Community Development

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.

May 30, 2017 by Troy Sanon

So Many Acronyms, So Much Potential for Change

There are a lot of acronyms here at World Renew: PAG, NEICORD, FOTADEL, SLDS, CECS... They can be a little overwhelming until you know that each acronym simply represents one of the 84 organizations World Renew partners with in 31 countries around the globe. Our partners work at the local level, helping identify a community’s needs and its capacity to implement and sustain solutions to those needs. Each acronym represents enormous potential for changing stories. So read on to discover how World Renew and Haitian partners PWOFOD and ADJGH are fostering local leadership and development in the community of Gressier, Haiti.

May 28, 2017 by Troy Sanon

A Few Hours and A Handful of Beans

World Renew longs for community transformation. Transformation happens when communities learn to develop, implement, and sustain their own solutions to problems. World Renew partners with organizations around the world to provide support as communities do this hard work. When a community is involved in assessing their own capacity for change, the odds of transformation are strengthened.  

May 18, 2017 by Leanne Geisterfer

Farmers are Changing the Story in Haiti

Earlier this year, I traveled to Leogane, Haiti and saw again how people can change their own story. I was there for the final evaluation of a three-year project. After the earthquake in 2010, World Renew worked with a series of farmers’ associations in the areas of Fond des Boudins and Palmiste a Vin. As the disaster response work wrapped up, we received funding for three more years to implement community organizing and livelihoods activities in 17 communities of those areas.

May 11, 2017 by Jim Zylstra

Vocational Skills Training Changed My Life

In Tanzania, World Renew's partner Asasi Ya Chagua Maisha has been working to help girls and young women caught up in sex work. The young women, ages 15-25, are living in three communities on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam.

May 9, 2017 by Sara Mahmood

West African Youth Make Strides in Health and Human Rights

Growing up in a low-income community in Senegal or Nigeria can too often mean a higher rate of early marriage, early pregnancy, or transmission of HIV or another sexually transmitted infection (STI). Sexual coercion and abuse are also common for young women, and the majority of young people aren’t educated on the use and benefits of contraception. Health and sexuality are not topics of discussion among youth and their parents, and financial worries often take precedence over health and well-being, particularly for young women.

May 4, 2017 by Sara Mahmood

Overcoming Alcoholism in Northern Uganda

World Renew and its local partners are celebrating an exciting victory in Northern Uganda!

Apr 18, 2017 by Jim Zylstra

New Power for Girls

Dar es Salaam is one of the fastest growing cities in Africa as well in the world, with an estimated population of 5M. The high rate of rural to urban migration results in unemployment, which leads many young girls and young women to engage in risky sex work to meet their financial needs.

Apr 14, 2017 by Raymond Mutava

Men Who Care

Throughout history and across the entire globe, a narrow idea of manliness has persisted. Being a man meant being fearless, worry-free, emotionless, invulnerable. Today there are still many cultures where men continue to adhere to this idea.

Apr 11, 2017 by Joseph Mutebi

Alcohol Ordinance: Victories Amidst the Challenges

(UGANDA) I jumped up off the chair in excitement as I watched the local NTV News at 7:00 p.m. in a restaurant during one of my field visits. The people around me were amazed to hear Joseph shouting loudly “Amen! Aaammmmen!” on witnessing the announcement of the sachet alcohol ban. Over a year after since starting the fight to rid Gulu District of sachet alcohol, the local Ordinance Diocese of Northern Uganda (DNU), with support from World Renew, finally received approval for this ban by the attorney general in Kampala.