A change in plans in Thailand

Post a Comment » Written on September 29th, 2014     
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20130911_103157 (2)The city of Ranote in southern Thailand has experienced a season of considerable rain, flooding, and mudslides.  This city is the location of a CWR project with the Sustainable Development Research Foundation (SDRF). Thankfully, SDRF recently finished a joint project with the local government  which focused on containing flooding within the area.  The project consisted of building large earthen dikes on the main canal in which the project is located, providing extra security for the property against the flooding and erosions.  The project also renewed the relationship between the SDRF and the local government, a key goal of the foundation in every local project.  Continue Reading »

What You Need to Know about the South Sudan Crisis

Post a Comment » Written on September 22nd, 2014     
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We found this great resource from Mercy Corps (not a CWR partner, but well known and respected in the international development community). Wanted to share it with you…



South Sudan should be a country full of hope just three years after gaining independence. Instead, it’s now in the grip of a massive humanitarian crisis. Nearly 4 million people are at risk of starvation and some areas are facing possible famine.

But the alarming food crisis in South Sudan isn’t the result of drought — it’s man-made. Political conflict has caused massive displacement, raging violence and dire food shortages. Continue Reading »

Relief in Iraq

Post a Comment » Written on September 17th, 2014     
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There are more than 500,000 displaced people because of the violence in Iraq and Syria. Many people have fled to Kurdish controlled regions. The authorities have set up few camps to house the displaced people. Many have been camping in schools, churches, and with relatives. The situation is getting worse where the water pipes are being cut off and people have to buy bottled water to drink. Their wells give them salty and contaminated water so they can barely wash. The situation is changing daily; the last period resulted in many Christians fleeing. Christians and Yazidis minorities are being harmed daily and are trapped in refugee camps. Covenant World Relief is partnering with the Evangelical Church in the Kurdistan region to provide food, shelter, and basic needs.

–written by Polly Kalantzis, CWR intern and North Park University student

Devastating Floods in Kashmir, India

Post a Comment » Written on September 15th, 2014     
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Covenant World Relief is partnering with Hindustani Covenant Church (HCC) during the disastrous rain and flooding that has killed nearly 500 people in India and Pakistan.  Steven David, the moderator (president) of HCC, has asked that people pray for the many villages that are being submerged, the families who are being displaced,  and the lack of infrastructure based on these floods (lack of roads, communication, etc.).

Rescue and relief organizations are having trouble helping the people because of the heavy flooding. The Army and Natural Disaster Response Force have been able to rescue 22,000 people with the help of 22 helicopters and 45 aircrafts. People There are no clothes or basic necessities for these people, but they have found some shelter in government buildings and on roof tops. Air drop offs have been able to provide food packets, medicine, and blankets as best as possible. Steven David asks for prayer in this hard time for the flood victims of Kashmir, India. Covenant World Relief is working with HCC to provide immediate relief to those affected by this flooding.

Preventing Childhood Sexual Abuse in Mexico

Post a Comment » Written on September 8th, 2014     
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Prevention of childhood sexual abuse TequixquiacThrough the Human Trafficking project in Mexico, several workshops have been held in local Covenant churches to help prevent childhood sexual abuse. The projects have been well received and there has been interest to begin the conferences in local schools. Thank you for your support of this project that allows this preventative work to go forward.