While families are living as refugees, there is limited access to health and medical care, including basic cleanliness like a place to wash their hands. Lack of food and disease are common. Many children do not have access to life-saving medicines. Simple illnesses like diarrhea can become life threatening in a refugee camp because of the lack of access to basic health care.
Mohammed is four years old and weighs ten pounds. He has no clothes except for his red plaid shirt. He and his mother live in a straw hut. A team member spotted how thin he was and brought him to the clinic. Continue Reading »
Despite the ongoing process striving towards peace in the country of Burma, or Myanmar, the last two months have constituted of increased strife between government soldiers and the ethnic groups in Kachin, Shan, Mon, and Karen States. In Karen alone, government officials have been defying boundaries set by peace negotiations, and have open fired on Karen Security guards numerous times. A meeting was held by the Karen National Union recently in hopes of finding a way to keep this process of peace from breaking down.
Through all this, Covenant World Relief continues to partner with Partners Relief and Development to provide medical clinics within Burma. In the latest update, the clinics reported that medically, all is going well- a breath of fresh air among the turmoil. Continue Reading »
There are many places in the world where children have had to suddenly leave their home. Here are some of the places where your offering and prayers will help children.
• Burma—violence, ethnic conflict
• India—violence, religious persecution
• Iraq—violence, ethnic conflict
• Kenya—Congolese refugees (violence)
• South Sudan—violence, ethnic conflict
Hassan is two years old. He and his family are from Syria, but now they live in a tent in a small temporary camp in the country of Lebanon. They are refugees. Hassan and his family used to live together in an apartment in a city in Syria. But when war broke out, bombs were dropped on their neighborhood and people were getting hurt and killed. That’s when Hassan’s mom and dad decided to flee to Lebanon. Life as a refugee is not easy. Instead of an apartment, they live in a tent made of vinyl sheeting and wood posts. Instead of a shower, they take bucket baths. Their toilet is in a tiny metal building outside their tent. It’s called a latrine. Yet in spite of being a refugee, Hassan is happy. He has both his mom and dad, food, and water. There are no loud bombs scaring him at night. His family says, “At least here [in Lebanon] we feel safe,” “we can sleep,” and “our children consider this [the tent] their home.” Continue Reading »
South Sudan has experienced heavy flooding. This flooding brought many unwanted animals and reptiles into people’s homes and too close for comfort. I cannot imagine what it would be like to have wild crocodiles and snakes invading my home. The flooding has affected over 200,000 people in the youngest nation and destroyed a huge number of properties that the local people rely on to survive. In Bor town, the capital of Jonglei State where the Evangelical Covenant Church has four Congregations, the flood has caused more destruction and has displaced more than half of the town population. There are estimated to be 2,000 IDP’s (internally displaced people) in Bor town who live in 400 households. Since the flood that occurred in Bor town, the government of Janglei State has not been able to do very much to help the IDP’s. These people are camping in the open with the dangerous wild reptiles and harmful insects. Some of these people were relocated to an open field camp where there were not enough bug nets or other essential food items. The Evangelical Covenant Church of South Sudan was concerned by the devastating conditions of the IDP’s. These people need aid with food, non-food items (like bed nets), shelters, and necessary items that will help lighten there sufferings and sustain their life. Covenant World Relief is working with Evangelical Covenant Church of South Sudan to provide relief to those affected by the flooding.
Give now to our work with South Sudan here.
A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence. A refugee has a fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, or membership in a particular social or political group. They cannot return home or are afraid to do so. War and ethnic, tribal, and religious violence are leading causes of refugees fleeing their countries.
My name is Pendo Esther. I am from the Democratic Republic of Congo but now I am here in Kenya as a refugee and I am being cared for by the Evangelical Covenant Church of Kitengela (near Nairobi). When the war moved toward the village I lived in, my family and I were forced to flee. As we ran from the battle I was separated from my parents. I’m not sure whether they are alive or if they died. I have not seen them since the day we left. After running and walking for a long time I met other adults, youth, and children fleeing toward Kenya, and they invited me to join them for the long walk to the refugee camp. Most of the time we walked, but sometimes we rode in trucks until we reached Kenya. It took many days. While on the run, you eat what you can hunt or gather. In the camps, you live off of the food that is given out, like cornmeal and milk.
Look at a map and find DR Congo and Kenya. Ask any questions you have about the story. Next draw something about the story and then share with the rest of the group. What would it be like to be separated from your parents? Thank God that Pendo Esther is being cared for by God through the Covenant church in Kenya.
There are two ways you can help Pendo Esther and others like her. You can give money that will help the Covenant church in Kenya provide food and clean water for refugee children and you can pray for Pendo Esther and other children who have run from war and have lost their parents.
Weekly, we will be posting the materials from the Kids Helping Kids: Refugee curriculum for your ease on our blog. You can access this project and learn more here. On our website you will find helpful resources for these stories including a powerpoint, prayer cards, and maps. Give to this project here.