Community Development

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.

Jul 6, 2017 by Matt De Kam

Advances in Guacoca, Honduras

One of the advantages of returning to Honduras as World Renew staff after our initial volunteer stint with World Renew is that I can visit communities that I know very well and see how much they have advanced. I was delighted to see in the village of Guacoca the positive impact of the local savings and credit group on the community.

Jun 20, 2017 by Andrew Gwaivangmin

Improved Livelihoods through Creative Enterprise in Sierra Leone

During last year’s harvest, as other farmers grumbled about low yield, Mustapha Fofana hoped for a bumper rice harvest. Mustapha had reason to hope: last year he harvested 180 bushels! “I used to grow just enough rice for my household to eat. But now,” he says proudly, “I can keep some and sell the surplus to pay my children’s school fees, buy school supplies, pay family medical bills, and meet other household needs.”

Jun 17, 2017 by Bethany Cok

All in a Month in Guatemala

For our World Renew Guatemala team, no two weeks are the same. This month, we want to share three stories that will give you a taste of what our team experiences in a single month.

Jun 12, 2017 by Kathleen Lauder

Using Chlorine Improves Family’s Health

In rural Cambodia, Kunthea Ros and her family often had diarrhea. The condition traveled from one member of her family to another in an unending cycle. Diarrhea reduced her son’s ability to attend school and to study. The 35-year-old mother spent many hours caring for her family, and took out loans to pay for medical care. In her home Kunthea had just one water jar. The same water scoop was used for bathing, washing clothes, cooking, and drinking by family members and their animals. The water was untreated. Like many other people in the village of Boenung Kratieh, Prey Veng province, Kunthea did not realize that her family’s unsafe water practices were contributing to their poor health.