Renew Crew Blog Archives

Showing blog posts from March, 2017

Mar 29, 2017 by Ida Kaastra Mutoigo

Feet for Peace

Feet are an incredible contributor for effective cycling.  To maximize their usefulness, I have learned it is important to have the right kind of shoes especially for going long distances.  In contrast to my bendable, lightweight jogging shoes; my cycling shoes do not bend and are quite heavy.  They also have steel clips on the soles that can latch onto the pedals to increase efficiency.  That means my foot does not just work on the forward motion but also works when it moves back and upwards.  This efficiency ensures movement is sustained and wear and tear... Read More
Mar 29, 2017 by Mike Fennema

Women, Weaving, and a Village

Mrs. Keo lives in Vangsong village with her husband and their four children. She works hard each day, taking care of the young children and weaving skirts on a traditional homemade loom to earn some income for the family’s needs. Her husband works in the upland fields planting and harvesting rice for daily food consumption.We were visiting the village and learning from villagers about the impact of the development activities that World Renew engaged in together with the community. One of those activities involved helping to set up a revolving loan fund for the women’s... Read More
Mar 25, 2017 by Ruairidh Waddell

Defeating the Armyworm in Zambia

Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Malawi have all reported widespread outbreaks, and we have seen the trail of destruction throughout many of our program areas. The pest is not so much a worm as a caterpillar, and its common name derives from the way these invaders generally come in overwhelming numbers, giving the appearance of an army crawling and eating their way through a field.World Renew has been working with CCAP Relief and Development on an integrated food security and livelihoods program in Lundazi District for the past three years. A significant part of this program has consisted of... Read More
Mar 24, 2017 by Juvêncio Mataria

Estela Jaime Changes Her Story

World Renew and its partner in this area, Diocese de Niassa, are setting up Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) with the aim of improving access to financing and helping farmers in periods of waiting after planting and of uncertainty about harvest outcomes.The food security and livelihood program introduced savings and credit strategies to enable farmers to have access to capital for improving their farming activities. Farmers joined as individuals and as groups, gaining access to credit facilities that will allow them to diversify their entrepreneurial activities. Further... Read More
Mar 24, 2017 by Faye Yu

Freedom from the Pressures of Transactional Sex

Her grandmother, however, didn't earn much, and with eight more mouths to feed, she often ran short of money and the children went to bed hungry. Her income came from collecting branches from a nearby forest and selling it as firewood. Hamida began to help her grandmother sell firewood at the marketplace, and after a while she also decided to drop out of school. They didn't earn enough money to pay for school fees for all the kids, and Hamida thought attending school was a waste of time because it meant she had less time to help her grandmother sell at the marketplace.It was... Read More
Mar 23, 2017 by Steve Sywulka

The Rains Have Come

The Thungo family, the Free A Family representative family for Southern Africa, has some big weather news to share: the rains have come!One of the challenges that many families in Southern Africa face is unpredictable rainfall. Nasoweka Thungo and her children rejoiced as they sat under their thatched roof and watched droplets of rain water her crops. The rains are something to be thankful for as they help the plants grow. Nasoweka’s corn crop is getting tall. Cowpeas, local beans, and nutritious lab-lab beans are growing in the soil between the corn stalks. The rain not only... Read More
Mar 15, 2017 by Ida Kaastra Mutoigo

Gearing Up!

Why have I decided to join this campaign and do the ride from Calgary to Winnipeg?  The main reason is to raise awareness and support for what God has laid on my heart - “do justice and love mercy."  World Renew and Partners Worldwide are the two agencies involved in organizing Sea to Sea, a cross country bicycle ride to raise funds to support families in developing countries who are wrestling with poverty through training programs in agriculture, health, literacy, and economic livelihoods.  Additionally, at least 20% of the funds raised will go towards... Read More
Mar 1, 2017 by Grace Wiebe

Ongoing Reconstruction in Nepal

I started out the week going to the Reformed Church of Nepal, Crossway. It was a great way to begin my time in Nepal. Attending this church helps to nourish me and is always a pleasure. Dinner with the Pastor Arbin Pokharel and his wife Bimila, Christian Reformed World Missions staff Troy and Faith Bierma, as well as Jun Eo and his wife was a nice reunion.In Nuwakot, where the World Renew project takes place, I was very happy to see that the staff have devotions every morning. We have Christian and Hindu staff, and both attend these daily devotions. We are waiting to see how the... Read More