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Seeing the community anew

Post a Comment » Written on March 18th, 2015     
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Covenant World Relief partners with Zimele South Africa in empowering marginalized women in Umsinga which is in the Umzinyathi District. The members of this community have launched two different cluster communities with about 10 members per group. Zimele has helped to form nine self-help groups (SHGs) and train the cluster members to build awareness about social and economic realities in their community. These women have been engaged and are starting to look into their own community’s needs and have recognized projects to improve and serve the community.

S AfricaIn the picture, Khazimula cluster members visit an older woman, Gogo Magwambu, who cannot walk and lives alone in her old mud house. The women cleaned her home, fetched wood and brought her water from the river. These woman assist her with the essentials like cooking, bathing, and cleaning her home. The women are empowered by seeing the improvement in their community as they continue to bring awareness and training.

Hope for Nyakong in South Sudan

Post a Comment » Written on June 18th, 2014     
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nyakongNyakong Adwok Obach is a widow who has been training with the Hope for Widows project for tailoring and clothes design for six months. She is from the Shiluk tribe and was married to her Dinka husband in Baliet County. Her husband died during the Sudan Civil War and she was left to care for her four children. With no way to gain an income, there was concern about how she was going to take care of her children. The project in South Sudan has changed the life of her family and herself. One of her children is also sponsored by the Vulnerable and Orphaned Children project. The skills will help support her and her family and contribute to improving other people’s lives.

She said, “As I am smiling while taking this photo, it shows my unfolded happiness to CWR and the Covenant Church which has re-shaped my life and my family. Though I will not forget the pain of my husband’s death, the CWR and the Covenant Church have removed my worry.”

You can sponsor another widow to receive training like Nyakong here.

Learning about CWR and Partnership

1 Comment » Written on January 27th, 2014     
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As a lifelong Covenanter, I grew up being familiar with Covenant World Relief. When I was a child I would put money in the Covenant World Relief soup can offering bank, and knew in general about their work in the world. However, as I have come in to my 2nd week as an intern at CWR, I realized that I was unfamiliar with the specifics of what CWR does. I did know that CWR partners in transformation but, who are the partners and how does that create transformation?

IMG_0140One of the partners who I have been introduced to in these past few days is Zimele in South Africa. Zimele has been in partnership with CWR since 2011. Zimele, based in the KwaZulu Natal province of South Africa, works to empower women in local communities by having groups of women gather together to encourage and support each other. These groups then choose a trade or craft they would like to learn to earn extra money and better themselves. Some of the new and creative options for the women are jam making and recycling glass containers, along with more traditional possibilities like child care and farming. With the surplus money these women have earned, they have chosen to reinvest in their own community, helping care for orphans and people affected by HIV/AIDS.

The Zimele project has created remarkable change for the three districts it is working in. The change is so remarkable that the government has given Zimele a contract to expand its work into all 11 districts in the province.

Zimele, speaking about the government partnership, says that “this was a huge experience and honor for all. For the ordinary rural women, it increased their hope and confidence as individuals, and in their collective efforts to bring change for themselves and their communities. They now feel recognized, confident, powerful and highly motivated to work to confront obstacles in their struggle for better lives. Zimele is very excited about this new partnership and looks forward to its unfolding.”

I am excited to learn about other partners of CWR and how they are transforming their communities.

–Written by Michyla Lindberg, new CWR intern and student at North Park University


Zimele: Gracious Zulu Hospitality

1 Comment » Written on December 19th, 2013     
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Recent visit to South Africa by CWR staff and advocates.

Recent visit to South Africa by CWR staff and advocates.

Visiting Covenant World Relief partners is always inspiring for me because I get to see first-hand God’s transforming work in the lives of individuals and communities. Recently CWR advisory team members Debbie Blue, Robert Owens, and John Tanagho joined me on a trip to South Africa to visit Zimele, a Christian organization that seeks to empower Zulu women. These women form Self Help Groups (SHGs) in which they meet regularly to build up their savings, take out loans for small businesses, study the Bible, pray, and encourage one another.
As we visited several SHGs we heard how the women and their families were being changed. Not only that, we also heard how the women in these groups are seeking to change their communities. Many of the SHGs have started kindergartens and programs for youth. Most of the groups we visited were actively engaged in caring for orphans whose parents had died of HIV/AIDS. Their goal is to make it possible for these children to be raised in families in the community, rather than be placed in an institution. Continue Reading »

Standing on One’s Own Two Feet

Post a Comment » Written on June 26th, 2013     
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Zimele Photo 1God is doing amazing things through the work of our partner organization, Zimele. “Zimele” is a Zulu word that means, “to stand on one’s own two feet.”  Currently in South Africa, Zimele is working to empower impoverished women in the province of KwaZulu-Natal to stand on their own feet and provide for their families and community.  Though each woman is learning to stand on her own, we know as a community of believers that we can only stay standing through the support of one another.

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