International Disaster

Sep 14, 2012 by Vanessa Mathews Hanna

World Renew Assisting Displaced Persons in Pakistan

Recent events in Pakistan have left the minority Christian population vulnerable to attacks, looting, and burning. The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, now known as World Renew, is responding by providing support and living supplies to those displaced by violence. The situation began on August 16, 2012 when an eleven-year old Christian girl with special needs was arrested under Pakistan’s Blasphemy law. Rimsha Masih had been preparing a fire near her home in the slums using papers she collected from the garbage. A neighbour claimed that the burning pages were from a religious Islamic book. He raised an alarm and soon an angry mob attacked Rimsha and her family. Police rescued them from the crowd and placed the girl under arrest.

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.

Sep 17, 2018 by Christina de Jong

Your Dollar at Work in the World

Your one dollar multiplies to $1.60 in impact because of the matching grants that World Renew accesses. 8% is put aside for future disaster response and community development program. 92% is invested in program and general operating support. World Renew directs just 18 cents of the remaining $1.48 to...

Sep 14, 2018 by Jon Self

Preparing to Respond to Super Typhoon Mangkhut

Mangkhut made landfall in the early hours of Saturday, September 15. With wind gusts of over 250km/h, Mangkhut is a category 5 storm and has caused significant devastation. The risk of landslides, flooding, and wind damage, may leave millions in need of humanitarian assistance. Please pray for the safety of the millions that prepare for one of the strongest storms of the year, and pray that damage would be limited. World Renew is closely monitoring the situation in the coming days and is prepared to respond.

Aug 31, 2018 by Jon Self

One Year Walking Alongside Rohingya Refugees

BANGLADESH - One year ago, life forever changed for Rohingya families living in Myanmar. On August 25, 2017, the Myanmar military began a campaign of brutal attacks against thousands of Rohingya people.

Aug 21, 2018 by Jon Self

Earthquakes in Indonesia and Flooding in India

In the weeks since, there have been many aftershocks as well as several other major earthquakes in the area. The earthquakes have killed over 400 people, displaced 387,000 more, and destroyed an estimated 62,000 homes. For the thousands of families who are living through this crisis, some of the most significant needs are food and temporary shelter. Earthquakes have damaged many homes and families no longer believe that it is safe to stay in them for fear of more destruction.

Aug 10, 2018 by Christina de Jong

World Renew Will Respond to Indonesia Earthquakes

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck East Lombok, Indonesia on Sunday July 29th, followed by a second 7.0 earthquake one week later on Sunday, August 5th in Northern Lombok. Besides the hundreds of related aftershocks, a third earthquake followed with a magnitude 5.9 August 9th, this time centred Northeast of Mataram City, creating panic and hindering rescue efforts.

Aug 2, 2018 by Beth Degraff

Matching Funds for Rohingya Response

The funds will be matched 1-to-1 by Seattle-based non-profit, One Day’s Wages, making $100,000 available for the project. The funds will provide ten community kitchens at Jamtoli that include:

Jul 11, 2018 by Kristen deRoo VanderBerg

Host Communities Receive Assistance as Part of Rohingya Response

While the ongoing Rohingya refugee crisis spurred the need for supplies, the recipients were not refugees themselves. Instead, this particular distribution focused on helping vulnerable families who were already living in the area before the recent flood of refugees arrived.

May 14, 2018 by Jonathan Self

World Renew Responds to Kenya Flooding

On May 9, this hit particularly close to home for World Renew. With the increased water levels from the heavy rains, a dam burst in Solai, a region of Kenya where World Renew has been working with farmers on conservation agriculture. Prior to these floods, farmers in this community were experiencing the transformative impact of conservation agriculture. Crop yields were increasing many times over.