Food Security

Nov 14, 2011 by Shannon Sutherland Smith

More Than Just Peanuts in Uganda

The most reasonable solution was nuts. Struggling to cope with unpredictable and often unfavorable weather patterns emerging in Uganda, one group of farmers found that planting a specific variety of peanuts, a mainstay in the local diet, could help protect their harvest against dismal yields.

Aug 16, 2011 by Kristen deRoo VanderBerg

Food Distributions Reach Kenyans

Piria Shukuru walked for one and a half hours to reach the food distribution site in Oiti, Kenya last week. The young mother of three small children and five teenagers was happy to do it. “Before the food arrived, the situation was bad. There was no food in the markets and we had to travel far to buy food. This food [from CRWRC] is keeping us strong,” she said.

Aug 7, 2011 by Kristen deRoo VanderBerg

CRWRC Expands Aid to Ethiopia

In addition to its major drought response in Kenya, CRWRC has agreed to expand its reach to two projects in the Oromia Region of Ethiopia. These projects will be carried out in partnership with Food for the Hungry Ethiopia and will provide 4,334 households (21,668 people) with emergency food aid for five months. This new $1.5 million expansion brings CRWRC’s total drought response in the East Africa region to $8.5 million. CRWRC is also exploring options to support emergency aid in Somalia despite security concerns that make traditional food distribution too dangerous. They hope to finalize details of this Somalia response later this week, which will bring its East Africa drought response programming to $9 million.

Jul 14, 2011 by Joseph Mutebi

Double Responsibility

“I am grateful to God for the work of Jonam Archdeaconry and Development Committee. Much effort has been put in capacity-building to help its members get to higher levels of performance. This has increased my knowledge and I am able to plan for my family. I also have the ability to implement what I have learned and planned. The more I learn, the more I can create new activities and address other issues to help generate more money to support my family,” says Jappii Christopher.

Jun 14, 2011 by Chris Enns

Land Rights and Bio-Fertilizer, So What?

In my last newsletter I described to you how one of CRWRC’s partners, Sengerema Informal Sector Association, recently reached a level of sustainability to “graduate” from regular CRWRC funding and training. My role with SISA now is to provide occasional counsel and resources. As I do this, I am realizing how SISA’s work has significant, broad-reaching, and inspiring implications for the community and the Christian church. It illustrates the effectiveness of CRWRC’s approach to community transformation, and the difference we work to achieve with all our partners.

Feb 14, 2011 by Chris Enns

Weighing Babies and Graduating Partners

This last quarter, I was very blessed to be part of an infrequent yet much anticipated occurrence. Two of CRWRC’s local partner organizations, after 12 years of partnership, have built up their ability to carry out their programs enough to “graduate” from CRWRC’s direct financial support and continue their work independently. This graduation is the ultimate goal of CRWRC’s partnerships with local churches and non-government organizations (NGOs). It is a lengthy and challenging process, walking alongside these partnerorganizations, from years of low capacity until they are functioning so well that other organizations come to learn from them.