Last month, I traveled with four incredible individuals to World Concern’s project sites in Kenya and South Sudan. In order to see numerous projects and meet a variety of beneficiaries, the majority of our trip was spent in planes, cars, buses, and LandRovers (thanks God for these shock resistant vehicles- 99% of our journey involved jostling over hours of dirt roads). While in Kenya, we visited five or so villages (many of them Internally Displaced Peoples) in the Eastern part of the country. Due to the largest drought in the Horn of Africa in the last 60 years, these pastoralist communities have lost all of their livestock and are now living off of Red Cross Rations and minimal water soures. World Concern’s hope is to assist these people with the basic needs of survival (food and clean water) and then empower the people to sustain themselves. The following pictures will tell the stories of some of World Concern’s sustainable development projects. Moving beyond handouts.
South Sudan, the newest country in the world, is rich in resources, culture, and possibility. The majority of its population is starting their lives, and their country for that matter, from scratch. Many fled the country due to persecution and are now returning to begin their lives anew. Traveling through South Sudan, you can sense the excitement and sense of possibilty. Unfortuantely, the country has little to no infrastructure and many people are without any sort of job or educational training. The current World Concern field staff, various other NGO workers, and South Sudanese people will be the shapers and builders of this country that stands on the brink of an incredibly hopeful and successful future. Partner with me in sharing their stories!
These photos share the beauty, depravity, successes, and difficulties of the projects and people of World Concern. Though their circumstances, language, and environment are unfamiliar to us in the states, these are the stories of humans. Humans who have families, siblings, frustrations, joys- whose unique and valuable stories deserve to be heard.
For more information on the work I will be doing as World Concern’s Africa Communication Liaison, read this.
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Thanks for your continued support as I am still raising my budget. It is my goal to be living in the field by this November. In order to reach this goal, I need about $900 more a month. Sounds like a lot, but if only 18 people give $50 a month, the goal will be reached!
Asante Sana!, Kelly