International Disaster

Sep 14, 2012 by Vanessa Mathews Hanna

World Renew Assisting Displaced Persons in Pakistan

Recent events in Pakistan have left the minority Christian population vulnerable to attacks, looting, and burning. The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, now known as World Renew, is responding by providing support and living supplies to those displaced by violence. The situation began on August 16, 2012 when an eleven-year old Christian girl with special needs was arrested under Pakistan’s Blasphemy law. Rimsha Masih had been preparing a fire near her home in the slums using papers she collected from the garbage. A neighbour claimed that the burning pages were from a religious Islamic book. He raised an alarm and soon an angry mob attacked Rimsha and her family. Police rescued them from the crowd and placed the girl under arrest.

Sep 7, 2012 by Kristen deRoo VanderBerg

Response to Floods in Niger

In August, heavy rains in Niger caused the worst flooding in 100 years. One of the most affected areas was the southern region of Dosso. Later the banks of the Niger River overflowed and caused flooding to occur in the region of Tillabery in the north and in the capital city Niamey. Approximately 145 communities have been impacted and extensive farmland is submerged in water. Thousands of people have been left homeless.

Oct 18, 2017 by Christina de Jong

Government of Canada Supports World Renew’s Response to the Rohingya Crisis

The Canadian Government has approved its support of a $1 million joint response to the Rohingya Crisis in Bangladesh through Canadian Foodgrains Bank, led by World Renew and Emergency Relief and Development Overseas (ERDO).

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.

Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Violence erupted so suddenly that many families were forced to leave their homes with next to nothing. A perilous journey has left many Rohingya refugees exhausted and traumatized. Most have lost loved ones.

More Rohingya people have fled since the end of August than all Mediterranean migrants in 2016.

Sep 25, 2017 by Kellie Scholma

Prayer Alert: Hold the Dam in Puerto Rico

What damage does a Category 4 hurricane cause? The National Hurricane Center says “[With winds of 130-156mph (209-251 km/h)] catastrophic damage will occur. Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.”

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 19, 2017

Stand in the Gap!

The World Renew 2017-2018 Gift Catalogue is a way to “stand in the gap” on behalf of people who face oppression and poverty. Each duck, seed, and water pump is a powerful intervention that can repair harm and help build resilience in peoples’ lives. Praying for and helping others is the stuff that holds us together as followers of Jesus Christ, even as we are standing in the need of help and prayer ourselves.

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.