Syria has been ravaged by war. Tens of thousands of people have been killed and it is estimated that millions more have had to leave the country as refugees. I have worked with refugees and it is my opinion that refugees are some of the most vulnerable people in the world. They are in an unfamiliar place, forced out of their homes because of violence, and are trying to create their life again amidst confusion, sorrow, and pain. There are many relief organizations that believe the same as I do about the importance of helping refugees; these organizations have been working in Lebanon with refugees from Syria for a while now. One of the organizations that CWR partners with in Lebanon is Medical Teams International.
Filed under: Disaster Relief
Tags: India, Philippines, South Sudan, Syria
Covenant World Relief partners with World Relief on a number of different projects around the world. Here are some updates from this past year:
Sudan, West Darfur: (Complex Humanitarian Emergency) Since 2005, WR’s program in West Darfur has been providing malnourished children with emergency food, managing health care services, providing farmers with training, and giving communities and their livestock access to clean water.
S. Sudan, Western Equatoria State: (Complex Humanitarian Emergency) The internal conflict in South Sudan has displaced almost 85,000 people since December 2013. World Relief in partnership with CWR provides emergency food for malnourished children. They continue to meet the gravest of needs for those who have been displaced. Continue Reading »
Over the past several months, the Covenant Church of South Sudan (ECCSS) has been responding to the unspeakable mass killings and violence that broke out in the young nation’s capital on December 15, 2013. It has cost the lives of 2.5 million people and displaced more than 4 million. These numbers are daunting, and mostly I have difficulty wrapping my mind around the destruction that has occurred. The ECCSS has been working tirelessly to meet the needs of those who are fleeing the violence. They are stuck, many havelost entire families and with each day grow more hungry. There are about 16,000 people still living as IDPs along the border of South Sudan. The ECCSS in partnership with other faith based organizations are working to meet those needs most immediate to children, the elderly, and mothers.
Pray: for peace, for hope, for relief that continues to reach those who desperately need it, for separated families, and for resolution.
The devastation in the Philippines has been catastrophic and the road to recovery has been long. CWR partner Medical Teams International (MTI) sent 14 medical teams of 60 medical professionals to the surrounding villages of Tacloban, Philippines. They joined with a local hospital and assisted them in there disaster response plan.
Over 20,000 patients were seen by the MTI volunteers, but the most important has been the partnership with the hospital, RTR Hospital. It was the only hospital that remained open immediately after the typhoon landed and the staff has been working hard to provide desperately needed medical care to over 300 communities surrounding Tacloban City.
As the MTI volunteers were leaving, one of them had this story to share:
I handed my boarding pass and passport to the immigration officer, I was amazed. She read the boarding pass and immediately stamped my passport. She then stood up, and with her hands in a prayer-like fold up to her face, she bowed and said, “Thank you for coming.” I was deeply moved. I know that she wasn’t only thanking me; she was thanking all those who made it possible for Medical Teams International to be in the Philippines… she was thanking Covenant World Relief. Continue Reading »
I am currently taking a class called Conflict Transformation. Even in the few short classes I have already participated in, I have learned a great deal about what it means to work toward the transformation of communities that are ravaged by violence and unrest. I am by no means an expert in the field, and hardly know where to begin with most of it, but I have learned the importance of dreaming. Of imagining a time to come when violence doesn’t exist, or at least when people find that it is no longer necessary to express their beliefs.
South Sudan, the youngest nation of the world, has been tarnished by Civil War that has lasted for more than five decades. There are high levels of hatred among various ethnic groups which promote tribalism and power struggles. According to a report by the United Nations, over the past 6 weeks alone more than 10,000 people have been killed and 820,000 have been displaced. The United Nations believes that there are 7 million South Sudanese threatened by hunger and lack of basic necessities.
On December 15, 2013, another string of violent attacks broke out and spread like wildfire into neighboring cities. Cities like Bentiu, Bor, and Malakal turned into desert cities as people fled or were killed from the onslaught of violence. Millions of people are without a home, without a shelter, and without a sense of security. Many have lost families members, or entire families. A focus of the relief effort through CWR partners in South Sudan is for those most immediate needs of those in refugee camps. Some have decided to venture into neighboring countries like Uganda, Kenya, and Ethiopia to seek refuge. At the Kuotkeah Camp, CWR partners have identified 305 individuals who are in need immediate relief. These are the sick and disabled, the expectant mothers, orphaned children, and the elderly. Also among this group are 25 unaccompanied minors who fled the violence and do not know where their families are or if they are alive. They need food, water, shelter, and medical attention. Continue Reading »