This year on Wednesday, March 8, communities the world over celebrate International Women’s Day to honor the achievements of women in social, economic, cultural, and political realms. Furthermore, this day serves as a call to action for the advancement of gender equality. World Renew serves this vision by working to empower women from all backgrounds and walks of life.
Today, World Renew joins over one billion people around the globe in recognizing Earth Day, a celebration of the beauty and wonder of creation and a demonstration of support for environmental protection. World Renew is committed to advancing practices that improve the lives of those who are in need while protecting and nourishing the land from which we all live.
2017 is the year Canada celebrates 150 years as a confederation. As we do so, what is the story we will share? While four provinces (Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick) came together on July 1, 1867 to form the new Dominion of Canada, the rest of the provinces joined later over time, with Nunavut as the most recent in 1999.
For a long time, Rozina was a struggling farmer.
Rozina lives with her family in rural Bangladesh, where many families make a living by farming rice, vegetables, or other crops. Day after day, Rozina and her fellow small-farmers were working hard in their fields, but they were not producing enough food. How were they supposed to feed their families and overcome poverty without good harvests?
Can you imagine the upheaval of being forced to leave everything familiar—friends, family, and all that gives you comfort—for a completely foreign environment? And even though years pass, you are still unable to return home. Before you were forced to move you had a steady income and were able to provide for your family. Now you don’t know if you’ll even have enough for your next meal.
Creation Care is an important part of World Renew’s work in several countries around the world. In Bangladesh, many of these projects deal with how humans interact with the land agriculturally. This year, for example, World Renew is involved in the development of floating gardens that help farmers adapt to devastating flash floods caused by climactic variations.
Two years ago, when Ou Sam Art learned about village savings and loans groups through World Renew's partner KADRA, she took it upon herself to start one in her village. It wasn't easy, but Ou Sam Art went from house to house speaking with families. Many were skeptical, thinking it might just be a scam to take their money. Ou Sam Art didn't give up, and slowly she convinced enough villagers to start a group.
In Honduras, rural households frequently experience food insecurity and continued threats of drought and hotter temperatures will have implications for crop production. Conservation Agriculture can help farmers adapt to these changing conditions.