Community Development

Oct 14, 2011 by Chris Enns

Empowerment Transforms Lives in Tanzania

CRWRC’s mission is to work with local churches, communities and families around the world to change their story from poverty, injustice, and disaster to a new story of assets, shalom, and hope. Seeing community members in our program achieve this kind of transformation is such a joyful part of my work. Here is a story from one of my partner churches, the Africa Inland Church of Tanzania – Mara/Ukerewe Diocese (AICT MUD). It is a great example of the changed stories we are seeing through our partners, as reported by AICT MUD Development Officer Philip Chiwanga.

Oct 12, 2011 by Kristen deRoo VanderBerg

CIDA to Fund CRWRC Programs for Women & Children

Improving the health of women and children, and reducing the number preventable deaths around the world are priorities for the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC). Thanks to $688,881 in financial support from the Government of Canada provided through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), CRWRC will scale up its maternal and child health programs in Malawi and Bangladesh over the next three and a half years.

Oct 11, 2011 by Shannon Sutherland Smith

Youth Impact Clubs Create Brighter Futures in Honduras

“Ana would hit and insult other children. She was always looking for a fight,” says Irene Zepeda de Murillo, who represents CRWRC in their work with partners in Honduras. Persistent love and a consistent environment offered by the Youth Impact Club created not only structure and learning opportunities, but provided a foundation of compassion and hope; eventually Ana was won over. Suddenly, there was an alternative to violent street life and a grim future.

Sep 27, 2011 by Rachel Brink

Growing More With Less

If you came to visit Kim Seng’s farm in Kompong Speu province twenty years ago, you would have found six hectares of rice paddy that produced about five tons of rice each year. This was not enough to feed himself and his family of 12. Since that time, Kim Seng has followed the traditional Cambodian practice and given some land to each of his seven married children.

Sep 14, 2011

Breaking a Record for Hunger

The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee receives significant financial support through its membership in the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB). The fundraising event described below will in part fund CRWRC projects.

Sep 8, 2011 by Kristen deRoo VanderBerg

Teen Street Theater Tackles Trafficking

Muktar is a teenage boy from the slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is also an actor, producer, playwright, and director, and is one of a number of young people who have helped fight human trafficking in his community.

Aug 14, 2011

Providing Health Care in the Remotest of Regions

Nestled in the Garo hills of Netrokona district, Birisiri is one of the northernmost areas of Bangladesh and is populated primarily by minority tribal groups. Because of its remote location, the people of Birisiri face many obstacles. There are few training centers or schools, there are limited job opportunities, and families have few alternatives during medical emergencies.

Aug 14, 2011 by Shannon Sutherland Smith

Helping Kids - and Adults - Care for Creation

A bold red X clearly communicates this nine-year-old Nigerian’s plea. "Don’t Destroy Nature” is the title of the child’s picture, which depicts a person chopping down a tree with a large X drawn across the woodcutter declaring the youngster’s clear disapproval for the practice. The picture was one of many submissions in the Micah Challenge’s poster art competition to celebrate World Environment Day last June. The theme this year was “Forest: Nature at Your service” and several events, such as a trash art competition and media and awareness campaigns, were organized to communicate this important message.

Jul 18, 2011

CRWRC Joins Live 58: Faith Alliance to End Poverty

The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee ( is working with an unprecedented, action-based alliance of Christians, churches, and world-class poverty-fighting organizations to reduce the number of people who live on US$1.25 a day to less than 1% of the world’s population by 2035.

Jul 14, 2011 by Joseph Mutebi

Double Responsibility

“I am grateful to God for the work of Jonam Archdeaconry and Development Committee. Much effort has been put in capacity-building to help its members get to higher levels of performance. This has increased my knowledge and I am able to plan for my family. I also have the ability to implement what I have learned and planned. The more I learn, the more I can create new activities and address other issues to help generate more money to support my family,” says Jappii Christopher.