Community Development

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.

Jun 14, 2011 by Chris Enns

Land Rights and Bio-Fertilizer, So What?

In my last newsletter I described to you how one of CRWRC’s partners, Sengerema Informal Sector Association, recently reached a level of sustainability to “graduate” from regular CRWRC funding and training. My role with SISA now is to provide occasional counsel and resources. As I do this, I am realizing how SISA’s work has significant, broad-reaching, and inspiring implications for the community and the Christian church. It illustrates the effectiveness of CRWRC’s approach to community transformation, and the difference we work to achieve with all our partners.

Feb 14, 2011 by Chris Enns

Weighing Babies and Graduating Partners

This last quarter, I was very blessed to be part of an infrequent yet much anticipated occurrence. Two of CRWRC’s local partner organizations, after 12 years of partnership, have built up their ability to carry out their programs enough to “graduate” from CRWRC’s direct financial support and continue their work independently. This graduation is the ultimate goal of CRWRC’s partnerships with local churches and non-government organizations (NGOs). It is a lengthy and challenging process, walking alongside these partnerorganizations, from years of low capacity until they are functioning so well that other organizations come to learn from them.

Oct 14, 2010 by Chris Enns

Learning to Embrace AIDS in East Africa

East Africa is a region with a high prevalence of AIDS, with Tanzania having the sixth highest rate in the world. CRWRC’s important work in HIV and AIDS has taken an approach called Embrace AIDS. This means helping people to live well with HIV and AIDS, to take control of their situation and to make healthy and responsible choices-- hopefully choices that reflect God’s love and God’s plan for their community. It also means teaching churches to talk about HIV, and respond in love, effectively and proactively. I have spent much time since my last newsletter becoming familiar with CRWRC’s work in HIV and AIDS response as part of my orientation and because we are starting a new Embrace AIDS project in Tanzania. Here are a few glimpses into the work of CRWRC and our partner churches that I have seen in the last few months.

May 14, 2010 by Chris Enns

Welcome to Tanzania!

Karibu sana Mwanza, Tanzania; meaning “you are very wel-come [here],” karibu sana is a Swahili phrase one hears a lot when you first arrive in Tanzania, and it seems like a fitting way to begin my first newsletter from the field. So, welcome to the first of many quarterly updates on my work with CRWRC Tanzania from the city of Mwanza on the shores of Lake Victoria. Over the coming quarters, I will be writing about my experiences in the communities in which CRWRC is working and stories of lives transformed through the community development work that you are supporting through CRWRC and our part-ners. My hope is that these up-dates will connect you with my work here, as it depends so much on your support and prayers.