me happy. With the aerobics’ lessons, I lose 12 pounds, I talk to more people and they invite me to their birthday parties. I have friends now.
I feel happy that I have friends who I can talk with.