Jon Self

Mar 7, 2019 by Jon Self

Why Cash Assistance?

Who are the most vulnerable members of a community? How do we ensure that our work leaves a lasting change, and doesn’t make a situation worse than it was before? We often talk about “empowerment” and “transformation”, but what does this really look like?

Feb 25, 2019 by Jon Self

Support Indonesia Earthquakes

In August, a 6.9 magnitude earthquake that caused widespread damage throughout the island of Lombok. Just over one month later, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami off the island of Sulawesi, causing even greater levels of destruction. Three days before Christmas a volcano erupted, triggering another tsunami in the Sunda Strait that left homes in ruins.

Feb 14, 2019 by Jon Self

Support food aid in Syria on CFGB Sunday, March 3

Many years of fighting that has forever changed millions of lives. One hundred and eight months of relentless conflict, leaving countless homes in rubble. Childhood homes that many young Syrians remember fondly, but to which they will never return. Three thousand two hundred and eighty five days of waking up in a foreign place, wishing that things would just go back to how they used to be, but knowing that that may never happen.  

Feb 8, 2019 by Jon Self

Celebrate Canadian Foodgrains Bank Sunday on March 3

Esther is an entrepreneur. For many years, despite the countless hours she worked on her farm, Esther rarely had a fruitful harvest. “We always struggled and had to find extra money to buy extra food or things like salt,” she shared. “I usually harvested very little. Our land is stony and sandy, located on a steep hill. It refuses to seed well and the topsoil runs down the hill.”

Feb 6, 2019 by Jon Self

Standing up for Rohingya Women and Girls

Sayeda, a mother of five, and her husband had lived in Myanmar for their entire lives. As Rohingya people, they were marginalized, excluded, and oppressed by others. Yet, for most of their lives they were at least physically safe. However, this all changed when the attacks by the Myanmar military began.

Feb 1, 2019 by Jon Self

Provide Lifesaving Medical Supplies to Families in Yemen

International Health Partners (IHP), a UK-based partner of World Renew, has received over $130,000 worth of lifesaving medical supplies from healthcare providers. Right now, these supplies are being gathered in a warehouse to be sent to Yemen. However, in order to cover the costs of shipping these lifesaving supplies to Yemen, we need to raise $24,000. Our local partner is already working in Yemen and is prepared to receive this shipment, which will contain approximately 167,000 treatments.

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.”