In the United States we are still striving towards equality among genders, specifically equality for women. Though we are not yet as progressive, so to speak, in this as some countries around the world, women in the US have significantly more rights and privileges than women in a great deal of other countries such as Kenya. Seeing this discrepancy, explicitly in Kenya, CWR has been able to partner with the Covenant Connections in Development in Murang’a, a Kenyan county, to establish self-help groups among community members.
These groups seek to enhance social economic prospects and livelihood sustainability in the community, focusing first and foremost on the high illiteracy rates. Continue Reading »
“Incredible young people!” This was the sentiment of the CWR team that recently visited the Family Development Foundation (FDF) in Monterrey, Mexico. During a meeting with some of the leaders, Ed Delgado, president of CHET (training center for Hispanic church leaders), asked four high- school students how they would engage with a new community. These students grew up in neighborhoods near FDF and became involved in the organization through its community programs. Their responses were:
- Do an assessment of the community.
- Pray and seek what God would have us do.
- Identify leaders.
- Determine the available resources, both inside and outside the community.
- Develop a strategy and plan.
The CWR team was amazed at how these high-school students, at their young age, already possess a depth of understanding and experience in community development.
Below is a note of gratitude sent from Matthew, the project coordinator for the Vulnerable and Orphaned Children (VOC) project in South Sudan.
With his wife, Matthew celebrates receiving his masters degree in community development.
“We are very grateful to work in partnership with CWR while serving the poor and the marginalized people in the kingdom of God. The VOC project has gone through four consecutive phases and is heading into the fifth phase in South Sudan and the western Gambella region of Ethiopia. It is an essential project that has met the real needs of the destitute and poor people. “The project has relieved many from the agonies and mitigated their sufferings. It has also gone further by changing and transforming people’s lives and shaping their future destinies. The project has trained more than eighty widows and guardians in various skills, which has enabled most of them to live in self reliance. There are more than forty children with various chronic diseases that were cured by this project. There are also more than fifty orphans and disabled children who were sponsored by the VOC in various levels of schools where they are studying.“We are grateful for your partnership!”
For more information on the Vulnerable and Orphaned Children project in South Sudan, visit CovChurch.org/cwr
Wirote’s mother had begun preparing for his death, which seemed imminent. His funeral photograph had been taken and framed. Wirote was succumbing to AIDS. But in his weakened and seemingly hopeless state, he began to receive care from the Center for HIV/AIDS Affected Communities (CHAC), and his life was transformed. With medication his strength returned. He began following Jesus. Continue Reading »
Fuentes Libres is a Covenant ministry in Mexico that focuses on economic development in vulnerable communities. As a result of this ministry, hundreds of economically needy women and their families have been empowered and assisted. This ministry has 35 community banks with 12-15 women in each group.
In Colombia, Hands with Hope assists marginalized women as well. Recently, three founding members of Hands with Hope from Medellin, Colombia travelled to Oaxaca, Mexico to learn from Fuentes Libres. They were able to learn, share, and live life with the foundation of Fuentes Libres for two weeks. These three women got to see how Fuentes Libres works in action. Mondays the staff prays together, organizes their week for the different community groups, and evaluates their progress.
The focus of helping these women in Oaxaca is to move forward in their lives with training, Bible study, and economic opportunities. Many of these women are underprivileged and uneducated, yet they are the women who are most dedicated and willing to sacrifice sleep or time. These women desire to see their small businesses succeed. The women range from 18-78 years old weaving baskets, selling clothing items, products from magazines, and making tamales, tortillas, and other Mexican food. These women work together and fulfill their commitments weekly to pay down their loans and to have a savings plan.
–written by Polly Kalntzis, CWR intern