On November 1, World Renew’s Canadian Director, Ida Kaastra Mutoigo, was among those elected to a four year term on the new governing board of ACT Alliance, a coalition of 150 churches and faith-based organizations working together in over 125 countries.
PHILIPPINES - “This relief food pack will feed my family for two weeks, thank you”, shared by a young mother with two children. “Life was so difficult here, many of us are still paying our loans when super typhoon Haima (local name is Lawin) struck us two years ago.”
A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck East Lombok, Indonesia on Sunday July 29th, followed by a second 7.0 earthquake one week later on Sunday, August 5th in Northern Lombok. Besides the hundreds of related aftershocks, a third earthquake followed with a magnitude 5.9 August 9th, this time centred Northeast of Mataram City, creating panic and hindering rescue efforts.
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.
Returning to the island of Panay, in central Philippines, it was great to see the World Renew project running so well since my last visit in October 2016. It’s very rewarding to see the results after all the hard work of planning, proposal writing and reporting that I do much of the time.
John and Hilda Van Gyssel had the song “Here I am, Lord,” on their minds as they set out for Malawi on October 16 to serve as International Relief Managers (IRMs) with World Renew.