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Connection Between Development and Emergency Relief

Post a Comment » Written on March 17th, 2014     
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I have worked with refugees in the United States and therefore realize how hard it is for refugees to become a part of the new community they flee to. It takes a long time for the “host community” to turn in to a “home community” and in some culture this never happens.  However in Kenya, refugees from Congo have been given the opportunity to become part of the community. They are now helping others in their village as well.

In April there was massive flooding in Kenya. Fortunately, not many people died but the flooding killed animals and destroyed an estimated 10,000 homes. Families have been exposed to diseases like malaria and there was a lack of food and clean water. All of these issues have been compounded by the mass homelessness. Continue Reading »

Burma Mobile Health Clinics- Partners Relief and Development

Post a Comment » Written on February 17th, 2014     
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Over the past 60 years in Burma (now called Myanmar), every ethnic state has had a resistance movement to respond to the oppression from the central government. Today, there is a ceasefire and a call to ratify the ceasefire with the central government. There are risks to any agreement, but there is hope for peace in a country that has known war for far too long. There is hope for new beginnings and fresh starts. One villager states, “If we do not run, we can start rebuilding our country.”

CWR partners with the Burma Mobile Health Clinics as they continue to travel to remote villages and administer health care to those in need. They have been met with some new challenges since the ceasefire has taken place. People are feeling freer to travel through the former war zones, leading to more casualties from scattered landmines. They have also been met with continued challenges: severe pneumonia in patients and without the capacity to find the strain, it continues to spread.

Since the fighting has stopped, people are more concerned for the basic health and sanitation because they are now able to remain stationary, more water systems and toilets have been installed.

There is always need, mostly in prayer. Pray that they ceasefire in Myanmar would stay in effect as the country begins to heal and people begin to return to their homes. Pray for the medics as they continue to face different medical cases with limited resources. Pray for the committees tasked with managing a relationship with the government health system, for wisdom, direction, and mutual understanding.


Success Story from Kenya!

Post a Comment » Written on January 1st, 2014     
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Forced to leave war torn Congo, Florence Benza and her family journeyed to Kenya. There, they found the Kitengela Covenant Church and Florence began to take classes through a program supported by Covenant World Relief for Congolese refugees. She received a scholarship from Kitengela Covenant Church and began secondary school in 2010. She is now a graduate and works in a secretarial position for a company in Kitengela.

Through this program she has been given a home and an opportunity to that she might not have otherwise had in the Congo. Thank you for your support for the work of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Kenya!

Meeting the Needs of Syrian Refugees

Post a Comment » Written on December 9th, 2013     
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Home is important to us all. It may be the house you grew up in, the church you attended, or the school you most loved. By definition, home is the place that you live, but I think it can be much more than that. So, what happens when your home is torn apart by war? There has been a civil war raging in Syria since March of 2011. At the beginning of September 2013, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the total number of deaths at 110,371 and climbing. While this number is numbing, there are also the numbers of people who are fleeing and trying to move away from the conflict. UN-OCHA says there are more than 4.25 million people that are internally displaced, and 6.8 million in need of humanitarian assistance. These refuges are flooding into neighboring countries like Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, and Lebanon seeking a peace that is eluding their home.

These facts are disheartening from a place that has been essentially cut off from the world, but there is good news coming from this area. The Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD) has been working with some of these displaced people to meet immediate needs. Through partner organizations, 900 families were assisted with NFI (non-food item) distributions. This meets the needs of 4,500 individuals. This project seeks to provide access to health and mental health services and supplies, like blankets and hygiene items, on a regular basis to families. Most families who receive this service have two to three children and share an apartment with another family or extended family members. At times, there can be 10-12 persons in one apartment. An increasing number of families don’t have the money to pay for basic necessities, let alone education costs, rent, and transportation. LSESD seeks to begin the process of rebuilding lives through this program. We pray that one day it will soon be safe for many of these refugees to return home, but until then, we are grateful for the partners that seek those who have been cast out.

Ceasefire Negotiations Bring Hope, Health to Burmese

Post a Comment » Written on September 23rd, 2013     
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Clinic staff are helping improve the health situation

Clinic staff are helping improve the health situation

For over a year, increasing violent conflict in Burma has caused many communities and thousands of people to become displaced within their own country.

But recently the Karen National Union has participated in talks of peace. While concerns still remain about a possible resurgence of the Burma Army, many leaders are hopeful that these conflicts will officially draw to a close in the weeks ahead.

One major concern is what the political status of the Karen people will be. They worry that the Burmese government will confiscate their land (as has happened in other ethnic areas). They also worry that the government will prevent them from teaching in their own language and managing their own civil departments (Health, Education). Much remains to be seen in the outcome of these peace talks. Continue Reading »