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.

Jan 8, 2018

Rohingya Crisis: Inside a Refugee Camp

With such vast numbers, it’s easy to lose sight of individuals’ stories. Yet each one is filled with heartbreak and loss; few escaped the senseless violence without losing someone they loved.  You responded through prayer and incredible generosity, making it possible for World Renew and our staff in Bangladesh to help Rohingya refugees living in Kutupalong – one of the world’s largest and fastest growing refugee camps. Food has already been provided to over 40,000 families, and plans are in place to continue responding in the months to come.

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 28, 2017

Rohingya Crisis Q&A from Bangladesh: 'Nobody comes here for a better life.'

What do you see when you look around you in Kutupalong refugee camp? There is little greenery and space is a premium. On every foot of ground there are bamboo and tarp homes that fully cover the landscape. Everything needed to house, feed and support the refugees has to be brought into the camp, so there is a lot of movement and activity on the narrow roads. Every pathway and road has vehicles or people that cover the width of the road. What were once hills with trees are now populated with homes that are tightly packed together.

Nov 21, 2017 by Cameron Klapwyk

Strength, Beauty, and Hope in a Time of War: A Syrian Family’s Journey to Drayton, Ontario

Amal and Mohammad, Loay’s parents, celebrated his birth in early 2013, when the war in Syria was growing more violent by the day. In this Syrian family’s hometown, bombings were becoming a regular occurrence and many families were forced to flee for their safety. Shortly after Loay’s birth, Amal and Mohammed took their firstborn son and fled the only home they had ever known. They hoped to come back someday. Loay’s name, meaning small but strong, was a symbol of their resilience and determination to carry on until their return to Syria. Resettlement to a third country such as Canada was an option that rarely crossed their minds.

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.

Nov 9, 2017 by Sara Mahmood

World Renew Partners with One Day's Wages to Alleviate Hunger in Syria

This Giving Tuesday, World Renew is partnering with One Day's Wages to provide critically-needed food assistance to some of the most vulnerable people caught in the Syrian war – the elderly, disabled, women, and children. An estimated 13.5 million people in Syria need humanitarian assistance, including 6 million children.

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 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).