Over 2 billion people live in fragile conflict zones, driving 80% of the world’s humanitarian needs. These complex crises threaten efforts to end extreme poverty, and often increase tensions between ethnic, tribal and political groups. Resulting instability and threats of violence drive people from their homes and prevent access to food, water, health services and shelter.
In these complex humanitarian crises—in places like Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and other states in constant turmoil, World Relief works to:
& Build Peace
World Relief has a long and trusted history in many of these countries and crises, where often we are still the leading, if not sole, relief and development organization on the ground. In these contexts, we work to strengthen local churches and community structures through programs in:
Health & Nutrition
Water & Sanitation
World Relief also aims to bring hope and healing to communities in conflict and to break down barriers between people who are separated by ethnic and social division. We design and implement programming in conflict prevention and peacebuilding, including, Village Peace Committees to mediate grassroots conflicts, violence interruption to directly intervene in local conflict situations and youth against violence initiatives to rally youth to advocate for peace in their communities
Peacebuilding and the Church
Our peacebuilding work in conflict states has been internationally recognized both for its innovative, proactive approach to conflict resolution as well as for its bottom-up, community driven focus. We seek to resolve conflict and work toward reconciliation before these conflicts spill into violence and bloodshed.
In Christian contexts, where we believe that the church can be a powerful voice in conflict resolution, we train pastors to mediate and resolve conflicts through our Village Peace Committees (VPCs). In non-Christian contexts, proactive interfaith peacebuilding is also a critical part of our work. Here, we build interfaith networks that invite men and women of different faiths to come together as leaders and community influencers.
Such an approach ensures that conflict-ridden communities are better able to maintain peace, build stability and social harmony and access mechanisms that help resolve local conflicts before they turn to war.