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Burundi

Burundi has been plagued on-and-off by widespread violence over the 50 years since independence, culminating in a civil war which ended in 2005.

Since then, there has been relative peace and some economic recovery. However, progress halted in 2015 following disputed elections and an attempted coup. Since then, hardship has increased for the majority of the country’s 11 million people (who are mostly poor rural subsistence farmers).

Burundi is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking 185 out of 189 countries in the 2018 Human Development Index. Over 80% of the population lives below the international poverty line of $1.90 per day. Fifty-eight percent of children suffer from chronic malnutrition, and one out of every ten children in Burundi dies before the age of five from a preventable disease.

Since 2004, World Relief has been on the ground in Burundi, helping local churches and government agencies to tackle these problems. Today, we run programs in:

Programs

Church Mobilization and Empowerment

Child Development

Savings Groups

Agriculture

Family Strengthening

Health & Nutrition

Leadership

Cesalie Nicimpaye, Country Director

Francois Niyitegeka, Program Director

Ezechiel Hatungimana, Church Empowerment Director

Claire Kanuma, HR and Operations Manager

Faustine Nyenyeri, Finance Manager

Cambodia

Decades have passed since the Khmer Rouge perpetrated a bloody genocide, eliminating a quarter of the country’s population, but Cambodia’s deep scars remain.

Today, the nation continues to struggle with poor infrastructure, unresolved trauma, interpersonal mistrust, and low levels of literacy.

Despite a rapidly growing economy, economic inequality continues to grow, increasing food insecurity, especially in rural areas. Inadequate access to food & lack of diverse nutritional sources has resulted in stunted growth of a third of Cambodian children under 5. With many parents being forced to migrate from rural to urban areas in search of economic opportunities, many children also experience extended periods of time without the care of their parents.

Since 1997, World Relief has been working alongside a network of home churches to implement innovative programs that equip families in their communities to build brighter futures. Today, we run programs in:

Programs

Anti-Human Trafficking

Child Development & Protection

Church Mobilization & Empowerment

Economic Development & Livelihoods

Health & Nutrition

Leadership

Brandon Prichard, Country Director

Romroth Chuon, Program Operations Director

Sivan Oun, Program Support Director

Sokha Min, Church Empowerment Director

Uddom Khim, Finance & HR Director

Samedy Uy, Savings for Life Coordinator

Vanna Chin, Child Development & Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator

Bunsao Ea, Church Empowerment Manager

DR Congo

In the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, World Relief works in areas where multiple armed groups are operating and where violence persists.

Communities’ proximities to conflict have led to destabilization that results in displacement, sexual and gender-based violence, and trauma. Most people in the DRC rely on agriculture as the main source of food as well as income. But frequent attacks on villages are disrupting peoples ability to feed and provide for their families.

In addition, rape is used as a weapon of war against women in conflict zones. Farming their fields or  traveling long distances leave women vulnerable to attack by militias. Survivors of rape face serious medical complications, mental trauma and ostracism if their attack is known by their community.

Since 2001, World Relief has been on the ground in Congo helping communities restart their lives and address the social fractures that exist as a result of long-term conflict. Today, we run programs in:

Programs

Savings Groups

HIV/AIDS

Peacebuilding

Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Trauma Healing

Agriculture and Food Security

Church Mobilization & Empowerment

Leadership

Jean Nyandwi, Country Director

Kapalata Ndashimye, Program Coordinator

Amos Malunga, Finance and Administration Manager

Trésor Sendihi, Design, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager

Haiti

Though rich in culture and resources, Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, ranking 168 out of 189 countries on the Human Development Index in 2018.

About a quarter of Haitians live in extreme poverty and much of the nation’s potential wealth has been squandered through centuries of colonialism, slavery, corruption, disease, and natural disasters.

Many of the remote areas where World Relief works have largely been left alone to deal with the aftermath of natural disasters and difficulties of economic and agricultural decline. Basic infrastructure like roads and water points have been compromised. Most families survive on subsistence farming and seasonal income.

Since 1988, World Relief has been on the ground in Haiti and working to tackle these problems. Today, we run programs in;

Programs

Church Mobilization and Empowerment

Savings Groups

Family Strengthening

Maternal & Child Health

Leadership

Joseph Bataille, Country Director

Naderge Lorvilon, Director of Administration & Finance

Esther Pyram, Church Empowerment Zone Coordinator

Guirlène Joseph, Families for Life Manager

Christar Laloy Jean, Savings for Life Manager

Kenya

Nearly 80% of Kenya’s population of 47 million live in rural areas, with most dependent on subsistence agriculture or livestock.

Over 50% of the population is below the age of 15 and despite the steady growth of the economy, more than half of the country’s population lives below the poverty line. Kenya faces a high dependency burden, which places pressing demands on social services, including education and health care.  In addition, severe droughts in parts of Kenya where World Relief works have triggered an ongoing food crisis and rendered these regions highly vulnerable.

Since 1991, World Relief has been on the ground in Kenya and working to tackle these problems. Today, we run programs in:

Programs

Church Mobilization and Empowerment

Savings Groups

Agriculture

Health & Nutrition

Family Strengthening

Water & Sanitation

Maternal & Child Health

Leadership

Elias Kamau, Country Director

Oliver Otsimi, AKAN Program Manager

Sophie Wasonga, HR & Administration Manager

Linsey Ojwang, Finance Manager

Nancy Owola, Economic Development and M&E Manager

Malawi

Malawi is one of the poorest countries globally, with 70% of Malawians living beneath the international poverty line.

One of the most devastating results of Malawi’s poverty is severe malnutrition, which triggers a host of other health and development issues. These include high rates of child and maternal mortality, diminished cognitive ability and weakened immune systems - the latter already a significant threat due to wide prevalence of HIV/AIDS. Malawi’s children face a difficult future with over two-thirds of them deprived of basic needs which include access to education, health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene.

Like most countries in Southern Africa, Malawi is at the epicenter of the HIV epidemic. AIDS-related illnesses are robbing the country of its prime workforce. In 2016, an estimated one million women, men, and children) were living with HIV, and more than half a million children had been orphaned by AIDS.

Since 1999, World Relief has been on the ground in Malawi and working to tackle these problems. Today, we run programs in:

Programs

Agriculture

Child Development & Protection

Church Mobilization & Empowerment

Family Strengthening

Economic Development & Livelihoods

Health & Nutrition

Water & Sanitation

Leadership

Gibson Nkanaunena, Country Director

Jane Lumanga, Director of Programs

Rodgers Kamphinda, Finance and Administration Manager

Matilda Matitha, Health & Nutrition Project Manager

Angela Mwambungu Banda, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Dixon Maunda, Church Empowerment Program Coordinator

George Mkandawire, Assistant Program Manager for Child Development & Family Strengthening

Gift Mwase, Savings for Life Program Coordinator

Rwanda

Nicknamed the “land of a thousand hills,” Rwanda’s magnificent scenery has been the stage of unimaginable tragedy.

In 1994, long-simmering ethnic tensions erupted into genocide, killing as many as one million Rwandans in a mere 100 days and leaving behind an entire generation of orphans and widows. The genocide has left a lingering mark on the country. Many people have physical and emotional wounds and others face a daily struggle for food, shelter, healthcare, and education.

Although Rwanda is peaceful today, the genocide deepened the country’s already entrenched poverty. Today, nearly 40% of Rwandans live below the poverty line and almost half of all Rwandan children suffer from chronic malnutrition, severely limiting growth, brain development, performance in school and the body’s ability to fight disease.

Since 1994, World Relief has been on the ground in Rwanda and working to tackle these problems. Today we run programs in:

Programs

Agriculture

Child Development

Savings Groups

Water & Sanitation

Family Strengthening

Health and Nutrition

Church Mobilization & Empowerment

Leadership

Moses Ndahiro, Country Director

Jacqueline Mukashema, Finance and Administration Director

Pascasie Nsanzabozwa, Church Empowerment Director

South Sudan

South Sudan emerged in 2011 as the world’s newest state, but conflict returned in December 2013 when an internal power struggle descended into armed conflict.

The crisis has caused widespread destruction, death, and displacement of millions.. Gender-based violence and forced recruitment of boys into military forces are common and severe food insecurity plagues millions of communities across the country.

Although South Sudan is rich in natural resources, the large majority of the population earns its livelihood from farming or retailing activity – both of which are carried out on a small scale and generate little profit.. Unemployment and underemployment are very high and the availability of basic social services like education and healthcare remain severely low.

Since 1998, World Relief has been on the ground in South Sudan and working to tackle these problems. Today, we run programs in:

Programs

Agriculture and Food Security

Education in Emergencies

Health & Nutrition

Disaster Risk Reduction

Savings Groups

Water & Sanitation

Leadership

Ric Hamic, Country Director

Paul Lokaba, Program Director

Edwin Raju, Finance and Administration Director

Peter Kinuthia, Operations Director

Sudan

For decades, Sudan’s westernmost region of Darfur has been plagued by armed conflict.

While many parts of the region have stabilized and shifted to recovery,  others remain more fragile. 

Poverty levels in Darfur are among the highest in the country, with almost two thirds of the population falling below the  poverty line. Human development indicators are among the worst in Africa. The delivery of essential services like health, nutrition, education and water have been severely compromised, not just by the conflict but by the limited human and financial resources available to the region.

Since 2004, World Relief has been on the ground in Sudan and working to tackle these problems. Today, we run programs in:

Programs

Health & Nutrition

Peacebuilding

Savings Groups

Water & Sanitation

Education in Emergencies

Protection

Agriculture and Food Security

Integrated Water Management

Leadership

Gemta Birhanu Adula, Country Director

Rose Moraa Onsomu, Finance & Administration Manager

Abiyot Kitaw, Program Manager

Debebe Taye, Development Projects & M&E Manager

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