East Africa Drought

Feb 10, 2015 by Christina de Jong

Peace in Time for Jamarose and Her Family

Jamarose lives in the Mount Kenya region of Kenya, in the Isiolo community. She has lived here her whole life. She is mother to ten children: the youngest is thirteen, the oldest is thirty-five. Now she is a grandmother too.

Mar 1, 2013

Kenya Election: Pray for a Peaceful, Democratic Process

As Kenya prepares for general elections on March 4, 2013, much of the country is bracing itself for potential outbreaks of violence. Despite the air of anxiety across the country, however, one community in Isiolo has a reason for celebrating.

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 21, 2012 by Kristen deRoo VanderBerg

A Two-Pronged Approach: Disaster Response and Development in Kenya

“Drought, floods and civil war created demands for emergency assistance,” said a Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (now known as World Renew) annual report in 1984. Together with the newly formed Canadian Foodgrains Bank, World Renew sent $619,000 worth of money and food to twenty countries affected by disaster that year – a major increase over its previous disaster response budgets. One of those countries was Kenya. In 1984, Kenya had experienced a severe drought that left thousands of families at risk of hunger, malnutrition and starvation. World Renew responded with $9,000 worth of food aid. This was the first time the organization had worked in that country.

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 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.”

Jul 18, 2012 by CFGB Communications

Food Crisis in the Sahel

A year ago, the world watched as a food crisis unfolded in East Africa. What seemed like non-stop media coverage last summer prompted millions of Canadians to respond to help people in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia who were affected by drought, conflict and famine. Today, another food crisis is unfolding, this time in the Sahel region of West Africa.

Mar 27, 2012 by Kristen deRoo VanderBerg

New Borehole to Provide Water in Kenya

In the coming weeks, families and communities in Mwatate, Kenya will have a new source of water and a new hope for consistent supplies of food thanks to a borehole being drilled by the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) and its local partner, ACK (Anglican Church of Kenya) Pwani Christian Community Services.

Mar 1, 2012 by Kristen deRoo VanderBerg

CRWRC Expands Drought Response in Ethiopia

CRWRC is expanding its drought response efforts in Ethiopia. In 2011 the entire East African region experienced the lowest level of rainfall in 60 years.  CRWRC responded with $10 million of programming, providing food and water to those in need as well as fodder and veterinary care for their livestock.  For many, the situation began to improve after the long rains arrived. However, there are still several parts of Ethiopia – particularly in the mid and lowland areas - that have not received sufficient rains.  These communities expect another season of crop failure.