Community Development

Feb 5, 2012

Equipping the Global Church to Fight AIDS

Awa Sene, a member of the Neighborhood Council in the community of Ainoumady 5, speaks with fellow council members near the site of a one-day HIV mobile testing program organized in part by the council.

Feb 2, 2012

CRWRC Allies with 58: to End Poverty

In 2015, what happens to the United Nations’ efforts to halve global poverty through the Millennium Development Goals? To begin addressing that question and the ongoing needs of people living in poverty around the world, an alliance of U.S. nonprofits called “58:” launched a campaign* in late 2011 to build momentum to eliminate “the other half” of extreme global poverty by 2035.

Jan 30, 2012 by Jim Zylstra

Katakwi Integrated Development Organization helps HIV/AIDS Widows

Uganda is now in the midst of dry season, with hot and hazy conditions, leaves dropping from the trees, and grass withering. The landscape is looking desolate, but we are thankful that the good harvest in the second season of 2011 means better food and income for the majority of Ugandans who depend on farming for their survival and for those who rely on these farmers for their food.

Jan 29, 2012 by Kristen deRoo VanderBerg

One Church, One Country: CRC Ministry in Sierra Leone

“Christian Extension Services has helped our communities like no other organization,” said a resident of Seriah-Karawani village in Sierra Leone, “We’ve learned not to look at our differences anymore, but what do we have in common and work for a common goal together. Unity is important.” In fact, unity is at the heart of the Christian Reformed Church’s (CRC) ministry in this war-torn country. In the 1970’s, the CRC wanted to know if one denomination could make a meaningful difference in the world. While CRWRC had been responding to disasters and crisis situations around the world for more than a decade, members of the CRC wanted to do more about the global crisis of chronic hunger and poverty. They wondered - if they worked together, could they really have an impact?

Jan 14, 2012 by Nancy Njunji Kimani

Bearing Fruit as we Strengthen Partnerships

“I am the vine and you are the branches: he that abides in me and I in Him, the same brings fourth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) These are the words of our Lord Jesus Christ and in the two-and-a-half years that I have been with CRWRC Malawi I have been privileged to see this fruit worked out in the ministry that we do. The Foods Resource Bank (FRB) is a long-standing CRWRC partner through the Nkhoma Relief and Development Organization (NRD). In 2011, a 12-person delegation comprised of the President, staff, board members, pastors, and farmers visited Malawi to witness firsthand the changes in the lives of people they support. The delegation visited with our partner NRD and CHINRAD, the Chingale Neno Recovery Program, a Malawian community organization that works in two impoverished districts of the Southern Region of Malawi.

Dec 26, 2011 by Kristen deRoo VanderBerg

Volunteer Goes to Durban

“I can no longer look at countries in Africa as a series of statistics and problems,” said Ryan Geleynse of Hamilton, Ontario. The young man recently spent six weeks traveling from Nairobi, Kenya to Durban, South Africa as a representative of the Christian Reformed Church (CRC). He was joined by 180 other young people from a variety of Christian backgrounds. “Now I see African countries as the homes of many of my friends.”

Dec 11, 2011 by Kristen deRoo VanderBerg

Delivering Health to Women and Children in Bangladesh

Nancy TenBroek walks many miles on narrow, muddy roads and crosses streams on rope bridges in order to reach tribal villages in Bangladesh, where she helps train workers to care for mothers who are at risk of delivering seriously ill, low, birth-weight babies. As the health care advisor for the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee in Asia, TenBroek does this work in Netrokona, a remote northern district that government officials in Bangladesh have identified as one of 14 districts having a high child and maternal mortality rate.

Nov 14, 2011 by Joseph Mutebi

Why Self Help?

We continue to learn lessons about the importance of helping people help themselves. While self-help is World Renew’s desired and ultimate goal, it is a challenging road for communities. However, the benefits are so rewarding! Our participants regain their confidence, acquire skills, discover their potential, and manage the resources around them for improved livelihood in spite of any existing religious and cultural difficulties. The goal of the self-help group approach is to equip and empower communities for better livelihood by empowering women. This is a good entry point and vehicle into community development. The work involves building sustainable initiatives by training community facilitators from the first day we begin to work in a community. We do not promise any hand outs, but train key leaders and bookkeepers to manage the groups. Self-help groups seek to renew, rebuild and restore relationships in the communities.

Nov 14, 2011

Blind with Illiteracy: How CRWRC Helped Me See

After their morning chores are complete – the water drawn, the children dressed, the fire started and stoked, and the lentils set to soak for the meal later in the day – women in the Outfall slum of Dhaka Bangladesh begin to make their way to a small classroom. The room has wood walls, an aluminum roof, a single fluorescent bulb, and looks just like all the other homes in the crowded slum neighborhood, but there is one key difference. This room holds a sense of promise and hope for all that enter… it is here that the women are learning to read.