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Kavugho, her husband Kambale and their six children ran from their village under the cover of night. The family made their way into the dark jungle, praying that they wouldn’t be found.
For years, Arjun Bidika would rise at dawn to work his fields, trying to grow cash crops like cotton and beans to earn enough and feed his family. He would work late into the evening, returning home exhausted and discouraged.
Buildings collapsed, homes destroyed, families broken, and lives forever changed. Darimi and his wife Suryani fled their home in Palu, Indonesia three days after an earthquake struck. They were lucky to escape with their lives as their home was left in ruins.
When Typhoon Mangkhut struck the Philippines in September 2018, Michael Baani didn’t know how his family would ever recover from the catastrophic damage. The gigantic storm created $3.77 billion in damage across multiple countries and left 127 dead in the Philippines alone.
Kambale Kasale used to go to bed every night wondering where his family’s next meal was going to come from. He had promised all nine of his children that he would send them to school this year, but as a farmer with another failed harvest, Kambale didn’t know how he could afford it.
As the wind howled outside of his small home, Kebede tried to find some sense of peace and calm. The storm arrived suddenly and the rain was pooling in the corners of the single room of his house. Kebede’s seven children were huddled together trying to sleep, sneezing and coughing as the rain water continued to pour through.
A phone call was about to change Geoffrey Mwansia’s life. Since 2008, Geoffrey had been working with non-profit organizations in Kenya. He specifically worked with programs serving people with HIV/AIDs and programs for children and families. Geoffrey loved working with people in need, but wanted to return to his home county of Kitui, where poverty was rampant.
Zipporah Musembi was humiliated. She had approached yet another family member to ask for a loan, only to be denied again. She knew this meant her two boys would miss another month of school since she couldn’t afford the monthly fees with her income.
The mother of four young children was struggling to provide for her family. As a single parent, she was able to apply for financial assistance from the government but it was miniscule and still didn’t help make ends meet.
Rev. Vyaera has a heart for ministry and for his community. Through church empowerment programs, people like you are helping his church reach out and meet the physical and spiritual needs in the community.
A Grade Seven graduate with no formal leadership training and four children at home is not who you would expect to change her community. Despite her lack of formal education, Janet John initiated, trained, and now oversees 15 savings groups in her community in Tanzania!
When Bamni's husband was bit by a snake a died she was devastaed. But she didn't give up. Thanks to you she now has a better hope for the future.
The phone continued to ring. Ramesh, Executive Director of our partner EFICOR, in India, didn’t want to answer. Over the last few days the calls kept coming, delivering the heartbreaking news that another person he knew had died of COVID-19.
She carried no clothes, no food, and no money. Nothing but her baby in her arms. Abrlhet* is one of millions that had fled the escalating violence between the Ethiopian Army and Tigray Defense Forces.
A roaring gas motor may be annoying for some but to Hanna Kamara it is the best noise in the world. It is the sound of empowerment.
Masika’s smile bursts through the colourful cloth as she tells us how the savings groupchanged her life. “I used to go work in the field every day but all we could get was just enough to eat. Since I took part in the group, I have been able to buy a sewing machine,” she says.
“Wooo!” the cheers ring out as Ndikilii performs one of Kenya’s traditional dances for us. She gives a big smile. Although advanced in years, the dancing makes her feel young again. She is happy to celebrate and tell the dramatic difference the market gardens and savings groups have made in her life.
There is dust everywhere and the land is dry. But surprisingly, there are plants around Mghalhelezi parish. “By God’s grace I have been here for 3 years now.” Reverend Mathayo Mika says.
Bezunesh Dana and her husband lived on a small, busy farm with their children. Struggling to make ends meet, the couple would often bicker and argue over household expenses and farming decisions.
After surviving an abusive relationship and fleeing her home in Venezula while carrying one child in each arm, Diana thought no one would take the time to help them—until the local church stepped in and offered to care for her family.
Walking from 1 AM to noon is not most people’s preferred time to travel. But for Jose and his wife walking from Venezuela to Colombia, this was the quietest and coolest time to walk.
La Ceiba Church understands the desperation the refugees have to survive and to belong. This is not a church whose building is only utilized once a week or a congregation who only visits on Sunday.
“During the night, to calm her while holding her, I kept whispering “Help is not far away” in her ear, because I knew the health clinic was an option.” Lebanon is enduring a compounding crisis, including a massive explosion in Beirut’s port, an economic collapse, rising political instability, and the COVID-19 global pandemic. As these crises fail to be adequately addressed in the country, the situation in Lebanon continues to deteriorate.