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. 
Dec 12, 2017 by Jonathan Self

Hope for Refugees after Giving Tuesday

On November 28, World Renew celebrated Giving Tuesday and asked you to help families forced to flee their homes because of conflict. In the Middle East, over eleven million Syrians have been displaced from their communities because of civil war that has raged for over six years. In Myanmar, a recent outbreak of violence against the Rohingya people has forced over 625,000 people to flee into Bangladesh since the end of August.

Nov 10, 2017 by Jonathan Self

Four Years After Haiyan

And it’s been four years since Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines. This storm was so strong and unexpected that families were not adequately prepared. Life changed for thousands of families in the Philippines on November 8, 2013. Yet over these past four years, incredible transformation has taken place.

Oct 31, 2017 by Jonathan Self

Match for Donations to Rohingya Refugee Crisis

The Government of Canada has announced a match for all projects responding to the Rohingya refugee crisis. Every dollar donated by Canadians in response to the Rohingya refugee crisis until November 28, 2017 will be matched by the Canadian government through its new Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund.

Oct 16, 2017 by Jonathan Self

Changing the Story of Hunger

Since April, World Renew has been responding to hunger caused by drought and conflict in East and Southern Africa. Nearly $800,000 (CAD) was received in support of World Renew’s response to this crisis.  And with matching funds from the Government of Canada, Canadian donations were matched up to four times through our membership at the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, meaning even more hungry families will benefit!

Oct 11, 2017 by Jonathan Self

Life-saving Food Assistance for the Rohingya People

Extreme violence against the Rohingya people is tearing families apart. Thousands have been the victims of senseless violence. We can scarcely begin to fathom the depth of heartbreak and loss that Selima is experiencing. Everything has happened so fast. Selima and two of her children escaped from an attack on their village in Myanmar and made their way towards the river that borders Bangladesh. “We spent the day in the boat. Then we walked 17 days and we arrived here,” shares Selima.

Sep 21, 2017 by Jonathan Self

Urgent Appeal for Rohingya Refugees

More Rohingya people have fled in the last four weeks than all Mediterranean migrants in 2016. Those fleeing have reported that they fled for safety after seeing their family members or neighbours killed or their homes and fields set on fire. The outbreaks of extreme violence have targeted Rohingya families, including young children.

Sep 12, 2017 by Jonathan Self

World Renew Responds to Devastating Storms

Hurricane Irma left a trail of destruction in its wake as it barreled through the Caribbean and made landfall in Florida. Photos from the islands of St. Martin and Barbuda testify to the sheer force of this storm.

Sep 11, 2017 by Jonathan Self

Reaching Displaced Families in South Asia

Over 40 million people across South Asia are experiencing devastating floods.

Aug 16, 2017 by Jonathan Self

Flooding Affects Millions, World Renew Responds

Over a million people are estimated to be displaced as torrential rains and severe flooding affect communities throughout Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sierra Leone. Hundreds are feared dead and if heavy rains continue, many more people could face serious injury, property damage, or lose their lives.

Aug 3, 2017 by Jonathan Self

God at Work in the Middle East

“I was amazed by their passion for Christ.”