In December 2013, we shared the story of Mr. Tong Lee and his wife, whose family was the first in the village of Phouhin to receive female pigs and training in improved approaches to pig-raising from World Renew.
Although indigenous people make up less than 5 percent of the world’s population, they represent 15 percent of the poorest. August 9 marks the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. This year also marks the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This declaration defends the rights of indigenous peoples, encouraging them to maintain their unique traditions and cultures, and promoting cooperation and harmony with the rest of the world.
Two years ago nine Rshi women from the Phialor cluster of villages wanted to help pregnant women in their villages. With the support of World Renew and their local partner in Laos, these women were trained as Traditional Birth Attendants. In addition to information about actual care for expectant mothers, the training was designed to overcome language and literacy barriers using creative, practical methods like videos, role playing, and picture lesson books.
2017 is the year Canada celebrates 150 years as a confederation. As we do so, what is the story we will share? While four provinces (Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick) came together on July 1, 1867 to form the new Dominion of Canada, the rest of the provinces joined later over time, with Nunavut as the most recent in 1999.
Mrs. Keo lives in Vangsong village with her husband and their four children. She works hard each day, taking care of the young children and weaving skirts on a traditional homemade loom to earn some income for the family’s needs. Her husband works in the upland fields planting and harvesting rice for daily food consumption.
God gives us the responsibility of doing something ourselves about those faithless fears and worldly anxieties that are holding us back. We don’t have to do this alone. We have God’s promise of holding our hand and of helping us.