Written on July 30th, 2014
Filed under: General
“Thanks to the support received from the ECC, over 20,000 beneficiaries across 9 countries have received emergency lifesaving support.” – World Relief
Covenant World Relief partners with World Relief to reach more communities around the world. From time to time we are asked what the relationship is between Covenant World Relief and World Relief. Below are a few answers to some of these frequent questions:
Are Covenant World Relief and World Relief the same organization?
No, Covenant World Relief (CWR) is the Evangelical Covenant Church’s response to human suffering and injustice in the world. For over 60 years, Covenant churches and members have supported CWR as CWR partners with local leaders in the transformation of individuals, families, and communities. Through disaster relief and community development, CWR responds to the most vulnerable. Our mission is to join God in loving, serving, and working together with the poor, the powerless, and the marginalized.
World Relief is a nonprofit organization with evangelical roots that calls the Church to serve the most vulnerable. World Relief is headquartered in Baltimore, MD and is the compassionate service arm of the National Association of Evangelicals. The mission of World Relief envisions the most vulnerable people transformed economically, socially, and spiritually. Continue Reading »
Surendra is a resident of Bihar, India. Since birth Surendra has been labeled as low caste and included on the state government’s Below Poverty Line or BPL list. This status has left Surendra without opportunity to move ahead or even provide for his family. CWR partners with Covenant Social Service in multiple communities across India in providing micro-finance loans and other resources for members of low caste communities.
Surendra received a micro-finance loan in order to purchase a “rickshaw”. A “rickshaw” is a small cart pulled by a person, bike, or motorized cycle as a form of taxi in many parts of the world. By being able to purchase this rickshaw, Surendra is able to have consistent work and bring home a paycheck each week to his family of seven. Through something as simple as a micro finance loan, Covenant World Relief and CSS have been able to make a sustainable change in Surendra’s everyday life. Countless other Indians who have been marginalized from birth due to their caste are receiving these small loans that end up making a huge impact in their lives and for their families.
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Part of the mission of CWR is working alongside the poor, the powerless, and the marginalized to build a more sustaining community. With our partners in Honduras, Water First and local organization Cocepradil, CWR is helping to provide running water for numerous rural communities for the first time. Most recently the water project in San Bartolo has made great strides and is near completion. This has only been possible through the commitment of the community as a whole to come together and work on the project together. Continue Reading »
Education is key to making the transition from relief to community development and sustainability. This is a primary goal of CWR’s partner in the Karen province of Burma, Partners Relief and Development (Partners). Partners and CWR are operating two clinics in the province which bring aid to the marginalized Karen people. These clinics not only provide immediate relief for medical needs, but they are also the training center for the Karen people to learn how to take ownership of their community’s health needs.
Partners Relief and Development has partnered with other local organizations such as the Karen Department of Health and Welfare, Global Health Access Program and Shoklo Malaria Research Unit in order to assist these rural communities in creating and managing their own health system. There has also been significant progress made with the Myanmar Ministry of Health to certify these newly trained health workers. This will allow these individuals to manage and operate their own health system.
Educating local leaders is the first step to implementing a stable and sustainable health care system. The goal is for communities in the Karen province to run their own health services. Transitions from relief to recovery to sustainability are long and complex. Education on how to implement and manage a health system cannot happen overnight. Through the work and support of Partners and Covenant World Relief, the Karen people are being equipped to take over all major operations of these clinics and provide sustainable health in their communities.