Jonathan Self

Jon Self is a Program Coordinator on World Renew's International Disaster Response team. He oversees the communications about international disaster response programs and manages the International Relief Manager program. 

Prior to World Renew, he lived in Burkina Faso for one year, working with a local international development organization as an adviser on strategic planning. Originally from Orangeville, Ontario, Jon holds an undergraduate degree in International Development, with a French Language Certificate, from the University of Waterloo. Jon lives in Burlington and loves music, traveling and French cuisine. 
Jun 20, 2017 by Jonathan Self

Changing the Story of Refugees

Each year on June 20, World Refugee Day celebrates the strength, courage, and determination of millions of refugees. It is a moment to offer support to the millions forced to leave all they know behind in search of safety. Today, we tell the story of refugees and how, with your support, World Renew has been able to demonstrate the love of Christ to thousands. Here are six things you should know about the global refugee crisis, and how World Renew is responding:

Jun 16, 2017 by Jonathan Self

Responding to Famine and Drought

The current food security crisis that many African countries face is enormously complex. Conflict, displacement, drought, floods, and disease have combined to threaten the most vulnerable: women and children. Conflict has left millions without access to food, and the effects have spilled over into neighboring countries leaving countless more are at risk of famine. Despite the immense complexity, our response should be simple: pray and give.

May 29, 2017 by Jonathan Self

Canadian Government Announces Match for Famine Relief

The Government of Canada has announced a match for humanitarian projects responding to famine and extreme food insecurity in many African countries. Every dollar donated by Canadians to drought and famine relief between March 17 and June 30 will be matched by the government.

May 2, 2017 by Jonathan Self

Help in the Midst of Famine in South Sudan

Severe hunger and famine are the words being used to describe its current reality.   Five million people are going to bed hungry and it is the weakest - the young children and the elderly - who are suffering most. The increasing number of deaths is proof of the severity of the crisis.

Apr 25, 2017 by Jonathan Self

Nepal: Two Years After the Earthquake

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:5)

Apr 19, 2017 by Jonathan Self

Famine and Drought: Responding Through Local Partners

“Like the four countries facing extreme hunger crises today,” writes Jason Patinkin, a reporter with IRIN, “the famine that gripped Ethiopia from 1983 to 1985 struggled for attention until it was far too late.” In the end, nearly one million Ethiopians died during that famine.

Apr 18, 2017 by Jonathan Self

Hurricane Matthew - Six Month Update

Striking Haiti’s southwestern coast on October 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew left behind a trail of devastation. Enormous trees uprooted. Homes toppled to their foundation. Bridges collapsed. Streets flooded. It was nearly a week until some of the most remote mountain communities were accessible. Six months later, many families are still putting the pieces of their life back together.

Apr 4, 2017 by Jonathan Self

South American Communities Need Assistance After Flooding and Mudslides

Heavy rain and mudslides are having deadly effects throughout Colombia, Peru and Ecuador. For weeks, these South American nations have been inundated with rainfall which has caused severe flooding and mudslides, affecting over 1 million people.