Jon Self

Jan 17, 2019 by Jon Self

Canadian Volunteers Helping Disaster Survivors around the World

“We sat down one evening after work and decided it was time for a change. The next day, we both retired. Within a few weeks, we had picked up everything and moved to Sri Lanka, where we spent the next three years of our lives.”

Jan 16, 2019 by Jon Self

Working for Peace in a Year of Displacement

Peter knows what it is like to be displaced. “I saw the terrible things that happened to the neighbors and immediately decided to come to Uganda,” Peter shared. “My brother and I took two days to walk here. Because of my disability, I would have to walk a bit and then have to rest. My brother, Emmanuel, would carry me on his back but often would feel too faint to carry me.”

Dec 23, 2018 by Jon Self

Tsunami strikes Indonesia

This tsunami did not trigger any warnings, meaning that many communities were left unprepared for the damage it caused. At the time of publication, there were 11,687 internally displaced people in the five districts affected by the tsunami. The districts include Pandelang and Serang in Banten Province, South Lampung, Tanggamus and Pesawaran in Laumpung Province, and the number of casualties has reached 281 people.

Dec 19, 2018 by Jon Self

What does Advent Mean in Yemen?

“I am struck in this Advent season that as we wait expectantly for the birth of Jesus, millions of people around the world are waiting as well,” says Ken Kim, Director of Disaster Response and Rehabilitation.. “Yet their waiting looks very different. They wait for the next meal; for peace to come; for life to return to what it used to be.”

Nov 14, 2018 by Jon Self

The Difference One Latrine Can Make

Her husband, who was a soldier, was killed in the war. As conflict descended upon their community, they had few options. They decided to make the long journey on foot to Bidibidi, a refugee settlement in northern Uganda. It has been two years since they first arrived.

Nov 12, 2018 by Jon Self

How We Respond Quickly to Disasters Around the World

In fact, there was an average of 260 natural disasters per year in developing countries between 2005 and 2016. Many are underreported by news agencies and only the most severe make the front page. We live busy lives, filled with work, school, family and countless other activities. It’s impossible to keep track of everything that’s going on in the world.

Oct 29, 2018 by Jon Self

Helping Families Affected by Indonesian Earthquakes

“I don’t know how I can recover from this. Everything is gone, just gone." Kiki is one of thousands affected by the 7.5 magnitude earthquake and catastrophic tsunami that devastated the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. This disaster has killed more than 2,000 people and affected a further 1.5 million.

Sep 25, 2018 by Jon Self

In the Aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut

PHILIPPINES - On September 15, Super Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall in northern Philippines as a category 5 storm, leaving a path of devastation behind.

Sep 14, 2018 by Jon Self

Preparing to Respond to Super Typhoon Mangkhut

Mangkhut made landfall in the early hours of Saturday, September 15. With wind gusts of over 250km/h, Mangkhut is a category 5 storm and has caused significant devastation. The risk of landslides, flooding, and wind damage, may leave millions in need of humanitarian assistance. Please pray for the safety of the millions that prepare for one of the strongest storms of the year, and pray that damage would be limited. World Renew is closely monitoring the situation in the coming days and is prepared to respond.

Aug 31, 2018 by Jon Self

One Year Walking Alongside Rohingya Refugees

BANGLADESH - One year ago, life forever changed for Rohingya families living in Myanmar. On August 25, 2017, the Myanmar military began a campaign of brutal attacks against thousands of Rohingya people.