Renew Crew Blog Archives

Showing blog posts from March, 2017

Mar 31, 2017 by Kathleen Lauder

Alcohol Awareness Brings Transformation

In the past Sambath was an alcoholic. He was a burden to his wife and children. Sarom told us, “From 2004 until 2015, my husband drank alcohol every day and did not help with any work in the family. I was the only one who took responsibility for looking after the family and working on our farm to earn an income.” She continued, “Sometimes when my husband was drunk, he beat me and the children.” Sambath admitted to what his wife said and added, “I always forced my wife to give me money for alcohol, drinking, and gambling. I did not take care of my family, especially my children’s... Read More

Mar 30, 2017 by Tom Post


I recently had the opportunity to visit a community in Laos. My last visit was two years ago and I'm pleased to see so many changes coming about in the lives of the villagers and in the community as a whole.

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Mar 29, 2017 by Ida Kaastra Mutoigo

Feet for Peace

Now that the snow has finally melted, I am back on track with cycling on a more regular basis. Today, I managed to do about 35 kms. It felt like I was flying for the first half of the ride but the way back was tough going with a head-strong wind blowing at 32 km/h. My feet felt frozen after cycling for over an hour since the temperature was still only about 4 C and reaching home, they took about an hour to thaw. No wonder I’ve been thinking a lot about feet a lot lately!

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Mar 29, 2017 by Mike Fennema

Women, Weaving, and a Village

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.

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Mar 25, 2017 by Ruairidh Waddell

Defeating the Armyworm in Zambia

The fall armyworm is an invasive alien pest that has blighted much of southern Africa’s maize crop this year. Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Malawi have all reported widespread outbreaks, and we have seen the trail of destruction throughout many of our program areas. The pest is not so much a worm as a caterpillar, and its common name derives from the way these invaders generally come in overwhelming numbers, giving the appearance of an army crawling and eating their way through a field.

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Mar 24, 2017 by Juvêncio Mataria

Estela Jaime Changes Her Story

More than 60 percent of the population of Niassa, Mozambique, lives below the national poverty line. Rural areas are even poorer, with no easy access to financial services. World Renew and its partner in this area, Diocese de Niassa, are setting up Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) with the aim of improving access to financing and helping farmers in periods of waiting after planting and of uncertainty about harvest outcomes.

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Mar 24, 2017 by Faye Yu

Freedom from the Pressures of Transactional Sex

Hamida and her seven siblings moved in with her grandmother after her parents passed away. Her grandmother, however, didn’t earn much, and with eight more mouths to feed, she often ran short of money and the children went to bed hungry. Her income came from collecting branches from a nearby forest and selling it as firewood. Hamida began to help her grandmother sell firewood at the marketplace, and after a while she also decided to drop out of school. They didn’t earn enough money to pay for school fees for all the kids, and Hamida thought attending school was a waste of time... Read More

Mar 23, 2017 by Steve Sywulka

The Rains Have Come

The Thungo family, the Free a Family representative family for Southern Africa, has some big weather news to share: the rains have come!

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Mar 15, 2017 by Ida Kaastra Mutoigo

Gearing Up!

Do you know what it’s like to be part of a cyclist’s culture? I had no idea until I recently registered for the Sea to Sea ride. In about three months, from June to August, there will be about a hundred riders who will participate in cycling a portion or the entire route from Vancouver to Halifax. Imagine the spirit it takes to cycle day after day for about 100 to 150 kms each day!

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Mar 1, 2017 by Grace Wiebe

Ongoing Reconstruction in Nepal

This was my 8th trip to Nepal. On this visit, it was great to see the World Renew staff again. I had the opportunity to have one-on-ones with the longest serving staff. It was amazing to see the fruit of their labour as they have worked so hard to overcome many different challenges and barriers. What a dedicated group! Their hearts are really committed to helping their brothers and sisters of Nepal, not just working for World Renew. I am blessed to have their dedication and commitment.

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