Sep 7, 2012 by Kristen deRoo VanderBerg

Response to Floods in Niger

In August, heavy rains in Niger caused the worst flooding in 100 years. One of the most affected areas was the southern region of Dosso. Later the banks of the Niger River overflowed and caused flooding to occur in the region of Tillabery in the north and in the capital city Niamey. Approximately 145 communities have been impacted and extensive farmland is submerged in water. Thousands of people have been left homeless.

Nov 24, 2015 by Vanessa Mathews Hana

World Renew Responding to El Niño Drought in Ethiopia

“The rain failure is now as bad as it was 32 years ago, echoing back to the 1983-1985 famine that led to over 400,000 deaths” explains Ken Kim, World Renew Director of Disaster Response and Rehabilitation, about the looming crisis in Ethiopia.

Jul 30, 2015 by Vanessa Mathews Hanna

World Renew Responds to Drought in Zambia

(ZAMBIA) Severe drought is crippling much of the southern and western parts of Zambia leaving thousands of people hungry. According to the World Food Program, 24 out of Zambia’s 103 districts are so affected by drought that they require significant food relief this year. That equals about 840,000 people who require food assistance. In response to this need, World Renew is beginning a program to provide emergency food assistance to people in in Mwandi district.

Dec 20, 2014 by Mark VanderWees

Unexpected outcomes—A Story of Transformation

(NICARAGUA) When it finally rained in Nicaragua on the evening of August 26, it wasn’t a gentle patter of raindrops.

Feb 26, 2013 by Kristen deRoo VanderBerg

Food Brings New Hope in Kenya

In 2011, the East Africa region experienced its lowest rainfall levels in 60 years. As household food supplies were depleted, the average prices for food rose at alarming rates. Over 13 million people were affected, and many were unable to purchase food to meet their families’ needs. World Renew responded.

Nov 13, 2012 by Wayne de Jong

One Family, One Community at a Time

November 4 was World Hunger Sunday. In this year’s World Hunger Campaign we have been highlighting some of the things that World Renew/CRWRC has been able to accomplish over the past fifty years, and encouraging you and your congregation to continue to partner with us. We have also been challenging you to model your hearts after God’s heart – a heart of justice, caring, and mercy for those who are most vulnerable in this world. We at World Renew sometimes feel discouraged by the sheer number of vulnerable people on this earth, and often feel a bit battered and bruised by the numerous hurricanes, storms, floods, droughts, earthquakes and conflicts that bring damage and devastation to those who are already living in need. But we do not lose heart. The battle is being won, one person, one family and one community at a time. Last year, through God’s grace and goodness, World Renew was able to provide community programs to 912,000 people while also providing emergency and long-term assistance to 946,000 disaster survivors. That means, on average, each member of the CRC contributed to significantly improving the lives of six people who were struggling with poverty or suffering from disaster. Thank you!

Sep 21, 2012 by Kristen deRoo VanderBerg

Food-for-Work Saves Lives in Niger

Just a few months ago, this happy scene would not have happened. Like so many other families in the West African country of Niger, Fati’s family was struggling to put food on the table after two years of very poor harvests. World Renew responded to this crisis by providing six months of food rations to 28,000 people – including Fati.

Sep 19, 2012 by Adele Konyndyk

Ontario Couple Heads to Kenya

This week Harry and Annie Bergshoeff will leave their home in Mississauga, Ontario and head to the country of Kenya. For four months, the couple will serve as International Relief Mangers (IRM) for CRWRC, now known as World Renew. While they are not new to World Renew’s ministry, this will be their first experience serving as IRMs. “We are both recently retired and in good health—and we feel that we still have a lot to give,” says Annie, who spent many years as a nurse. “It’s God’s timing. And we’re eager to get going.”

Aug 26, 2012 by Kristen deRoo VanderBerg

A Harvest of Hope in Drought-Stricken West Africa

“In times of disaster, there is always a concern that those with small businesses will deplete their capital,” said Hans Helleman, who is serving with CRWRC in West Africa as an International Relief Manager with his wife, Henni. “When it comes to providing food for your children, there really is no other choice but to deplete your funds. Just as someone might sell off assets such as animals in order to buy food during difficult times, participants in micro-finance programs dip into their savings to meet their immediate needs and thereby reduce their long-term ability to feed their families.”

Aug 19, 2012 by Adele Konyndyk

Generosity and dignity: B.C. couple assists drought survivors in Niger

Last week, Ron and Lauris Fuller left their home on Vancouver Island, British Columbia for Niger, where they are spending ten weeks serving as International Relief Managers (IRMs) with CRWRC. Since April of this year, the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, now known as World Renew, has focused its West Africa drought response efforts on Niger, and Ron and Lauris will be helping provide food assistance to Nigeriens struggling to survive chronic drought and food shortages. They are grateful for this new opportunity to use their time, experience, and skills to equip thousands of people in need.