Grace Wiebe

Grace Wiebe is Senior Project Manager with World Renew International Disaster Response.

Grace joined World Renew in 2006 as project manager overseeing the tsunami projects implemented in India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. Since then she has been involved in a wide variety of Disaster Response projects including earthquakes, flooding, cyclones, landslides, and conflict related responses in the additional countries of Haiti, Kenya, Mexico, Myanmar/Burma, Nicaragua, Pakistan, and the Philippines. Working with direct World Renew staff or local partners in each country, Grace is responsible for designing and managing projects that meet the specific needs in a community.

Grace brings a similar passion for serving people to her home life, having founded a ministry in her home church here in Ontario that serves the needy. She loves diving and music. Grace lives in Carlisle, Ontario, with her husband, Doug; they have two married daughters and two granddaughters.

Mar 14, 2018 by Grace Wiebe

Houses are Now a Home

It is wonderful to meet people that I recognize, and they me.  It was amazing to see the completed homes and community structures, and the beginnings of livelihood activities.     

Oct 13, 2017 by Grace Wiebe

Seeing the Rohingya Crisis in Person

It didn’t take long for me to get immersed in the magnitude of the Rohingya refugee crisis. The day after being welcomed by the World Renew Bangladesh staff in Dhaka, I flew down to Cox’s Bazar with two other World Renew staff and three Tearfund staff to see the needs firsthand. We almost didn’t make it due to the thick cloud cover. Unable to see the runway, the pilot decided to land in the nearby city of Chittagong where we had to wait out the bad weather. As we waited to leave again, I could only imagine all of the Rohingya people living in makeshift camps in such rainy conditions.

Mar 1, 2017 by Grace Wiebe

Ongoing Reconstruction in Nepal

This was my 8th trip to Nepal. On this visit, it was great to see the World Renew staff again. I had the opportunity to have one-on-ones with the longest serving staff. It was amazing to see the fruit of their labour as they have worked so hard to overcome many different challenges and barriers. What a dedicated group! Their hearts are really committed to helping their brothers and sisters of Nepal, not just working for World Renew. I am blessed to have their dedication and commitment.

Feb 17, 2017 by Grace Wiebe

Learning about Aquaculture

Returning to the island of Panay, in central Philippines, it was great to see the World Renew project running so well since my last visit in October 2016. It’s very rewarding to see the results after all the hard work of planning, proposal writing and reporting that I do much of the time.

Jul 29, 2016 by Grace Wiebe

Deeds and Seeds

It is so amazing to see the transformation that has taken place. Earlier this year, I had the great pleasure of travelling to the Philippines and attending community organized closing ceremonies in Tacloban (Leyte) and Guiuan (Samar) in March 2016, and in Estancia (Panay) in June 2016.

Mar 11, 2016 by Grace Wiebe

Providing Clean Water at the Top of the World

From left to right in the photo above are some of the World Renew staff and partners supporting us: Myself (Grace Wiebe) Senior Project Manager; Ken Kim, World Renew’s Director of Disaster Response; Rajendra Gautam, World Renew Construction Project Manager; Tineke Morren, Program Officer from Woord & Daad;  Bertine Vermeer, Project Manager Board of Special Needs; Aising Tamang, World Renew Community Organizer and an Elder from ward 7; Rubas Tamang, World Renew Hygiene Educator; Greta Harsevoort, World Renew International Relief Manager; and Sanjay Sha

Mar 2, 2016 by Grace Wiebe

Brrrr … Winter in Nepal

To keep warm, I am sleeping with a down coat on under the blanket and wear a down vest in the day in the office. Can you imagine how cold the earthquake survivors are when they are still living in temporary shelters made out of salvaged material or thin Corrugated Galvanized Iron (CGI) sheets?  It has been an especially difficult winter for the people of Nepal. A number of elderly people are getting pneumonia and spending time in the hospital.

Oct 7, 2015 by Grace Wiebe

Super Typhoon Haiyan Impact

(PHILIPPINES) I have been working with typhoon responses in the Philippines since Typhoon Reming in 2007. This past September, I had the opportunity to go to the Philippines once again and visit with people that I have gotten to know over the past two years as part of World Renew’s Typhoon Haiyan response.

Jul 14, 2015 by Grace Wiebe

Canada Day in Nepal

(NEPAL) I am back in Nepal for two weeks now, having arrived on Canada Day. I celebrated by raising the flag that our Canadian International Relief Managers, Mike and Colleen, brought with them. This is my second trip to Nepal since the horrific earthquake in late April and it is starting to feel like my home away from home with some things becoming familiar. For instance, Hema, the landlady at the Bethani Guest House hugs me as I return.

Jun 5, 2015 by Grace Wiebe

The People of Nepal

(NEPAL) But for the Grace of God, this could be my granddaugther, Olivia. During the fourth week that I was in Nepal, I attended one of World Renew’s relief distributions, where I met Konsan and her grandfather. Konsan is six years old and helps to carry items home that World Renew distributed. As is the custom here in the mountains, Nepalese carry heavier things on their back, using a rope or the handle of the sack on their foreheads, leaning forward to balance the weight.