The Heart for Lebanon (CWR partner through Medical Teams International) has been strategically placed in three regions within Lebanon; Beirut, the Bekaa Valley, and in southern Lebanon. This allows them unique perspectives on ministry opportunities within the areas, and an ability to respond quickly to crisis. The division in the country, along with the risk and difficulty of travel, has made providing adequate aid for the refugees difficult and limited. Though, because of the placement of the Heart for Lebanon teams, they have been able to stay properly equipped to support new arrivals and continue to aid those they have committed to. Not only have they been able to provide basic human necessities, the Heart for Lebanon teams have been able to provide emotional and spiritual care for the families as well. 235 new Christian Iraqi families have been added to various ministries within the Beirut community, new bible studies are forming, and the Non-Formal Education program in Beirut has doubled in student enrollment. The same is being experienced in both the Bekaa Valley and the southern Lebanon region. Continue Reading »
Filed under: Disaster Relief
Tags: Iraq, Lebanon, Refugee, Syria
Filed under: Community Development, Disaster Relief, Special Projects
Tags: Refugee, Syria
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.
Filed under: Disaster Relief
Tags: Refugee, South Sudan
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 »
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