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.
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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.
Filed under: Disaster Relief
Tags: Congo, Kenya, Refugee
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 »
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.
Filed under: Community Development
Tags: Congo, Education, Kenya, Refugee
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!