West Africa Drought

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 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.

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.

May 9, 2012 by CFGB Communications

Food Distribution Saving Lives in Niger

Joël, age 20, digs "crescent moons" like those below in exchange for food rations for his family.

Apr 4, 2012

Arizona Residents Leave Sonoran Desert for the Sahara

Pete & Ila served with CRWRC in Mozambique from January-April 2011

Mar 26, 2012 by Kristen deRoo VanderBerg

Response to Food Crisis in Niger

Niger has suffered six severe food crises over the past 30 years, four of which came in the past eight years. This year, as the country faces another crisis situation, CRWRC is responding. Niger, a country in West Africa, is often cited as the poorest country in the world. Nearly 63% of the population lives below the poverty line and 34% is below the threshold for “extreme poverty.” This population is especially vulnerable during times of crop failure and food shortage.