Tuin’s Story: An Indian Refugee

Post a Comment » Written on January 28th, 2015     
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Week 12 TuinFACT:

Many people are refugees in their own countries. They have been forced to leave their homes because of war, violence, or persecution because they are of a particular ethnic group or religion. In India some Christian tribes have been forced out of their villages because of their religion.

STORY:

Tuin is a refugee in her own country—she is called an Internally Displaced Person or IDP. She and her family were forced to leave their home and are trying to make a new life. The Hindustani Covenant Church is helping Tuin and her family.

Tuin and her little sister Rinki were sick when they arrived, but thanks to the HCC health clinic they are each doing much better. Rinki is among fifty-four children who are learning the basics of education at the HCC learning center. Tuin says her sister loves to learn. The teachers are kind and Rinki also receives healthy food at the learning center. Tuin is learning to sew. She says, “My mom and I are learning how to sew at the center.

We are already sewing dresses for ourselves and others. Being able to sew will mean we can make money for our family.”

“My father Dusa is a farmer. The Hindustani Covenant Church leased land to my father so that he and others could plant crops. My father sold the crops at the market and made enough money to pay for the land and have money for our family. I am grateful for the help we have received from the Hindustani Covenant Church. My family and I have made many new friends and now we are a part of the church as well. My favorite day is Sunday when we all worship together.” Continue Reading »




South Sudan Orphans and Widows Program Update

Post a Comment » Written on January 26th, 2015     
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There are many valuable activities coming up as we enter into the fourth phase of the Vulnerable and Orphaned Children (VOC) in South Sudan.  Currently, there are 131 vulnerable children and orphaned within this programs; 43 from Gambella in Western Ethiopia, 34 children from Akobo, South Sudan, 21 from Kule refugee camps, and 33 children from Kakuma refugee camps.  Among these, there are 94 children benefiting through the education program which equips them with knowledge on how to support themselves and their parents in the future, and 25 children being taken care of by the projects medical funds.  Additionally, the program has also opened up to widows who are currently attending vocational schools, helping them generate incomes for themselves and their children by teaching them various vocational skills and knowledge.  Continue Reading »




Benito’s Story: A refugee from El Salvador in the United States

Post a Comment » Written on January 21st, 2015     
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Week 11 BenitoFACT:

From October 2013 to June 2014 more than 57,000 unaccompanied children, most from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, have entered the United States from across the Mexican border. They are fleeing spiraling violence in their home countries carried out by rival drug gangs and attacks by police on suspected gang members. Far fewer children come with a parent.

STORY:

Ten-year-old Benito sadly left his home in El Salvador with his mother and five-year-old sister because gang activity had made it a far too dangerous place to live. Benito says, “The day I left home, I was very sad because I had to say goodbye to all my friends and the people I love. We traveled for many, many days until we came to the border. We waited in an abandoned house until a van came to pick us up. Some men prepared a raft and they took a group of us—including some other children without parents—to the other side of the river. We saw alligators in the water; it was scary.”  Continue Reading »




Independence for Those with Disabilities in Haiti

Post a Comment » Written on January 19th, 2015     
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Haiti MTIMTI, or Medical Teams International, began a program over four years ago to help rehabilitate person with disabilities in Haiti.  This has included training their families and communities in how to provide the needed assistance and encouragement, along with providing advice and financial support in making their environment handicap accessible.  In this, a full-time rehabilitation clinic is run, and mobile clinics are conducted at least once a month.   School sponsorships, group therapy classes, and training programs are provided to continue the encouragement of normalcy in the lives of these men and women.

In addition to physically empowering persons with disabilities to function independently and fully within the Haitian community, the MTI team looks at addressing the injustice of discriminations towards persons with disabilities.  Sensitization training sessions are provided to the community leaders, such as teachers, government officials and business owners, in raising the awareness of this discrimination.  These leaders, and the community as a whole, are encouraged to integrate persons with disabilities into the everyday life of the community with and increased sensitivity to their unique needs.  MTI seeks to remind communities that everyone bears the image of God, as we are all created equally. Continue Reading »




Felix, John, and Francine’s Story: Congolese Refugees in Kenya

Post a Comment » Written on January 14th, 2015     
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Week 10 Parents of Felix, John, and FrancineFACT:

While on the run, children eat what they can gather, but sometimes there is no food to gather. Often the water that is available can cause sickness and disease. There are also warring groups who may snatch up children or give them food and then train them as soldiers.

STORY:

Many children who fled the fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo and traveled to Kenya are now a part of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Kitengela. Most of the children in the church are either orphans or separated from family members. Three of those children, Felix, John, and Francine, wonder if they will ever see their parents again. Although they miss their parents, they are grateful to those who care for them. During worship, Felix, John, and Francine join in sharing songs, Bible verses, and dancing. In spite of their hardship, each loves Jesus. Continue Reading »