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Watering a Garden of Hope in South Sudan

by Stephanie Chunoo

Watering cans come in all shapes and sizes: small tin ones to care for indoor plants, heirloom copper cans that haven’t seen water in fifty years, large green industrial tools to shower the whole garden. For families in Aweil, South Sudan, watering cans were part of a food security response that provided hope for a […]

Supporting Rohingya Refugees

by Stephanie Chunoo

Of the 742,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled brutal persecution in Myanmar, over half are children. Sadly, the number of girls and boys who have lost one or both parents exceeds 35,000. Day after day, these children open their eyes in a Bangladesh refugee camp feeling completely alone. Sufira, a resilient 17-year-old Rohingya orphan, remembers […]

Cyclone Idai: One Year Later

by Stephanie Chunoo

“The water was everywhere, it was above knee-high, and it stayed for one week,” remembered Margaret Chidothi, as the one-year anniversary of Cyclone Idai approaches. During the deadly storm, Margaret and her family of six lost their home and entire livelihood. The cyclone washed away her maize, pigeon peas and sorghum just a month before […]

Drought-Affected Families Receive Support in Pakistan

by Karen Bokma

Seventy-three-year-old Kasi lives with her son and his wife in the small village of Ranahar in Sindh Province, Pakistan. Kasi worked on the family farm and her son was as a tractor driver, which provided enough income to meet the family’s needs. That all changed, though, when her son began to experience severe chest pains […]

Daily Struggles with Drought in Afghanistan

by Karen Bokma

Kazim was very concerned for his family. Due to a debilitating illness, for years he hadn’t been able to optimally farm his acre of land—but they got by. Then, the effects of climate change made his farm and others in the area infertile. “Due to low precipitation and shortage of water, as well as my […]

Rohingya Family Carries on Despite Devastating Challenges

by Karen Bokma

Since August 2017, three quarters of a million Rohingya refugees have been forced by violence to leave their homes in Myanmar. It’s a difficult journey for everyone. For Nosomakatun, a mother of two children with disabilities, it was even harder. When arson and killings began to occur against the Rohingya people in her neighbourhood, Nosomakatun […]

Yemen: Thanking God for What Remains

by Karen Bokma

Ahmed used to live next to a very unfriendly neighbour: a military base. One day, air strikes turned his family home in Yemen to rubble. Thankfully, Ahmed and his family of nine escaped with their lives. With nowhere to live, Ahmed, his wife and their seven children were forced to seek refuge under a bridge […]

Malawian Mother Empowered by Food Aid After Cyclone Idai

by Anna Muir

Katherine will always remember the powerful flood waters that rushed up to her knees and penetrated the walls of her home. Six months ago, Cyclone Idai unleashed torrential rain and winds that led to devastating flooding across Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Katherine was one of 840,000 Malawians stuck in the storm. The devastating deluge ruined […]

So That All May Flourish: World Food Day 2019

by Anna Muir

Poverty, the rising cost of food and an unstable climate are a few of the reasons that about 821 million people around the world don’t have regular access to nutritious food. Staggeringly, conflict is responsible for 10 out of 13 of the world’s main food crises. Yemen is currently the world’s largest food crisis. In […]

Trusting God to Provide

by Karen Bokma

When Job lost his oxen, sheep and camels, as well as his beloved children, he still chose to say, “Blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21). Mai Kenkoo, despite facing devastating tragedy, also perseveres in trusting God. “I have faith in God,” she says, “He will do better for us.” Mai’s family once […]