Community Development

Nov 15, 2017 by Carol Musoke

Little is much when God is in it

As Christians, one of our deepest desires is to reach out, show love, and give hope to others. It becomes even more precious when we do this in collaboration with others. But so many times we become paralyzed by wrongly assuming that, when it comes to impoverished communities, only the “big projects” make a real difference.

Sep 27, 2017 by Mike Fennema

Encouraging High School Students in Laos

The day was filled with a variety of fun and educational activities, including games, such as blowing up balloons until they burst; passing flowers around a circle until the music stopped; and a memory game in which each person in the circle had to say their name and something they liked, and then each person had to remember and say what those before them had said also! They also learned an active English song and a dialogue in English in which they had to move around and practice with others.

Sep 21, 2017 by Barbara Barungi Kayanja

"When I Disclosed My Status, I Was Free..."

Akello Rose is a widow, living with HIV. She has three children, two boys and one girl. She tells the story of how miserable life was after the loss of her husband. She was left with nothing and reduced to a beggar, begging for food, water, money to go to the hospital, money to feed and dress her children. She had no self-esteem and lacked the confidence to speak up before people in her community. She felt reduced to nothing.

Sep 20, 2017 by Troy Sanon

A Natural Leader Joins Forces with World Renew

When World Renew was involved in the building of a tank-based rainwater harvesting system in Blain, Mr. Delice and his wife Manette were involved as well. They live in Blain with their children Jonathan and Christine Marie Naomie, while their children Fedner and Sara attend high school in Port-Au-Prince.

Sep 19, 2017 by Kathleen Lauder

Finding a Way to Stay in the Village

In Cambodia, the pull is strong for people to migrate from their rural communities to cities like Phnom Penh, and neighboring countries like Thailand, where jobs are available with a steady wage. Unable to earn a living wage in their communities, men and women leave their families to survive.

Sep 15, 2017 by Faye Yu

Talking about the Realities of Child Marriage in Malawi

In Malawi, one in two girls marry by the time they reach 18 years old and 9% marry before the age of 15. Malawi has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world. This is not surprising because poverty is cited as one of the biggest contributing factors to child marriage and Malawi is one of the world’s poorest countries. In April of this year, the Malawian constitution was amended to raise the legal age of marriage with parental consent from 15 to 18 years old. This is a huge first step to ending child marriage. But there is a lot more work to translate this law into reality in the villages.

Sep 7, 2017 by Stephan Lutz

The Fruits of a Theological Education

Sammy Mbote will soon be ordained as an evangelist.

Jul 24, 2017 by Leanne Geisterfer

The Joy of Community Development

Sometimes, I’m so happy to be wrong. In previous evaluations of our work with our partner in Mexico, Diaconia Chiapas, we had noticed that most of the work involved members of the Presbyterian churches of each community there. We rejoiced with the participants over their accomplishments, but back in the Diaconia office, we had serious discussions. World Renew’s vision is that churches are the salt and light in their communities, prompting transformation of the entire community, which comes about when plans are made with the community, not for the community and when all community members are engaged, not just church members. But it seemed that the vision of Diaconia was benevolence for their own members.

Jul 11, 2017 by Tom Post

Her Name is Beauty

She lives in the slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh, where World Renew and its partner, SAHTI, have helped to establish community organizations called “People’s Institutions.” Beauty’s institution is called “Akota,” or Unity. Beauty illustrated through painting the work of the People’s Institutions that bless the lives of over 22,000 people who live in these slums. She told a dramatic story of Before and After.

Jul 10, 2017 by Juvêncio Mataria

"They thought I was crazy"

In 2012, World Renew and the Canadian government began a five-year program aimed at stabilizing food production in Mozambique and four other countries. The program sought to enhance food security, stimulate sustainable economic growth, and build a community’s ability to set priorities and implement community-initiated plans. In Mozambique, World Renew collaborated with the Diocese of Niassa to address food security using “farm field schools,” where they could demonstrate and teach appropriate technologies and test new methods alongside traditional ones. Farm field schools rely on the adage “seeing is believing,” knowing that the time and effort invested will be repaid in farmers’ ready adaptation of methods they can see with their own eyes.