Posts Tagged ‘Refugee’

What You Need to Know about the South Sudan Crisis

Post a Comment » Written on September 22nd, 2014     
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We found this great resource from Mercy Corps (not a CWR partner, but well known and respected in the international development community). Wanted to share it with you…

 

 

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 »



Fleeing for Safety in Kenya

Post a Comment » Written on August 7th, 2014     
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ecck blogMen and Women like Gad Nkera have fled the Congo due to instability and civil war which has rocked the country for the past several years. Many have ended up in Kenya without family or friends and without any idea of what their future may hold. Thanks to the work of the Evangelical Covenant Church of Kenya and their partnership with CWR, Gad and many others have been able to receive an education despite their status as refugees. Although not the intended plan for this project with ECCK, God has used it to bring much needed relief and recovery to many Congolese refugees.

 

 



Demonstrating Christ’s Love to Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

Post a Comment » Written on June 4th, 2014     
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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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Relief in South Sudan

Post a Comment » Written on May 28th, 2014     
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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.



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 »